This week was really long but I’m glad I explored and figured out Audacity, even though it took me quite awhile. The sound effect story was a lot of fun to make and I worked really hard on it, trying to find the perfect sounds. Since I live in the loft of an old house I made sure to capture that with the old creaky door and steps. The other two audios I made this week were also fun! I definitely learned a lot from the exploration of Audacity and I think it will really help during the rest of the semester. Another thing from this week was the radio tweet along, the escape music and the scared tone of the characters voices, really creeped me out though.
When I think of the best stories, I think of the ones that make you feel like your there. They engage each of your senses. A person is more connected to a story when you perceive it in multiple ways. When multiple senses are stimulated, people will not only relate to your account but be more easily moved by it. When a story is told, the purpose is to make an impact or for people to remember it. But to trigger this kind of response, you can’t merely concentrate on visually presenting the events, characters, and setting features; you have to form a more profound connection. Sound is crucial because it can tell us about spirit, time, and atmosphere. It’s important because it tells us and influences us in ways visuals can’t, and because specific sequences of sound and visuals can provoke a response that neither can do solo. It’s also important because it can help to determine the way we perceive an environment through our other senses. The use of sound is a unique mode of storytelling, and it is widely known for its mood-altering characteristics, the ability to affect behavior, and perception of events. There are strong bonds within sound, emotion, and memory, and our own backgrounds and choices define the nature and magnitude of emotional response we have to various sounds.
I’ve been thinking a lot about radio show ideas and I have had some trouble, probably because I’ve been doing homework all week and my creative juices aren’t flowing!! However, I took my dog on an evening walk and I started thinking about ways to incorporate the 1980s theme into some kind of radio show. My idea is to have a show that discusses how culture, trends and music from the decade is coming back today or how it still effects society/young adults in this decade. A lot of important events happened, and great movies came out in the 80s and I know they have to be impacting us still. Obviously, the idea is super bare and I need to think about it a lot more but this is what I’ve come up with for now!
I chose to do the Make It 800% Slower assignment and to be on theme I decided to use the song, Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now (1987) by Starship. I chose this song for the year but also because it’s one of my favorite songs. It took me a while to figure out how to adjust the pitch and everything when I slowed the track down but I’m happy it is finally complete!
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I decided to compile an MP3 of my favorite sounds for one of my assignments this week. This assignment definitely took some thought because when I think of sounds I enjoy, I immediately think of songs or tiktok sounds. (lol) But, I wanted to think hard about it and pick sounds that I enjoy and wouldn’t think of until I heard them. After I thought about this for a couple days, I finally had decided what sounds I would use.
Below is a list of the sounds and why I chose them:
- The sound of a cracking back because there is nothing more satisfying to me than cracking my back, it feels and sounds AMAZING!
- A ticking clock because I listen to hypnosis to go to sleep and there is a ticking noise, so the ticking clock reminds me of sleeping, which is one of my favorite things.
- I included water flowing in the mountains because I really enjoy being outside and hiking. Plus, the sound of running water is really relaxing.
- The crackling of a bonfire, in the woods, is part of the track because it reminds me of fun nights next to the fire with my friends or camping with my family, making s’mores. Basically, the sound just makes me feel nostalgic.
- The final sound I used is an old jeep running. I know it’s noisy and a lot of people probably think it’s annoying, but I used to drive a 1991 Jeep Wrangler. It sounded just like that and it was and still is my favorite thing to drive.
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For my sound effects story I decided to use sounds to demonstrate my morning routine for taking care of my dog, Rubeus. It begins with an alarm clock and I made sure to include the sound of a dog yawning because Ruby does it every time she wakes up and it’s the cutest sound. The time limit made it a little tough to put everything in the there that I do for her before I leave for class but I put the basics, like feeding her and taking her outside. This assignment was definitely challenging, it took me awhile to get used to using Audacity. Once I figured out the program, I sorted through sounds on freesounds for a few hours, just to see what they had. I’m really please how this assignment turned out overall!
Make sure to check it out on SoundCloud!
I really enjoyed making the visual assignments this week! My favorite one by far was the Brady Bunch family collage because I worked a lot with photoshop and it was a really fun experience to put a collage of my favorite people together! I also enjoyed the daily create from Thursday because it was a lot of fun to use different Photoshop tools to represent Little Red Riding Hood. I’m very happy with how my assignments and daily creates turned out this week.
Below I will explain why I chose each word:
Law for L: I plan to be a lawyer and go to law school!
Adventurous for A: I really enjoy hiking and doing things on a whim so I felt like this was fitting.
Unique for U: well, I could not think of anything and I asked my best friend to describe me using a U word and this is what she said.
RBG for R: Ruth Bader Ginsberg Is My Idol!!!
Eagle for E: As a UMW Eagle, I felt it should be represented.
Nuts for N: I have to tell everyone I meet that I’m deathly allergic to nuts!
And that’s me in a NUT shell, hehe!
I chose to do this assignment because it allowed me to plan a dream vacation! I put so much time into planning this slideshow for this post, I want to take it!
I took all of my favorite pictures of Ruby and made it into a collage for this assignment!