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Week Four Over and Out

Week four has come to an end. It was a long week, but a fun week. Here is what happened throughout the week (more so near the end of the week since I tend to procrastinate).

First, I reflected on audio storytelling and learned how important it is to add quality sounds to go along with a film or radio broadcast.

I had a really fun time doing the daily creates. I got to use photoshop and I always enjoy an opportunity when I get to use that. I have really enjoyed all of the daily creates so far this semester.

Here is my first daily create. I created my own interpretation of ruin-porn photography. Pretty weird name for a type of photography but I really enjoyed the assignment.

For my second daily create, I edited this picture of a dog laying in the grass and had him/her pondering about pizza. I edited this picture in photoshop as well.

Next, I created a radio bumper for ds106 radio. At first I thought about redoing my radio bumper because I thought it seemed more fitting in a scary radio themed show instead of a noir one, but I decided to keep it. I thought about what I listened to in the live tweet-along on Thursday about Buzz and Neil’s mission to the moon and in my opinion, I thought my radio bumper would have been fitting for that type of story, so thats why I decided to keep it.

I completed three audio assignments this week for a total of 8.5 stars. The first audio assignment I did was the required one and that was to make a sound effects story using our created character worth 3.5 stars. I created the story of Johnny “Corner Pocket” McCormick walking into Corner Pockets Bar to go play a round of pool in the back room of the bar. This assignment was very time consuming trying to find the right sounds to portray a quick story, but I liked what I ended up with.

The next audio assignment I chose to do was the Greatest Hits Storytelling assignment for 3.5 stars. I used the band NEEDTOBREATHE to tell my story about redemption and hope in the world. They are one of my favorite bands.

The last audio assignment I did was the Favorite Song assignment for 1.5 stars. All I had to do for this assignment was to pick one of my favorite songs and take the lyrics out and only offer a 30 second mp3 of the song.

Next, I brainstormed ideas for a radio show. I offered up three different ideas but the one thing that remained constant was the involvement of my character Johnny Corner Pocket.

I downloaded Audacity at the beginning of the week and I’m going to be honest, at first I HATED Audacity. I have never done much with editing audio so when I opened Audacity for the first time, I had no clue what was going on. It took me awhile to figure it out and get the hang of it. I felt like I was constantly pulling up YouTube videos of different tutorials. Now that I’m more comfortable with Audacity, I must admit I actually love it. Once you know how to use it, there are so many different things you can do. I will definitely be keeping Audacity on my laptop once this semester is over.

Overall, I had a great week with audio. I was a little intimated at first because I didn’t know much about editing audio or much of anything dealing with audio. I’m excited to see what is in store for next week!



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