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Turning Tumbleweeds Radio Bumper

This assignment’s radio bumper corresponds with my group’s show, Turning Tumbleweeds. The intention in this clip was to sound more like Danny Keys, the character I will be using within the show, so hopefully my voice came across as deep and different enough to be apart from my own.

I found the background music and wind on Freesound and organized the bumper together in Audacity. Up to this point, I feel like I have made significant progress in making effective audio for assignments. Hopefully I can reflect that while creating my part of the radio show!

Piano Lessons

This radio commercial came out of an assignment that requested the creation of a commercial advertising a product we would like others to know about. In order to work this into my group’s radio show, I made a commercial for my character, Danny Keys, whose only real goods and services is his piano-playing. So, I figured who doesn’t like a good piano lesson?

I may have cheated with the audio a bit on this project. Instead of compiling audio from Freesound, I went ahead and used an audio clip from Purple Planet, which has royalty free music available for free download and usage with the appropriate credit. The background music in this commercial is their “Piano Bar” composition, which was too perfect to pass up for this assignment. I would love to be able to make this kind of musical mix at some point, but for now I thought it would just be more productive to use the resources available to me. The composition was layered with the spoken piece in Audacity.

Heavy Fog

This audio narrative was inspired by an assignment that requested that you create a spooky dialogue with distortions and creative moves to make it sound scary.

As I was editing this together, I didn’t like the audio distortions very much for the story, so I layered together a thick ambiance instead of messing with the actual narration. I like how it turned out; I think it gets intense enough at the end to make up for the lack of audio distortions of the voice. I acquired all of my audio clips from Freesound and worked it together in Audacity.

This story actually has a peculiar story behind it that I think is worth sharing. I had written the script for this story before the big storm hit Fredericksburg. That night, after the storm passed and as I was walking back to my building, the air was just as thick and windy as this story’s night was supposed to be. I kept away from the streetlamps and walked a little faster than usual. Luckily, nothing of this nature happened, but it was surreal, experiencing something I had just written about only hours ago.

Name that Tune

This assignment looked like a fun one to do, despite it only contributing a few stars. The prompt was that we whistle a tune without revealing what the tune is so others can guess! I admit, I’m a sucker for these kinds of prompts. I love referring to things and hoping others can catch on. I also love whistling, so this assignment really called to me.

I used a USB microphone to get decent quality in my whistling, since catching the tune without all the air takes a bit of effort. I’m happy with the result, short as it is. The assignment is true to its star rating, but no less fun for it!

The Daily Grind

This monologue came out of an assignment that had you read something overdramatically. In order to do this, I looked through an archive of monologues and found this one from “The Chocolate Affair” by Stephanie Alison Walker. It sounded like something I could really get into, so I went ahead and gave it a try.

I recorded myself with Audacity about a hundred times before I thought I sounded over-the-top enough. (I’m no actor, so it took a lot of practice to just sound dramatic in general.) Afterward, to kick it up a notch, I thought I would support each narrated action with sound effects. You know, because that’s pretty overdramatic. So I downloaded a bunch of audio clips from Freesound and compiled them all in Audacity.

I think of all my audio projects this week, this one turned out best. I let loose a little to really get into character, so it was fun to just flail about. Adding sounds for extra flair made this sound into something different from the others, too, although organizing all that audio was a bit of a hassle. Still, I’m proud of how it turned out.

Quote the Raven

This is a westernized reading of “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe in accordance with this assignment, which asks us to read something with this accent. Hopefully I don’t sound too southern in the mix. Sometimes I get carried away.

Putting this together was an adventure. I had to reread this a lot of times and cut it down significantly while editing so it wouldn’t run for more than a couple minutes. I only took three stanzas of the whole poem to read aloud. After I finally got a good reading into Audacity, I downloaded some sounds from Freesound and mixed it in to give more of an ambiance behind the reading.

Overall I think it worked out nicely. I love this poem, and I wouldn’t have associated it with western themes of any kind, so changing it up like this was a cool way to alter a classic.

Dorothy and Madeline

This little conversation was inspired by an assignment that had you record a conversation with yourself. I chose to do a sort of grandmother-in-law and granddaughter-in-law phonecall based around a scene reminiscent of the Old West and old world views. In this phonecall the two women argue about Madeline’s role as a woman and their summer plans.

This project was a cool way to get into characters and battle it out in a conversation I’m sure too many women were having at the time. I wrote the script myself and recorded the dialogue in Audacity. Afterward, I added in the phone sounds and some page-turning noises (although they didn’t get through very well in the finished project). The hardest part was certainly pretending to be two different people and maintaining accents and pitch. I did each person all in one go and then spliced it together into dialogue (so I could have the two characters talking over each other), but I had to do quite a few takes of the lines anyway. It certainly doesn’t sound professional, but I’m proud of it otherwise.

Radio Bumper

Here is my radio bumper for DS106 Radio, according to the assignment that asks us to put together something that reminds listeners of what they’re listening to.

I am extremely happy with how this little blip turned out. I think the guitar mixed well with the wind background, and my voice sounds pretty clear (thanks to my re-recording it a hundred times). I took the guitar and wind from Freesound and mixed it together with Audacity. Going with a kind of “electric cowboy” mood, I thought the guitar over a quiet breeze fit well into our western theme. The guitar riffs I found flowed well together, I think. I had originally tried to record the speaking part with my phone using the Soundcloud app, but I wasn’t happy with the results. I switched to recording myself with my computer microphone directly into Audacity instead, which worked out much better. The quality and volume were dramatically better. The bumper is a bit longer than I’d wanted it to be, but I couldn’t manage to cut the guitar down without leaving obvious jumps in it.

Piano Story

In accordance with this assignment, here is a day in the life of Danny Keys through audio. His job is to play piano in a saloon, so the majority of the sound here is music. Here we go through his work day, warming up on the piano, playing through the day, and slowing down as people filter out until the music is done.

I admit, I feel like I could have done a lot better with this assignment than the final piece here, but I am still new to audio editing and this alone took me a few hours to do. I have learned a lot, though, so my goal is to be relatively proficient by the end of this week.

I used the program Audacity to compile audio clips from Freesound. The clips entail piano phrases and saloon/bar ambiance sounds, with a little guitar thrown in the mix to round out the music.