I don’t even know where to start with audio week. I have never been so frustrated about an assignment in my life. It has been torture. BUT listening to all of the work I have done has been rewarding. Throughout college all I have done is write papers, read literature, and make lesson plans. I have gotten good at those things. I have become comfortable with those skills, so I am NOT used to not knowing what to do with an assignment. I am also not used to having an assignment feel like any thing other than an assignment.
I have spent late nights and weekends doing nothing but audio editing. By the end of this week I almost wanted to scream “HOW DID I ONLY CREATE LIKE 3 OR 4 MINUTES OF AUDIO?!” It felt like I should have hours and hours of audio to share. It was frustrating. But it was also fun at times. Although, I am not sure I even want to utter the word audacity for at least a couple of days. Even though it was rough at times, I still learned more than I ever would have sitting in a classroom.
Audio week was more about learning a new skill than completing a required to-do list. While at times I felt like I would rather just give up than sit there for hours trying to manipulate a 30 second clip, it also felt like I was in the real world. The fact that the radio bumper I created could potentially be used on DS106 Radio just made me want to put that much more effort into it. Each assignment was a reflection of my thought process, and the great part was it was all shown through sounds. Even if I never explained what I was going with the sounds, they were all a piece of me and they all had a purpose.
I learned a lot about the presence of sound. (Here is my reflection on the Audio videos and reading).
In the Emotions through Sound, assignment I portrayed my mental reaction to stress and anxiety. It was just sounds for sounds sake; those sounds were ones that particularly pertained to me. It was almost like letting someone inside my head when I am stressed (and let me tell you, that is not a fun place to be). I will say it was extremely hard to do that assignment because it required me to listen and re-listen to that track until it was perfect and it was like listening to nails on a chalk board.
And once again, getting to work with our character dossiers has been exciting. In the Story with Sound Effects assignment I actually felt like I was in the scene. I had to walk around my apartment and get a feel for what I was trying to portray. I really had to focus on the sounds and then figure out what those sounds meant to Stella. How were they going to portray her as a person without her being there, in fact, she wasn’t even in the scene at all. However, it all circled around her.
I Want it That Way. The title of this Backstreet Boys song could not have summed up my experience with Removing Lyrics any better. I wanted it a certain way, and while I was nearly there, it still isn’t perfect. But O earned those 1 1/2 stars and it is a miracle that my laptop is still in functioning order. There was one night when I was just clicking away and editing and my laptop threw a little hissy fit. I had to set it aside for an hour or two because it clearly just needed a break. Poor gal. But little did she know, I wasn’t nearly finished.
Which brings me to one of my favorite assignments these week: the Radio Bumper. I had so much fun trying to incorporate noir and the femme fatale aspect into only sounds. It was really my own interpretation of DS106, which I hadn’t really thought about until writing this weekly summary. It shows listeners what DS106 sounds like in my head. Creepy or cool?
After creating a bumper, I had some trouble coming up with a Radio Show idea because I wanted it to be different. I had thrown all of my creative juices into the bumper that I thought there was no way I could create another intricate compilation. My ideas were all over the place. At one point I got so complicated that I couldn’t even follow what I was trying to get at. I kept assuming that everyone’s character was as dark and twisted as mine. I look forward to working with other people and seeing what their ideas encompass.
DS106 RADIO TWEET ALONG
I had a lot of fun listening to this and I think only getting to hear what is going makes a person focus more on what sounds mean. There is also some room for ambiguity. Was that actually a gun shot? Or was it a car backfire? You may not get that answer right away. I also loved following along with the twitter conversation. Some of my classmates, as well as professors, were on point with their commentary.
THE DAILY CREATES
Andre Govia describes himself as “addicted to decay.” Try it today!
Make a picture with words on them. Your theme: I’m sorry.