Introduction To Sound Summary

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Intro to Sound: An Exposé

As I was completing my Introduction to Sound assignment, I learned a lot more than I have during the other weeks in my opinion. However, I found this week to be harder than the previous two. I previously had no idea how to manipulate, shorten, cut, lengthen, or even overlay different types of audios. I was able to figure out these skills both with the help of Audacity tutorials and my own exploration, which was fun in of itself. I also learned key information about how to create an interesting and enticing audio story via the words of Ira Glass. I learned about the importance of an anecdote, a sequence of events, bait, avoiding sounding fake when telling a story, trial and error in finding the right story to tell, and being yourself when you tell it. I had not really thought about these elements as I listened to podcasts, albeit my experience with it is brief, in the past. The most useful thing that I learned from this assignment was how sound effects and music can impact the message and overall energy of a story, which was something I heard myself in the episode of Spooked that I wrote about above.

Something that was harder than I thought it was going to be was understanding how to layer sounds in a way that sounded natural as opposed to artificial and not interesting to the listener. I also found it difficult to establish a tempo, or plot line, within my stories, with a prime example being when I created a storm using various overlayed sounds such as dogs barking, wind howling, lightning striking, thunder, and light rain. Establishing a beginning, middle, and end of a story without words in a way that made sense and aligned with the actual sounds I was using was confusing at first. The only other thing that I found difficult was converting audio files from their original form to something that could be used in Audacity. I had to learn the long and perplexing way that I am unable to upload certain items, but that is something that I will keep as a skill for the rest of my editing career.

Something that was easy for me during this assignment was summarizing the videos from Ira Glass. I found this to be easy because he was making points that were straight forward and made complete sense to me. All I had to do was really think about how the concepts he was introducing fit into telling stories, audio-related or not. There was no vagueness nor unnecessary complexity that I have come across in some videos explaining storytelling. I was able to follow him and his messages were concise with accurate, sensical examples. As for what drove me crazy, the assignment where I spliced together Disney lyrics to portray a common theme, or ‘story,’ was slightly maddening. This is because I had to actually find the lyrics I wanted to use, isolate them, convert the audio to a WAV file for Audacity, decide the order that I wanted to use them in, and make sure they fit well together overall. I wanted them to flow from one clip to another nicely. The process was kind of tedious, which is why it drove me crazy. I would not recommend! Something that I enjoyed about this assignment was creating the visual aids to go with the audio bank assignments that I created. I enjoyed this because I was able to use skills that I had learned in week one alongside my creativity in terms of editing and creating images that I found to be either elaborate, humorous, or a combination of both. 

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