Category Archives: SP18-P4 Audio

Always Check Your Closet

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Hello and thank you for checking out my audio project. I know it’s late and I won’t get credit for doing it, but dang it if I didn’t enjoy making this and feel a slight bit of pride towards it.

My goal with this audio project was to make my listener feel uneasy, scared, a tickle on the back of their neck maybe! I had my wife help me structure the story, and it was made to be short and concise as possible for maximum benefit. People usually don’t get scared at something if it’s too drawn out, so I kept that in mind while making this.

I had fun with the sound effects, though it was too short for me to be able to do anything too interesting in regards to sound effects, but I did manage to snag about 4 or 5 new sound effects for my personal use in my other endeavors like making videos or other media. You can never have too big of a sound effects/audio folder, I always say.

Again, thank you so much for enjoying my little story, and I hope it proves a little bit of my ability!

My first AudioBlog

SP18-P4 Audiofor an oak tree

The presentation that you heard was by two computer voices on my Macintosh. One voice is a British accent in the other voice is an Australian. I have been using computer voices to read speeches for me at a board meeting at the college. With my voice, I talk kind of slowly and the time limit for speaking is three minutes in the meetings. With that time limit it is hard to get my ideas across.

 

One day I was playing around with an older Macintosh and I noticed the accessibility icon in the system preferences folder and I started making it read articles for me than I thought I could write speeches and have the computer read my speeches for me in the timeframe that was allowed. When I thought more about doing this. I thought I was pulling a Stephen Hawking by having the computer speak for me.

 

The presentation is called “An Oak Tree” by Michael Craig-Martin, comes from an old book about optical illusions and other nice stories about illusions. I have known about this story for years and I always wanted to somehow perform the story in some media outlet. When this audio project came up, I started to panic because my voice isn’t going to allow me to be a radio personality anytime soon. I thought this would be a good time to pull out this story. Working with two different voices was very new for me and making them sound like they are having a conversation was a worthy challenge to edit and follow the story.  I thought the story was only going to take three easy minutes but since it is a clever conversation, it had to take longer to develop. I hope you enjoy it and please leave a comment.

 

Justin Blakely

The presentation that you heard was by two computer voices on my Macintosh. One voice is a British accent in the other voice is an Australian. I have been using computer voices to read speeches for me at a board meeting at the college. With my voice, I talk kind of slowly and the time limit for speaking is three minutes in the meetings. With that time limit it is hard to get my ideas across.

 

One day I was playing around with an older Macintosh and I noticed the accessibility icon in the system preferences folder and I started making it read articles for me than I thought I could write speeches and have the computer read my speeches for me in the timeframe that was allowed. When I thought more about doing this. I thought I was pulling a Stephen Hawking by having the computer speak for me.

 

The presentation is called “An Oak Tree” by Michael Craig-Martin, comes from an old book about optical illusions and other nice stories about illusions. I have known about this story for years and I always wanted to somehow perform the story in some media outlet. When this audio project came up, I started to panic because my voice isn’t going to allow me to be a radio personality anytime soon. I thought this would be a good time to pull out this story. Working with two different voices was very new for me and making them sound like they are having a conversation was a worthy challenge to edit and follow the story.  I thought the story was only going to take three easy minutes but since it is a clever conversation, it had to take longer to develop. I hope you enjoy it and please leave a comment.

 

Justin Blakely

Nier: A Recommendation

So for this project I had trouble initially coming up with a story to really talk about. I knew I didn’t want to just do something like an Aesop Fable as that would feel too simple and easy honestly and I just wouldn’t be that passionate about it. But when Mel told us that we could tell a story about a game or movie or some kind of experience that we had with said game or movie, I knew immediately what I wanted to talk about especially with my love of analyzing the media I engage with and discussing that love with other people.

So I picked to tell a “story” of sorts about a wonderful game for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 called Nier. (To be honest this is more me telling you of my experiences with the game and breaking down what I feel about its themes and what not in about 5 minutes.)

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Nier to me is a sort of unappreciated masterpiece. It’s the type of experience that comes around every once in a while in every medium. Something that comes off as special and that the creator involved (in this case Yoko Taro, who by the way could be a whole case study in his own right in my honest opinion and highly recommend watching any interviews he has done within the past 3 years). Almost as if the creator really had true heart and a true vision about their work even if they didn’t have the full on budget to get every part of it they wanted to across.

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Yoko Taro during interviews regarding last year’s hit, Nier Automata. He’s quite the character.

In a way it’s fairly inspiring as someone who wants to create meaningful art and that even if something isn’t the most polished product, or makes a ton of money, it could still resonate with people and become beloved in that way and I hope to be able to hit at least that with some kind of audience someday (though money and success along with those is always very nice too).

Sounds Used: sword-01.wav: https://freesound.org/people/audione/sounds/52458/

crying.mp3: https://freesound.org/people/Bash360/sounds/219433/

coughing.mp3: https://freesound.org/people/sjnewton/sounds/256567/

Book, Flipping Through Pages, A.wav: https://freesound.org/people/InspectorJ/sounds/416179/

Music (Shadowlord’s Castle Memory, Shadowlord, The Lost Forest, and Ashes of Dreams New) and dialogue used are from Nier which is owned by Square Enix.

 

A little bit of sound with a couple of littles

When I started thinking about sound I immediately thought of my kids.  As a parent the most beautiful thing you experience is your child’s first laugh and giggle.  It trumps anything that you previously thought of as a beautiful noise.  So I decided to involve my 7 year old twins into my project.  If I’m being honest, I also was a little skeptical about hearing my own voice and thought that I would probably love to hear there’s instead.  And I absolutely did!

I thought of how sound is so significant and as adult’s our sound pallet differs so drastically to that of what we hear when we are kids.  That is specifically why I wanted to know what they thought where good and bad sounds.  It’s interesting to me that they think of thunder and lightning as bad sounds when to me, as an adult, those are some of my favorites.  The rolling of the thunder the clap of the lightning excite my curiosity and keep me in awe of nature.  However, I do remember hearing thunder and lightening as a child and I do remember it being unnerving.

I did the interview of our voices first.  It took many, many tries and I had to keep refocusing the kids to keep on track and to stop moving and touching and bouncing and twirling….and so on and so on.  Littles don’t like to stay still for very long and their attention span is indeed short.  And microphones pick up all these extra “little behaviors” whether you want them to or not.  So that was indeed a struggle.  Children are pretty difficult to work with when you are wanting a specific outcome, but we did eventually get a couple takes that I thought was pretty good that I was able to piece together.  And through this experience we will most likely buy a snowball to have at home.  It was great fun to use the one that I checked out from the Multi Media equipment check out at Lane.  The audio is amazing in comparison to my lap top mic and it reminded us of the Death Star.

Next, I wanted to incorporate the various sounds we discussed as the background sounds of our voices.  I found the sound affects that I wanted on freesound.org and put them in softly under our conversation.  This too was a problem.  When I had earphones on the background sounds where audible and our voices clear on top of them.  Unfortunately, when I listened to the clip through the speaker on my lap top the background sounds where not distinguishable and the levels where to light to make out the sounds.  When I adjusted the sound levels the opposite happened.  The under sounds where more audible then our speaking voices.  So I did the best I could to correct the sounds to an equal harmony.

All in all I enjoyed the process of using a tool and program that I have had no experience with prior.

Sound Clip # 244225

Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0)

https://freesound.org/s/244225/

User 2hear

 

Sound Clip # 101948

Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0)

https://freesound.org/s/101948/

User juskiddink

Good MORNING!

 

The Hobbit was originally written as a children’s book by JRR Tolkien, and for me that is what it started as. My Dad first read The Hobbit to me when I was about 6 or 7, and from then on I have been in love with the story. I have read the book at least twenty times, and can recall much of it from memory. When Mel introduced this project I knew that I would read section from this book almost immediately. I took a small excerpt from Gandalf and Bilbos first interaction, combined it with a couple of sound effects, and a light ambients track. I hope you enjoy 🙂

 

Making this project was a lot of fun. I took AUD 120 last term, so I have access to many of the great microphones we have here at Lane. I used that mic to record myself reading the same few minutes a couple times over. Then I brought my recorded files into ProTools where I pasted together the best bits from each take. I added a couple pauses where I needed them, and shortened others. Next I took my bounced file from Pro-Tools and took it into audition where I added my sound effects and ambient sounds that I found through freesound. Finally applied some changes to the my ambient track. I took out many of the lower end frequencies in my ambient track to remove some unwanted car noises. While working on this project I feel like I helped re-solidify my knowledge of Audition and ProTools, as well as learn a few new tricks I hadn’t used before. Thank you for taking the time to listen to my project, I hope it was a pleasant listen.


 

Attributions:

SFX:

AMB:

  • Edam51 – freesound – country atmos

Audio Layers

My experience of the audio recording world has always been either on the instrument playing side, or the use of a simple device such as a tape recorder or a 4-track. This is my first attempt at digital recording, track layering, and editing. My goal was to produce a clear Dialogue track while importing music, ambiance, and sound effects to add to the overall tone or mood of the narrative. This particular project gave me time to learn and utilize a fairly basic recording program in Audacity, and experiment with different approaches to recording and editing sound.

I began with a fairly calm introduction as the narrative starts out with only my voice and a music track to introduce the scenario. As the story progresses, I added some basic background ambiance to the mix to set the mood of the surroundings. Finally, after the action of the narrative began to pick up, I added sound effects to portray the events that were happening at the moment. This hopefully made a transition from a calm introduction to a more upbeat middle and ending sequence. Learning the basics of these digital audio recording features should give me the ability to transition into more advanced versions without being completely overwhelmed.

I used the Audio track “The Hangover” for this post located at: freemusicarchive.org/music/David_Szesztay/

Caged Bird

 

I chose this poem because of its beauty and profundity.  Maya Angelou was a very prolific and influential writer who helped provoke many changes in our country with her works of art. I felt this poem was appropriate for it encompasses some of the problems we are facing as a society today.  To truly understand this poem one should read, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,”  written by Maya Angelou in 1969.  It is a heartbreaking and inspiring autobiographical novel about her young life and the harsh environment and traumatic events she grew through.

I wanted to try to capture some of the pain and longing through my vocals as I imagine Maya may have felt as she wrote it.  Of course, I could never fully accomplish this, but I like how it turned out.  I was reading through the poem just practicing and I realized I could probably record it all at once rather than doing different takes of each section of the poem.  It took a couple of tries but in the end it saved me from doing a ton of edits.  It was also really fun finding free sound bits to use for the body of the audio.   I wanted to do something super extravagant but I figured I better keep it simple for beginner’s sake.

Typically I like to keep things more on the silly, funny side of the street so I wanted to do something a little more emotional and thought provoking.  Maya Angelou’s interpretation of this poem would be much different than my own but the beauty of art is how it affects us all in our own ways.  If we can relate to someone else’s words, or music, or paintings, etc., and it evoke some stir of emotion in us, then it is truly a work of art.

I really enjoyed creating this audio project and am excited to experiment with it more on my own.

Story Audio

If I am to be completely honest this project was not overly enjoyable to me. I had a very hard time to get the voice recorded smoothly and and sounding good. I recorded the voice several times all of them having their own issues this final one was the most well done of them. It has the clearest voice Audio out of all the attempts I made. The next step was adding in the background sounds which took me awhile to figure out the right timing for each different background sound.

The lions growl when the wolf meets him was overpowering the voice at first so I tried my best to scale back the volume to and I personally think it worked quite well. The sound of the wolf running to a safe distance was fairly easy I just needed to trim away some of the excess sounds I used to make it. On the actual voice track my dog had barked while I was recording and scared me so I restarted from there and cut out the bark. The end product sounds like a slight stutter that I couldn’t quite Iron out. Despite that I believe this was the best of my multiple recordings because I have a hard time reading aloud without freezing. In the end however I don’t think Audio production is for me because it frustrated me more than I enjoyed it.

 

Audio Project: Lion and the Mouse

For a project I had to create a story using audacity and I chose to do an Aesop’s fable: The Lion and the Mouse. I chose this one because it was the one I remember reading most as a kid, I’m not a huge fan of Aesop’s fables to begin with, but this one and “The Fox and the Crane” were the ones I remember reading.

Recording usually isn’t a very hard task for me since I’ve done lots of it before, but we had to use Audacity for this and Audacity isn’t exactly my favorite program. Maybe I’m spoiled because I’ve gotten to use things like Pro Tools and Adobe Premiere, but Audacity has always just felt clunky to me. Don’t get me wrong it’s a great program for being free, and for doing some simple edits, and it’s also probably true that if I used the program more I would become more comfortable with it.

The recording process went smooth enough though, even if I did have a couple hiccups with arranging my media, lots of times I would use hot keys and tools that worked differently in other programs by habit which did something completely different on Audacity, so I had to redo things a few times.

Overall though it was a pretty fun project, though I’ve been sick for about a week so I had to rush things through a bit. All in all I had a good time, and I have to say I really like the way soundcloud embeds on wordpress.

 

The sounds included are:

Lion lament by roman_cgr
https://freesound.org/people/roman_cgr/sounds/223978/

Mouse eating cracker by Jon285
https://freesound.org/people/Jon285/sounds/75166/

“Lithium” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Public Service Announcement

The purpose of this project was to demonstrate and develop knowledge and prowess through the creation of an audio composition.  One featuring spoken word and complimenting sound effects. I chose to put together a radio Public Service Announcement, with a quick nod to to one of my favorite novels On The Beach, a story draped in the shadow of impending nuclear doom. I wanted the listener to feel like they were to all of a sudden travel back in time to the days when radio ruled the info-acquisition game and hear themselves tune on their device and flicker through the channels, looking for that sweet spot. And upon landing on their favorite news station, they are greeted by the unfriendly, blaring forewarning of an imminent attack. I wanted to craft and emulate the radio air of a 1950’s emergency PSA system. Using Audacity as a main DAW and FL Studio for vocal recordings, I laced samples of radio tunings and scratches to imply the channel changing, and looped a scratchy radio frequency over my vocals and used intricate panning to give it balance and an ominous feel. The main siren is sampled from an East Asian Storm Warning procedure.

Song of the Day: “Pedro Y Petra” – Dueto Estrella – 16 Corridazos con el Saxofon De Fito Olivares