Category Archives: W16-P4 Audio

The Bat and the Weasel -P4 Audio

The Bat and the Weasel (Aesop’s Fable) -P4 Audio

By: Cameron Belgrave

During this project, I learned a lot about editing audio and how hard it actually is compared to how easy it looks.  I found this story online while reading through some of the Aesop’s fables.  i liked it and it seemed like the story would fit the slow, calm, ambient, music I also found while going through some different sounds and instrumentals.  I also used to have a pet weasel so thats also why this story sparked my interest.  I had fun on this project and I’m glad that it was able to upload on sound cloud.

Call in your Superbowl orders early!

I work as a waitress at the locally-owned restaurant Chicken Bonz and we recently released a radio commercial about calling in your Superbowl orders. I decided (with the owner’s permission) to take a shot at making my own. It turned out decent. There are some things that I really would have liked to re-do, but for my first audio project I think it turned out okay. I changed the pitch of my voice so that 1.) I didn’t have to listen to my own voice on repeat for hours and 2.) it sounds almost like a child’s voice, which works for some reason. This was an interesting project for me and I look forward to learning more audio production throughout the program.

The Revolution

Zahara has no real friends, an estranged family,  she’s a complete and utter outsider, and if that wasn’t enough, she had been hearing voices since she was 6. One day while Zahara was fighting with her inner demon, rightfully named Hel, she bumps into a hacker named Tyler. Tyler pulls her into a group named “Faceless”.  It’s a whirlwind of new friends and excitement, but things start to get out of hand when she realizes that Tyler and “Faceless” are not as kind as they seem. Hit with the reality of what has come to pass; Zahara turns to the one “person” that she tried to forget. Can Zahara right the wrongs she had helped to create before it is too late?

zh
Zahara & Hel

 

When I first heard of this project, my script came to my mind immediately. My story reminded me a lot of the book trailers I watch, so that’s how I thought of it. I created the story in my head to help bring my characters to life with more meaning and emotion. I would ask questions of my characters such as “Why was she so upset?”, “Who was the voice in her head”, and “How did a girl get in to such a terrible situation in the first place?”. That’s where Zahara came from, and what better to terrorize her than a demon named Hel. After I made the sound clip I thought it needed some back story to it.  I thought the best way to tell my story was to write it like the synopsis on the back of a book, just to fit my weird theme/thoughts.

 

Made by Brittany


A Little Noise, A little Words.

Mudhoney-770

https://soundcloud.com/loren-smith-5/school-project-thingy-story-wordy-soundy

In telling the story, I conveyed the importance, experience and euphoria of this event. This band crafted my childhood and life in a number of ways. At the point in my life when my sister first introduced me to this band’s music, I was an angry, seven year old ward of the state with no definite home and an abusive foster parent. One of many. But that’s another story. Their music was discordant, over distorted and angry, which I felt I could identify with. Then, the lyrics. With songs full of self depreciation, disenchantment with life and the like, I was enthralled. Their music was a non-violent outlet for all the crap that I had stewing inside, which was a nice alternative comparatively to my constant black eyes and split knuckles.

mudhoney

When they came to town, I was in a very different place, physically, emotionally and location-wise. By this point of my life, I had a stable and safe home (which my girlfriend and I own), a happy little son and had come to grips with a number of my demons, so it was a strange look into my past. All that aside, these guys still rock.

Then there’s this guy.

mark arm

Mark Arm. Front man of Mudhoney, executive member of Sub-Pop Records, in person, just drinking his gin and tonic next to me, no one really noticing. I started chatting him up, holding back the tide of fanboy “squee-ing” as best I could: talking about his favorite shows,  preference on musical gear and recommendations for pursing music, to which he gave me the best advice I’ve ever heard.

“Don’t worry about ‘making it big’ or ‘getting big’ or any of that shit. Just focus on playing music. Do what you love. Play loud and suck. That’s what we did. If people like your stuff, that’s cool. Ask them if they have a house you can throw a concert at. If you get noticed by a record label and they offer you a deal, that’s cool. But don’t forget: you got into music for the music.”

I was taken aback for a second. But such sound advice is to be expected by someone who coined the word “grunge”, rocked the 80’s and 90’s and now has a job with the record label responsible for it all. As he finished his drink, he told me it was time for the show and that I should swing by the green room after the show. I didn’t take him seriously, but after the show, I figured there was no harm in trying. As I rounded the corner, he saw me, pushed the bouncer aside and handed me a beer. Just like that, I was in the green room. I wasn’t a pretty girl in 6 inch heels or any big business rep. Just some kid who grew up on their music and there I was.

Coincidentally, this band was responsible for me finding out what brand of guitar I had. (see “About Me” post)

Ship Tavern