These weeks brought less stress and more confidence. I really was getting the hang of working with audio, which in week 6 I called me least favored week so far and I was ending up enjoying the week. I was a little nervous about working with our group and how that was going to turn out though. I enjoyed having so much time to get everything done. I stayed on top of my work and finished most assignments before week 8.
Doing another audio week allowed me to do an assignment I had wanted to do in the previous week, but couldn’t think of a good song choice. The assignment was 2.5 stars entitled Kiss the Guy. The assignment was to sing a song with the words as you thought they were. When I first saw this assignment during the first audio week I couldn’t think of anything and then this time I had recently seen Brad Paisley in concert and during this song I thought “Man! I could have used this song for that one assignment.” And now I get a chance, since completely this I realized I sing a lot of words wrong and have so many different ideas.
Every weekend has a weekend? Well I guess it does Brad.. No the actual lyrics are every week has a weekend. I thought Brad Paisley’s Crushin’ It said “Every weekend’s a weekend” It wasn’t until I was telling a friend how this line doesn’t make sense that I was told it’s “Every week has a weekend.” Glad I got that figured out before I saw him live.
In preparation for this assignment I reviewed a previous assignment called Confusion in Monkees in which the author thought the line was “and then I saw her face, now I’m going to leave her” instead of “and then I saw her face, now I’m a believer.” This was actually hilarious and I laughed out loud. While looking at this assignment I saw that the author of this blog only posted a little under 30 second of himself singing which made me feel more confident about this assignment.
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In order to do the assignment I looked up a karaoke version of the song and played it off of my phone while I sang the lyrics and recorded it in Audacity. Since completely this assignment I have learned how to convert a YouTube video to an MP3 file so that I can use it in Audacity.
After having completed the audio week this assignment was a lot simpler and faster. I knew that I couldn’t record while playing the music off of my computer so I played it off of my phone and then when putting my assignment into Sound Cloud I knew that I had to export the Sound Cloud file so that I could upload it and then embed it into my blog post. This is what my recording looked like it Audacity. I also learned after doing this assignment that I can record multiple sounds and didn’t need to play the music off my phone and sing.
Looking back on this assignment I can tell how much I leaned just in these two weeks just by completing assignments and playing around with Audacity and different tools.
For my second audio assignment I decided to do a 4 star assignment entitled Line Remix. The assignment was to
Take a famous line from a movie and remix it. to create an entirely new story from just this one line. Get creative, but make sure to have a good balance between what you add and keep to make sure that the line is still regonizable, but tells the story completly differently.
I started by downloading a YouTube video of The Notebook Kissing Scene. I thought it would be funny to take the scene where Noah tells Ally he wrote her and change it into more of a stalkerish feel, than a romantic one.
I then converted the YouTube video to an MP3 using a YouTube converter. This will allow me to better manipulate the different sound in the video. This is also how you get a video from YouTube to Audacity. I’ve been trying to figure out how to do this for so long and then my roommate said why don’t you just use a converter. I have used this converter before while putting songs on my iPod so I knew this would be easy to use.
I then uploaded the mp3 to Audacity. When you download the MP3 file from the converter you can just drag the file straight to Audacity and drop it.
In order to remove the background noise (rain and music) I used Noise Reduction. That left me with a very quiet audio as you can see in the wave lengths below.
Then I used the Amplify tool to make the audio louder. You can only amplify it so loud. For example below the OK button is faded and you can’t click it because the amplification is too high.
After amplifying the wavelengths were a lot bigger as you can see below.
I then cut the empty spaces out so there wasn’t long dramatic breaks. I feel like long dramatic breaks work better for the romantic feel where when your scared it’s shorter sentences and shorter breaks in between. Below you can see the difference in the length compared to above. I did this by selecting a section and then pressing delete. You have to make sure that the file is stopped and not running in order to delete or do any effects to do any alterations to the file.
I wanted Noah to sound scarier and Allie to sound more shocked so I changed the speed, pitch, and tempo.
I also played around with Equalization tool. This allowed me to change different points within a selected amount of the audio clip and change the dB and a certain Hz. This tool was very helpful in changing the way the sentences were said.
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I decided to check out some of the blogs while doing this assignment and found that most people just rearranged the words and made different sentences using some of the same words. They then recorded themselves saying the rearranged words. This seemed easier than what I was doing of trying to change the tone of their voices. I looked at a Mean Girls, Princess Diaries, and She’s the Man one and they all did this. There rearrangements were very funny!
If I did the assignment like they did above I would have kept the same line:
Young Noah: I wrote you 365 letters. I wrote you everyday for a year.
Young Allie: You wrote me?
Young Noah: Yes… it wasn’t over, it still isn’t over.
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And then I would have remixed the line to:
Young Noah: I watched you 365 times. I watched you everyday for a year.
Young Allie : You watched me?
Young Noah: Yes… it wasn’t over, it still isn’t over.
During this assignment I learned about taking YouTube videos and converting them to MP3 files in order to use the file in Audacity. This was a very simple solution to my problem that I had already used previously, however I had never thought of using it for that reason.
I thought my explanation and screen shots for this assignment were very good, thought out, and walked the reader through the process so I decided to use this as one of my tutorials.
This assignment was to create a bumper for your radio show. I had no idea what a bumper is so Professor Polack’s description helped a lot.
…it should be within the theme/style of your show, and include the name of the show and a ds106 radio station announcement, like “You’re listening to the Doggie Doo Show on ds106 radio, where it’s always a romp in the park”. A bumper is merely a reminder to the audience what they are listening to.
I decided to start by Googling a song called 9 lives and I found a very funny one, which I then used as background music for my bumper.
I used the MP3 converter and downloaded the MP3.
Then being stupid I though the bumper couldn’t be longer than 10 seconds so I cropped the song and used only the parts I wanted and combined them to make a cool shortened version on the song that works for our show.
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I then recorded myself with Audacity saying ” You’re listening to 9 lives put on by the Grumpy Desperadoes, bringing you a spooktacular Halloween special, stay tuned.” I recorded myself on the same Audacity tab that already had the song downloaded to it. This is when I learned that you can not only record in Audacity after you have already placed files in Audacity, but you can start the sound files at any point by clicking the time and then uploading or dropping the file in.
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I then added a cat growling (meowing?) when I say spooktacular. I got the cat meowing from freesound.org.
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I wish I had realized it was a minimum or 10 seconds not a max 10 seconds, but in the end I was happy with what I had for my bumper and had learned a lot of new audio tools and techniques.
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This assignment was to create a commercial to keep your audience listening to the show so I figured it meant something about the show. So I talked about the last two topics of our show, to advertise what was to come in the radio show.
I first recorded myself, then added an organ/spooky sound, then screaming when I talk about Sean and I’s section- which is scary stories, then I added the Happy Halloween section to the end, and then finally a creepy laugh. The only editing I did other than cropping was to negatively amplify the organ lower so it wasn’t as loud. I got the organ/ spooky sound and screaming from freesound.org and I got the Happy Halloween section and the creepy laugh from YouTube and then I used the MP3 convertor to covert it so I could drag it to Audacity.
The more audio assignments I do the easier they become. This one was a piece of cake. I used what I previously learned including; that I can click on a certain time and then paste a certain sound at that spot, I can record in Audacity while other files are there, and the how to convert a YouTube video to an MP3 file in order to import it to Audacity.
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Here are the screen shots of the audio editor. As you can see this is a much more complex audio recording. I now have to scroll down in order to see all of the files. There are also recordings starting during other ones and overlapping some. I feel like these screen shots show how far I’ve come since ever the audio assignment I did at the beginning of this week.
— Kelsey Stanbro (@KelseyStanbro) October 5, 2015
Today’s daily create was to create a pareidolia. A pareidolia is a picture that looks like something but is actually something else. At first I thought to use the vase that looks like two people’s faces. I had to do an art project on that picture in middle school, but then I decided to look up some examples of pareidoloia. I absolutely love this picture at first glance it appears to be someones eye, but then you begin to wonder about the bubbles and that’s when it clicks that it’s a sink not an eye. The main component of the picture is the sink drain and that is why one doesn’t notice the bubbles first glance. The drain dominates the photo and gives the appeal that it is an eye rather than a drain.
— Kelsey Stanbro (@KelseyStanbro) October 7, 2015
Today’s daily create was to complete a short story adding on to:
I decided to write about Titanic because that was the only story I can think of with a necklace and I wanted to relate it to a known story.
— Kelsey Stanbro (@KelseyStanbro) October 8, 2015
Today’s daily create was to tweet a picture of what you will miss most about summer. I made a collage of four different pictures and then added summer themed stickers to it. I used a picture I took at sunset while at a beach house, a concert photo, a photo while hiking, and a picture while paddle boarding. These are the main things I’m going to miss about summer. I decided that instead of doing a classic collage I would spice it up by adding a background of flowers and stickers. I made this using an app called PicCollage.
— Kelsey Stanbro (@KelseyStanbro) October 10, 2015
Today’s daily create was to look for cool designs. I decided to search them online because I’m not out and decided this was a creative design with a powerful message. I knew I wanted to do an environmental message because I think most of the advertisements with environmental messages are very powerful and I thought this was a good way to spread the idea. I found the ad on a website that had a bunch of other environmental ads on it.
— Kelsey Stanbro (@KelseyStanbro) October 12, 2015
Today’s daily create was to create a drawing of your mood. I decided to use Paint and do an abstract “painting” of how I’m feeling. I’m in a very fall mood and it’s fall break, however, I’m very sick and a little overwhelmed as I look at all the homework I have to complete before Wednesday! So I used mostly fall color and just painted how I felt on to the computed screen.
Today’s daily create was to write a poem using a word from a poem. I used the word forest from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem entitled Evangeline: A Tale Of Acadile. I used this poem to talk about deforestation and anthropological causes.
Reflection on radio show
I was very worried when we first started the radio show. My group wasn’t responding to questions and I’m a very punctual and on top of things person, so I began to freight. After we figured out that emailing was the best mode of communication things got better. We figured out a group name and decided to use 9 Lives as the name of our show. We decided to meet in the ITCC to discuss our topic/theme and what everyone would do. I reserved us a room and all but one of us met. We discussed who would do what and decided that we would do a Halloween themed radio show. I asked everyone what they wanted to do. Since I posed the question I waited till everyone said what they wanted to do and I took the last task which was the story section. Sean wasn’t at the meeting because of sports so he was also assigned the story section. I thought this worked out well though because Sean and I live next to each other and knew each other before this course. We’ve also have worked together before so I knew it would be a pretty good combination, I also knew we would get very distracted. I don’t think the story section is out of my comfort per say. I don’t think any of the section are out of my comfort zone. I do believe the story had more aspects to it that made it a challenge. However, I really looked forward to this section because of the challenge and the different layers it provided I took notes during the meeting and emailed everyone what we talked about.
Intro- AdamHistory- MilesStory- Sean and KelseyCostumes- AndrewEvents- AdamAndrew put together in that order (?)Have your commercial and bumper uploaded by Wednesday so we can choose which ones we like.
I suggested that everyone have there bumper and commercial in by a certain time. That way we wouldn’t be waiting on someone before we could decide what bumpers and commercials we wanted for our show. We decided to have them in by the Wednesday. Everyone turned them in on or before Wednesday and we started choosing a bumper and commercial. However most of the bumpers and commercials were WAY too long. I pointed this out and people said they would fix it but I’m not sure if that happened. So that took out a bunch of the options for commercials and bumpers. We never really completely chose a commercial. That was one of the hard parts of working with an online group. Decisions never got fully made. People said their thoughts, but in stone decisions were never made.
While working on our part Sean and I both learned a lot. I was really glad that we got this part and that we worked together. It allowed me to learn new skills and tools from Sean. Areas where I excelled he was weak and areas that he excelled in I was weak at it was actually a really good combination. This part took a lot more work than I thought it would. After we finally stopped laughing at each other and finished recording we went back and added music and sound effects and I was really happy with the overall product. I think this section added a lot of challenged and taught a lot. Sean showed me a bunch with having multiple sections and I showed him a lot of Audacity editing tools, because he doesn’t like working with Audacity.
I had asked the group if we wanted to have our section in by a certain time and everyone said no. I thought this wasn’t a good idea because what if someone doesn’t do something or get the section in in enough time for Andrew to piece it together. It worried me putting my faith in everyone else’s work because with this you can’t fix something if someone messes up. Eventually Andrew asked for everyone’s things to be turned in Saturday or Sunday morning. Sean and I finished our part Thursday and turned it in Friday. I was very happy with our part. Overall I don’t think the radio show is great. I think that it’;s hard to hear people. I learned a lot on this project and I think it really expanded my knowledge and view of audio and of group projects.
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Week 6- I was talking to my roommate, a digital communication major, and told her how audio was my least favorite week so far. And how I just wasn’t a fan.
Week 7- AUDIO?! AGAIN! UGH! I wasn’t a huge fan of audio, the capitalization was probably a little dramatic I didn’t hate it, it just posed a lot more work, I had to do the work where others weren’t, and I had to research how to do things a lot.
As the week went on I liked audio I don’t know if the assignments I did were easier or if I just got better. Obviously I got better but I felt like during the audio week the assignments were tougher. I think that week was also a lot of work (like a heavy load) and so it was more stressful which contributed to my feelings towards audio.
Week 8- Design is my least favorite week. I have grown a like and appreciation for audio. I have broadened my horizons and learned a lot over the course of the two weeks. I have learned so many new tools and ways to do things that have made audio more fun and easier to do. I appreciate the podcast we listened to a lot more and have an appreciation for the effects they add in.