Month: September 2017

Action Packed Soundtrack of Week Five

Action Packed Soundtrack of Week Five

Done with the first month, in to the second. Audio was the overarching theme this time around. For this week we had to do three daily creates. First was combining two fears. Spider's and Smalltalk, oh my!! #ds106 #tdc2085 pic.twitter.com/FhYNTUD8Oq — Kasey Mayer (@KaseyMayer) September […]

The Impact of Sound

The Impact of Sound

The first thing that comes to mind when considering audio narratives is “It’s not what you say, but how you say it.” While what you say is definitely important, sound can change the meaning whether through tone, special effects, and music. For example, in Moon […]

The Origin of Weather Woman

The Origin of Weather Woman

One of our assignments this week was to create an introduction for our character (like the Powerpuff Girls). To do this, I used my own voice and freesounds.org for the music and sound effects. I started simply with the character name and then into her birth. I used a hurricane sound effect since she was born during a hurricane and started my voice over. As I move into her discovering and using her powers I switch to a guitar solo because that’s the type of music Weather Woman listens to in my head when she wants to get pumped up. I end the intro with her motto “Your forecast is looking up” and tried to pitch my voice higher to make it sound like a different person. I had some trouble layering the audio for this one, but I am still pretty happy with how it turned out. Weather Woman isn’t super complicated so I tried to make her intro simple as well to fit her character.

Weather Woman Power Sample

Weather Woman Power Sample

This 2.5 star assignment said to make a weather sound using your voice and objects around you. I needed to get a little crafty with this assignment. The rules of this assignment were that I had to make a weather sound using only myself and […]

Bumper Break in DS106 Radio

Bumper Break in DS106 Radio

This week, we had to create a 10-30 second bumper for DS106 Radio. I created this bumper using audacity. I used 2 sounds from freesongs.org and a recording of my own voice to make it. I’m not sure how to describe the sound it starts […]

Thursday Soundtrack

Thursday Soundtrack

This 4 star assignment said to record different sounds throughout your day and compile them into a soundtrack. So here is my typical Thursday this semester.

I wasn’t able to record something from each step of my day, but my Thursdays are pretty repetitive so you can get the idea. Here’s how my Thursday go:

  1. Shower
  2. Eat breakfast (usually Poptarts)
  3. Go to 8am
  4. Wait for next class
  5. Class as 12:30
  6. Class at 2
  7. Come back to apartment
  8. Chill a little
  9. Dinner
  10. Wash my face

For this Thursday sound compilation I include:

  1. Shower
  2. Poptart wrapper
  3. Walking to class
  4. My 8am class
  5. Waiting period between classes
  6. Walking into my apartment after class
  7. Getting food out of the fridge
  8. And the sink facet

I used audacity to make this. I thought it would be interesting to break my life down into a bunch of 10 second clips. When I started recording I realize that it would be pretty long if I recorded something from every part of my day which is why I cut out some of the other classes. When school starts I usually get into a repetitive schedule so this truly is the soundtrack for my Thursday. Listening to it really makes me want to switch my day somehow. Although I’m not quite sure how I will since my life is one big planner in an attempt to get all my work finished.

What’s the story?

What’s the story?

This 3.5 star assignment said to create a story using only sounds. For this assignment, I decided to go with something easy to guess, but more emotional impact. All sounds came from freesound.org and then complied using audacity. The sounds were: music, crash, ambulance, flat line, […]

Who Would Listen to This Radio Show?

Who Would Listen to This Radio Show?

This week we had to come up with some possible ideas for a the DS106 Radio show. Here are some of the ideas I had: An origins show for some characters of today’s popular superhero stories. Explain how different characters came to be and who […]

Trying to Follow DS106 Radio

Trying to Follow DS106 Radio

I listened to DS106 Radio on Thursday September 28th. It was an interesting experience. For that session, they played the audio for a Batman story. The audio itself was very good, clear with good layering and sound movement from the left to the right. The characters had very distinct voice for the most part, but that was were I also got lost. There were many characters because it followed a story line of Batman trying to recapture his past foes. While I do know a little about Batman, I have not read any comic books for it and have only seen a few shows and movies. This made it difficult to follow along as they kept introducing more and more characters with a back story that I wasn’t familiar with. However, I still appreciate the work that went into making it. They were able to make distinct character voices that I could follow along with without a visual. I also liked how they added distance making sounds get louder/softer or move from left to right. Live tweeting was also interesting because I saw people commenting on certain sounds that I hadn’t noticed at first and it allowed me to hear things I may not have otherwise heard.

Sickness Strikes in Week Four

Sickness Strikes in Week Four

Sickness starting circulating at UMW and while I have thankful help off from the worst, I have been feeling not to hot all week and trying to sleep it off. This lead to a lag in my participation unfortunately. I looked at twitter every day […]