For this project, I gave a taste of the sport of water polo and its many noises using actual sound effects from footage of me playing. I chose to record and talk about water polo because it’s a sport I love and many people know very little about it, let alone how the game works. Since water polo is a contact sport played in a pool, sometimes players are halfway under water. Despite this, players have to be good communicators and listeners to work well as a team. I play goalie, the position who is in charge of communicating with the defense. In the recording, you can hear me calling out where the ball is, calling the defense, and encouraging my teammates. I used audacity to record and edit this project. All the sound effects were from a film that my father had of me playing in high school and college. I also used some royalty free music from Bensound.com, which has loads of quality royalty free music. This was the first project I have ever done where only audio is recorded. I think Audacity is a good site and both Teresa’s in class tutorials and the many Youtube tutorials were very helpful.
For my audio assignment, I wanted to make a little commercial about Lane’s Gender Equity Center. I’ve been working at the GEC for a little bit before Covid closed the school. The center is a super fun and open place for anyone to hang out in and my goal for this project was to shine some light on the GEC and the things we do there for those who didn’t know!
I’ve been editing videos and audio for a couple years before this so I had a good understanding of how to accomplish my goal for the project. I used Premiere Pro to edit the audio clips together since I find that software pretty easy and fast to edit with and I actually ended up using Snapchat to record my audio. I know it sounds strange but I can assure you that this way sounded better than the audio from my phone’s camera, since it doesn’t have an audio memo app. I ended up having to record my audio several times to make sure I got a good and “lively” read. I wanted to make sure that it didn’t just sound like I was reading off my computer, but I did end up with that a couple times. I think one of my main struggles was my voice and making sure it was relatively fast and loud, but also making sure that you can understand the words clearly. After a couple takes I was able to find a good audio and uploaded that to Premiere.
For this project I wanted to have more than one voice, and to make it seem more commercial like I asked one of my fellow colleagues if she could write and record a little bit about her experience at the GEC and what she enjoys. I also asked one of my friends who spends a lot of time at the GEC to give me her review of the place. This helped my audio a lot with the flow and organization of the piece since I wanted it to seem like something you would see on TV. Having some reviews of the place helped me with that.
Finding a good background song for my video was also a bit challenging since I was unsure of who exactly I was targeting for this. I chose two different songs with two different feels to them but I ended up settling with a more upbeat song. After this I cut some of the breaks in my audio and gave it a more finished feeling. And there you have it ! Ta Da !
Although I had some difficulty to record my voice as Audacity does not record somehow, I was able to record from my home and imported the sound. I enjoy the process of looking for the effects of sound and identifying the right feeling sounds matching the content. It is a journey to explore Tibetan culture for me as well.
The content I reading in the Audio is from a child book Pola’s Flower, one of my son’s books. I am so glad to do the project to convert some of my reading into audio. I would be so proud to share it with my son later when he starts school next year.
Pola’s Flower is a true story based on a Tibetan girl and her family. Since the Chinese occupation of Tibet, ten of thousands of Tibetan Children have fled their homeland. Many of them without their parents. These youth risk imprisonment, injury, and death in a perilous journey across the Himalayas in search of cultural, religious and educational freedom. My husband was one of them who tried to cross the Himalayas on his foot ended with being torched and jailed for months. My son is born in the United States, free land of religion, apart from our motherland, but we will let him remember what Tibetan culture means and what Tibetan history is through learning its language and reading him books.
Tibet is one of the most beautiful places where I have been and Tibetans are some of the most kind people who I known in the world. they practice compassion into their daily life, even without a bad thoughts towards to their enemies who were taking their country. They have living proof that the goodness in their hearts is the most important thing, which we will pass on to our son.
I really like this book as it is a way to tell the culture and life in Tibet ,as well as its history. This book is written by Diana Lynn Nadeau, who has had ten years of intensive training in Tibetan Buddhism. She is also a a Certified Mediator. The illustrator of this book, Lobsang Gyatso, who is a very good friend of mine and my husband’s hometown mate. He is a local artist and he has stand at the Saturday market in Eugene.
Background music is from Tibetan Buddhism script of Maha Karuna Dharani.