My goal for this audio story was to make the listener feel like they’re going skydiving. The narration is based on my own experience when I went skydiving for the first time with my best friend (I hope to go again someday). Since it was such an amazing time for me, I wanted to see if I could find a way to sort of recreate part of that adventure to share with others. I’ve done a little bit of audio editing before this class, but not a whole lot. I’m definitely not used to recording dialogue that I’ve written, I tried really hard to keep it at the three minute mark, but it’s actually four minutes. I tend to get really self critical and I had a really clear idea of what I wanted the finished result to sound like, so there was a LOT of self doubt during the final stages of the project. I did a little bit of Foley production (footsteps, and wind), but I didn’t end up doing as much as I would’ve liked to because I ran out of time, I might end up adding in some more of my own created sounds later to keep improving on this project on my personal time. Overall, I feel really happy with this project, and it reminds me of a really happy moment in my life.
The goal I am trying to accomplish with this sound recording is to create a professional level listening experience in the version, or outlet of a podcast. As of right now, this initial three-minute clip serves not only as a school project, but a solid foundation of knowledge to continue this further and start my podcast. This process has taught me what is necessary to create a podcast and has made me become more knowledgeable about the composition of sound, and the post-process involved. Regarding the podcast preview I have created; the purpose is to get the audience intrigued into the potential of listening in further by gathering the interest of the listeners. The clip used is a brief portion of a full hour and a half recording, and the topic is what success looks like in the eyes of “20 something” American’s. We touch on unrealistic expectations, how we feel about where we are now while expressing complete honesty, and vulnerability. Being limited to only three minutes made it somewhat challenging, but I opted for the option of creating a “preview” of the full version to compose a completed display to negate the feeling of an incomplete podcast. Overall, I would say I am happy about how it turned out, and I will continue to make more content in the future!
I was trying to go for something that acknowledged the use of text to speech voices. I wanted to have a dialogue between these two different voices discussing the nature of what it means to be real. I envisioned the setting as some sort of void where ideas turn into voices and speak. This was indicated by the whispering voices that sometimes arrived and left. It took a while to try and get all of the words in the right order. I recorded the text to speech voices saying their lines all at once. With that, I quickly learned the hotkey to split apart the different audio clips to get a cohesive conversation that somewhat flows. I originally did not plan on having a sound effect for whispering until the thought occurred to me until I had almost all of the audio clips properly formatted. I did plan to have music that would play in different parts of the conversation but I thought that would be too distracting. I took note of how podcasts have the dialogue between people as it is with maybe some music breaking it up from time to time which I substituted for whispering to reinforce the idea of thoughts with voices.
With this assignment my goal was to bring the ambiance of an Aesop’s fable to life. To accomplish this I paced the reading to be slower than I would normally read and with this I could easily add sounds to capture what I believe the ambiance would sound like if I were actually there. I had already done a sound design project in my Time Based Tools class so I am fairly familiar with Adobe Audition which made this project much easier in the long run.
My story is a young man who recently graduated from college for biology, human diseases, and research. He got a accepted into a made up company called ISR center (Independent Science Research) for his career to begin. He is really excited for this position and that he would be working on helping everyone around the world with all the disease in the world. So what he is doing video diaries on what is going on, he wasn’t able to get a haul lot of them because he and his team at a lot of work to do. He soon finds out that they reassigned him to a different division to finish a major project. Later on the head scientists reveal that they believe the human race could be facing a mass extinction. They needed everyone to understand and to be onboard when this, so they want to make a serum that will give humans a bust up in their DNA and genetics to evolve to the next stage so they can survive.
He was shocked about their beliefs, but he was still willing to do his best to help out. They had a large team finishing up the serum and after running all of the main tests to prepare it for human trials. After they got several volunteer’s, while checking through all of their files he discovered that they all have been taken against their will. He started to worry for his life because this wasn’t what he thought it was. He just continued to do what he does best. Later on the serum proved to be very affective, it actually did a lot more than they all predicted. Although a good things don’t last furlong. The serum caused major side effects. All of the patients transformed so much they look like monsters now.
this project was really fun for me, I was very thankful I got to do a scary themed audio.
This audio was an idea created based on a show that I am watching. It features a conversation between two young kids that met at a post during a war. The main voice is the young boy describing his reason for joining the war and the hardships he faced. At a very young age, he watches his mother die and his anger slowly turns him to the military. I was trying to create a fun and interesting short story while expressing some emotion that the main character felt during explaining the story to his comrade. I tried to imply that the second voice (forgive my bad pitch shifting, I tried haha) was new to the war and hadn’t seen the horrors of fighting like the main character. The main character has been scarred at such a young age and has become insensitive to killing because of his blinding rage. I hope this story is easy to follow and the sound effects are identifiable/have sufficient volume or quality. I was planning on using Premiere Pro but decided to give Audition a try because I’ve never used it before. I actually really enjoyed using the program and thankfully had no problems working it. I had a lot of fun looking for sound effects and using them to create a more interesting story. Some of the sword fights have clinking sounds of sword colliding and each hit is a different sound file. It was cool to create mini scenes using multiple small audio files to replicate fighting.
Also, I accidentally went past 3 minutes. It was almost past 4, so I had to cut some parts out. I couldn’t take much more out without taking away from the story.
I am so happy that I created my favorite childhood story and I got to show everyone this work. As a child I really enjoyed reading books, this may been because my mother and father would try to read to me each night before bed. One of my favorite bedtime stories would be this story. Although the rabbit was talented and had all the fittings to be a champion, despite that his arrogance made him lose the race when he decided to sleep during the race.
Also in this story, Aesop shows us how pride can be very unpleasant and sometimes even harm ourselves. For example when Aesop says: “Rabbit ran down the road for a while and then and paused to rest. He looked back at Slow and Steady and cried out, ‘How do you expect to win this race when you are walking along at your slow, slow pace?’. rabbit stretched himself out alongside the road and fell asleep, thinking, ‘There is plenty of time to relax.’ This shows me how the hare was mocking slow and steady because of how slow he was going. The rabbit thought that he would have enough time to rest and relax, while the tortoise caught up. This story always remind me of everything I do in my life such as, I should not finish my homework in the last minute, go to school early and I will not be late for the class, etc. The theme this story, it is a feeling that we all get every once and a while. There is something about pride that can make us feel like we are just on top of the world. Although this feeling can be nice it can also be extremely horrible. That’s why every moment in life we should be cautious.
My motivation for this audio project accelerated when I caught the idea of storytelling, and luckily for me, I found my sound effect online without any copyright. I created this with audacity and I use my friend voice (otherwise the story could be really slow). I made the theme like the forest sound background because I want my audience to feel like they’re in the moment. Also another thing that I’m proud of is that I learned audacity for the first time but I think it turned out pretty good!
It’s important to have clear goals in mind…but you can always change a goal. There’s no need to suffer if something isn’t working out.” -Ben Burtt
Originally studied to earn a bachelor degree in physics and wanted to be a part of the moon-landings, instead he became a part of Star Wars.
He gave up on his first attempt to go to film school at USC due to uncertainty.
Eventually back to film school at USC in order to become a sound engineer, which is where he got the opportunity to create the iconic breathing sound effects of Darth Vader and the lightsabers used in Star Wars.
Went on to work on the productions of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, the Indiana Jones series, E.T the Extra-Terrestrial, WALL-E, and Star Trek.