Week 5 Summary

A little late to the summary party this week but here it is!

This week’s GMU DS106 class dove into the use of audio in storytelling and allowed us to get our hands dirty with some practical experience editing our own audio.  This week’s multimedia and assignments really reminded me how important audio is in telling a story.  This made me think back (again!) to the film classes I took in college (which I’ve mentioned before) and the time we spent discussing how audio can make or break a story.

My first assignment was to do a quick audio test to get familiar with SoundCloud.  SoundCloud was really easy to use and I kept my post pretty short and sweet.  If you check out my post you’ll see how proud of myself I was for starting on my assignments early in the week….that momentum was short lived!

Next up, a challenge to tell a story with audio only – and only five different tracks at that.  I used the free download for Audacity and it didn’t take me too long to get up to speed.  I used Freesound.org to pull a few sounds that helped me tell the story of a day on the farm.

For my audio assignment, I chose to read a Craigslist missed connection.  Half the fun of that assignment was looking for the perfect missed connection.  The real challenge of the assignment was deciding what the story was behind the guy (or girl?) who wrote the post and what were they feeling?  I made some decisions about it and layered in audio accordingly.

Also this week I tried on the hat of a Foley artist.  It’s way harder than it looks.  Once again, I’m operating with a new found appreciation for the fine, fine, skill of audio editing.

Lastly, I’ve got another idea for something that would benefit from a storified approach. I’ve got to get my team on board – maybe I should link them all to our class materials?  Now there’s a thought.  I’ll be sure to report back on what they say.

This week was a lot of work but well worth it to have experience with these tools.  I definitely learned a lot and I know that these skills will not only come in handy in the coming weeks but they will also serve me well on future project engagements.  The last three courses I worked on required us to record our own audio.  I stayed away from that work as much as possible but next time I won’t be so afraid!

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One thought on “Week 5 Summary

  1. An audio-terrific week for you, not only everything accomplished but some really creative work here (especially “A day on the Farm”). I hope you can see how much more you can do with layered sound editing, as compared to just recording into a mic. You can fill much more space, and not have it so stilted when there is silence between your spoken word. When during a normal day is there no background noise? As I type, I hear the sounds of my fingers on the keyboard, some jazz on the radio behind me, the chair creeks, and I have a strong background hum from the fridge.

    With some experience in Audacity, you can get more creative with control relative levels and making use of the filters/effects.

    I can “see” in your writing you have a new appreciation for audio.

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