Find Me in My Castle

Audio Assignment – Dramatic Reading Remix

For this audio assignment, I had to (dramatically) read the lyrics of one song and then add the music of another completely random song to create an abstract musical remix. The following content is explicit due to strong language.

I immediately knew what song I wanted to read for this project just because of the lyrics it has. Castle by Macklemore. The message behind the song is not the best but thats besides the point. I printed out the lyrics and opened up audacity. I started recording and read my heart out. Whenever I would mess up, similar to my last project, I would pause for a second and start the stanza over. As I have said before, this makes the editing process easy. Once I got the entire song down, it was time to pick a song. I went to my iTunes library and sorted the songs by time duration. My final fead was approx. 3:50 long so I was looking for music with similar times. I closed my eyes and randomly clicked on a song and this was the one. The Prayer by lil Wayne haha. I imported it into Audacity and had to adjust all the sound so the reading wasn’t drowned out.

I am actually really not happy with the way this came out. I think reading these lyrics wasn’t as great as I had hoped it would have been. Idk, Its missing something?? But yeah, not too thrilled with the outcome. Any suggestions?

Macklemore-black-and-white

3.5 STARS

Mmmm Queso…

Audio Assignment – Cheesy Radio Ad For Your School

If you had one guess what I had to create for this audio assignment, I bet you’ll guess right.

To create this cheesy radio ad I opened up ole’ faithful, Audacity. I began by gathering some thoughts on what I wanted to bring up. I decided on…

1. The Parties

2. Our Snow Angel

3. The Food

I clicked the record button and improved on each of the three topics. Whenever I messed up, I pause for a second and try again until I was finished. This allowed me to edit out the flaws at the end with the cut tool in the application. I then added some background music. Its as easy as click and drag to import the audio file. I had to trim the song to an appropriate length and also had to lower the volume of it so it wouldn’t drown out my voice. Lastly, I added the fade out effect on the background song to complete it.

3.5 STARS

 

Jota is

Audio Assignment – Emotions Through Sound

I had to try to convey a certain emotion, such as fear, stress, sadness, etc. by combing sound effects. I chose stress(FREE)! I had to use 4 sound clips and combine them to make a sound story of emotion. I went to Freesound.org and dowloaded 4 sounds, birds chirping, water flowing, beer cracking, and gulp sighing. I used audacity for the assignment and uploaded all four sounds in. I made the birds chirp and water flow for a little before I opened my beer to show that Im in no rush. Im in a total relaxed mood. I then timed the signing after to the beer opening to show a chronological ordering of events. Lastly, I added a fade out effect to the birds and water near the end so the ending wouldn’t be so abrupt. Enjoy.

Im really enjoying this new temporary life outside of Miami. Maggie Black has been a great host but is still acting kind of weird ever since she has talked to Jack… Anyways, this is me in a non-stressed mood/emotion outside in the back yard. it has quickly become my favorite place to hang out and crack a cold one!

3 STARS

My Self Reflection

For my last audio assignment of week 4 I only needed .5 stars. While looking in the assignment bank, I came across the Audio Self-Reflection assignment. This was an easy and quick assignment. All you had to do was answer the following questions in a 3-5 minute audio clip:

  • Hi, my name is ….
  • I live in …..
  • I am currently a…. [i.e. UMW Student, DS106 Instructor, Open Online Student, UMW Faculty, DS106 Mentor, Other]
  • I started with session….
  • What brought me to DS106?
  • Why am I still here?

I opened up audacity once again and hit the record button with the list above in view so I could just go down the list. I didn’t practice as I was pretty confident my ability to answer those questions haha. The assignment also recommended to add some background music to personalize it some more. I went through my iTunes library and found a favorite album of mine, Trxye EP, and picked an appropriate song. I ended up picking the song “Fun” and I dragged the file from my iTunes and dropped it into audacity, where my voice recording was. I embedded a youtube video of the entire album if you wanna take a listen to it.. Im a fan. Anyways, I knew I would have to make the background sound a little quieter as it would drown out my voice. I adjusted it using the tools in audacity until I has happy with it. Pretty simple. There is an opportunity to share your audio file here if you do it.

 

1.5 STARS

All Hail Jota

For my next audio assignment, assignment 1432, they asked If I had the opportunity to create my own theme music, what would it sound like?

I IMMEDIATELY knew I had to go get the instrumental of Superstar by Lupe Fiasco! All time favorite song right there. I would listen to it before every highschool soccer game… oh the memories. I went to youtube and found the instrumental and used the recommended mp3 converter, Vidtomp3. Once downloaded, I opened up Audacity and pasted the file into it. I then headed over to www.freesound.org for some extra sound effects. I decided i wanted a paparazzi feel to it so i added the sound of a camera shutter going off. I copy and pasted it in a bunch of times, just varying the positioning so it would sound like a lot of cameras being used at once. I also added a coin machine sound in the beginning for some added effect. It was a fun assignment because I am such a huge fan of the song. Also, Audacity is becoming a lot more easy to manage. At first, I was skeptical, but now Im beginning to grasp the application pretty well making every project a little bit more enjoyable.

4 STARS

Bumpin’

Now that we have a #ds106 radio up and running, I have an assignment to create a 15-30 second radio bumper.

This was a fun audio assignment, allowing to play with Audacity again. I first wrote down my script for what I would say exactly. After deciding on  “You’re listening to DS106 radio! Stay tuned for more quality content.” I went to my itunes library and listened to a bunch of songs to try and get an appropriate back ground song/sound. I decided on I. Crwal by Childish Gambino, however, I used the instrumental of it. download link is here.

Once that was decided, I opened up Audacity and voice recorded my script in two parts on my iMac mic. I did add some cool echo effects under the effect tab. I then imported the downloaded instrumental, cropped it, and adjusted the timing with the voice recording. Sounds easy, but it took some time.

2.5 STARS

What is Jota doing?

For this audio assignment I have to tell a story using nothing but sound effects so no verbal communication… only sound effects. I have to use at least five different sounds that you find online and the story can be no longer than 90 seconds. Lastly, It has to be about your ds106 character, in my case , it’s Jota. I forgot to make a post about my character earlier so I think now would be a good time to introduce him as all of my other character assignments wont make sense until I do so.
“One thing for sure, Jota has a dream. He has a desire of owning his own multi-million dollar estate with a supermodel wife, driving a red Ferrari 458 around town. 
Born and raised in one of the party capitals of America, Miami Fl, Jota knows how to boogie like no other. As a 25 year old college graduate, he is taking his chances by opening his own nightclub. His posh grandma is in love with the idea and decided to help fund the business. He also has the brains on how to get it done. Graduating at the top of his class with a degree in Business Management from Miami, Jota has it all.
Jota knows its gonna take a lot of hard work to get his club world known, but he is willing to do what ever it takes…”
Anyways, here is my sound story!

I first downloaded Audacity and played around with that, I even went to the digital knowledge center for some quick tips that really proved to be useful. Afterwards, I had to think of a story to share that would be plausible with my character. Once I gathered my thoughts, I then proceeded to www.freesound.org and created a free account to start downloading sounds. I made a folder on my desktop so I could put all of the sound files in one easy to find location. After I dowloaded all the sounds in order they would appear in the final track, I opened up Audacity and dragged the new sound files from my folder, one-by-one, into the app. It took me a little over a hour and a half to complete this assignment.
3.5 STARS