Puppy Police

Please Someone Call the Police! : You know how in crime movies and criminal investigation shows they usually include an audio of a victom talking to the police over the phone? Well in this assignment make an audio of you talking to the police over the phone. Your story of why you are calling the police is up to you, but make sure the audio has two different voices using Audacity or some other audio editing software. (4 stars).

This assignment is apart of my final narrative of “Edna’s Not Missing”. I used the assignment because I wanted to call into the police that Miranda (Me) was missing. Usually, people don’t call the police when their dogs or cats run away from home or are missing, but I wanted to do this for exaggeration for my story to show how worried Edna was.

I used Audacity for this audio assignment, and throughout the semester, it has been such a great application for recording and editing sounds and effects.

First, I decided to record both parts first. I did the “Police” voice first. Then I recorded Edna’s voice. This was funny because I tried to make them sound a little different.

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I also had to move the recordings over to the correct places so it became a conversation! I used the button in the middle (on the bottom) which has arrows on both sides to drag my recordings to the right place.

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I decided to change the pitch of the “Police’s” part. I went to Effect, then Change Pitch. I decided to drag the bar at the bottom which is “Percent Change” to -10. This made the voice deeper so it would sound different from Edna’s.

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That was basically it. I exported my audio using File, Export Media.

Here is the finished police call!

—SALTY SKINN

Row Row Polyphony: The Mouse Ran Up the Clock!

Row Row Polyphony: “An imitative polyphony can best be described as when you were younger in music class and the teacher would have one side of the class start singing “row row row your boat” and then part way through the song have the other half of the class start singing from the beginning. It is basically two similar melodies sung at the same time, but at different points.” (2.5 stars).

For this assignment, I took a trip back to pre-school and started using some nursery rhymes! A polyphony is a repeated song or rhyme. I wanted to use a different song rather than choosing the used “Row Row Row”, so I used “Hickory Dickory Dock”. First, I recorded myself singing the nursery rhyme in Audacity. I then copied it twice and pasted it onto another line. Then I used the Time Shift tool (It is a double sided arrow), and moved the second one to the right, and the third one a little further. I then downloaded the instrumental “Hickory Dickory Dock” and added that to the background. I turned down the sound of the actual song itself so you would hear my polyphony in action.

It was a fun assignment. These songs are always cool to hear so I thought it would be interesting to create my own one! I did travel down memory lane because while looking at songs to choose, it all reminded me of a book I had when I was younger that had all nursery rhymes in it. I know I sang them all!

—SALTY SKINN

Imitate Some Weather: Sunday Morning..

Imitate Some Weather: Using only your voice and things within arm’s reach of your computer, imitate some kind of weather. It doesn’t have to be long, but make it sound as real as possible. (2.5 stars).

For my audio assignment, I had to use something near and my own voice to imitate the sound of some type of weather. I wanted to imitate a rain storm. Using Audacity, I recorded myself making this rain storm audio sound. I just hit the Red Circle to begin.Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 8.07.20 PM

I used my own breath to breathe near the microphone to create wind. I also had a cracker bag that I used to imitate rain on a window sill. I think it came out great! This is a great assignment since it is very random, but once I listened to it back, it sounded so real! I believe that stories that are both creative and random make such great stories.

—SALTY SKINN

Audio Story: So and So’s Greatest Hits

For this audio story, I chose to do “So and So’s Greatest Hits”. I was supposed to choose my favorite band, artist or musician, and then choose 5 of their greatest hit songs. With this, we are then supposed to create an audio track with a mash-up of these songs! I really liked this assignment because simply, I love music. And by now, I am becoming more used to using Audicity, so it is easier.

I ended up choosing John Mayer after looking through my iTunes, since it was filled with his name! John Mayer is such a great artist, and I do love his songs. I saw him in concert so this was an easy pick.

First, I imported 5 of his songs onto Audacity. I ended up piecing them where I wanted them in order to create a mash-up. I used the “Time-shift” tool to move them around properly. I lowered the volume for some of the louder songs, and then faded them all out so each song flows into another! It’s a John Mayer masterpiece!

I did run into some issues with SoundCloud though. I am still solving the issue by myself, so I chose to use a different program called Audiomack to upload my audio until I can figure it out!

I enjoyed doing this! Each audio story I have made this week is original and I feel very proud after each is done, especially this mash-up one.

 

—-SALTY SKINN

Audio Story: Emotions Through Sound

So for my next audio challenge, I decided to choose one with cool sounds and combine them all to make an entire track. I really enjoyed this one because it sounded so great at the end! 🙂

I did the “Emotions Through Sound” Assignment where I needed to convey a certain emotion using 4 sounds. My sound was serenity.

I actually was busy commenting on another student’s blog and she did the same assignment and I really liked it, so I decided to do it as well. She gave some really nice pointers so I took them to heart and learned a bit more about Audacity and audio itself!

First, I went to FreeSound which has a variety of sounds you can download directly onto your Audacity application. I looked for ambiance-like sounds: birds chirping, trees, crickets. I found four that I liked: Birds, frogs, crickets at night, and rain on leaves. Personally, I think nature can be very peaceful, so I knew exactly which sounds I wanted to use for serenity. I downloaded them all, and dragged them into the application. I played around with the sounds as a whole in order to convey my emotion. Then, I played around with the Effects tool, and turned on “Fade Out” so it fades at the very end. I stalled the birds chirping until a little later into my audio track, and had the frogs really loud at the beginning using the “envelope” tool.  I also made the rain more subtle so it wouldn’t stand out behind the other sounds, by decreasing the volume.

I hope my sound is very serene!

—-SALTY SKINN

Audio Story: Real Housewives Tagline

For this assignment, I had to create an audio tagline that represented me if I were on Real Housewives.

This was my first ever audio assignment, and I was learning how to use Audacity. I first recorded myself, then I had to export it to SoundCloud. It was pretty easy. I was nervous at first, and it was a little weird to hear my own voice being played back.

I liked this assignment because I have watched many Real Housewive shows! I tried to remember the tag lines that they have used in the past, which were all sassy and short. So, I made mine the same. I like to think that I can be the life of the party or just the life of a room! I like to cheer people up when the mood is mediocre.

—-SALTY SKINN