Get down wit it

For this daily create we had to create an animation with a robot that was dancing. For this animation, we could personally customize how our robot was dancing. During the creation process, I made sure that my robot was dancing a certain way as his dance moves were a representation of how I was feeling at that time. My robot limbs were flying all over the place and he was constantly moving. I think that this is representative of my mood because at the time I felt like I was all over the place in regards to my emotions. With all being considered, I felt very unfocused during the time I was creating this daily create.

This is interesting

For this post we had to create something that sounded like it was spooky. I decided to make my sound with three beats that I recorded off garageband. The first sound is a hard edm sound which I thought was a good way to start the song because I needed an introduction to get my audience hooked. The second sound sounded like a beat make would make as it sounded like a sound you would hear from a deep house song. The third sound is a sound that is reminiscent of that to one that you would hear from a monster in a movie. I enjoyed this assignment because it really made sit down and think how I was going to be creative and make something that was innovative.

 

 

TYBG

In this post, I created an image with lil b the based god. Lil B is one of my favorite artists. He has inspired a generation with his music as well as his positivity. While he gets mocked for a lot of the stuff he puts out, his best work is not usually talked about. His classic songs show why he is so special and innovative. He is truly on of my heroes.  It surprised me how much of difference there was from the original photo to the edited one. The edited one does not even look like original one at all.

 

Another one of these

Working 40 hours a week and taking is summer class is tough. However, we all have tough situations we have to go through in life and our lives are determined in how we respond to these situations. This week was very tiring. The assignments were killing me! I was very confused at points but I got through it. I did up enjoying what we had to this week because I really enjoy making sounds and having my voice heard. When I started this week, I was not happy about how long everything was taking me to understand. I have some experience in the past with some audio software, but that did not seem to matter, as everything felt like it was going from one ear to the other. Once I started to get the hang of things my results got better. I can say that I’m proud of my work this week.

How I feel after this week.

For my first audio assignment, I decided to go with the ds106 rap. I thought that this would be a good assignment for me as I like to rap.  I decided to chose an instrumental by Kid Ocean and downloaded through my computer via youtube-mp3 converter. I really enjoyed this assignment because I was really able to express myself. I would consider this the most fun assignment I did because I was smiling and laughing during the time I was recording it. I think I did a good job on the track because I made it sound really good. I used GarageBand to record the song. Check it out.    

 

The second assignment I did was the required assignment. For this story we had to make a story by using sound effects. I spent a lot of time on this assignment because it took a lot of time for me to fully understand what was going on.  The intro starts out with an intro that takes the audience to what is going on. A man is woken up by his chickens on his farm as a gang attempts to kill him. To make this story I used freesound.org to find some of the sounds needed to complete this assignment. I also used some clips off of Youtube.  I used GarageBand to do this assignment. Check this out.

The next assignment I did was the ordering at some fast food restaurant with an accent. I acted like I was a southern person ordering from McDonalds. I decided to do McDonald’s because it is the most common place to go at 3 in the morning and order fast food. For this assignment, I used GarageBand. I made it sound like it was going through an ordering machine as I wanted it to sound as realistic as possible. This one definitely one of the easier assignments for the week.  Check this out.

The next assignment I did was record the sounds of two instruments playing together. I thought that this assignment was pretty easy. For the assignment, I played my Bongo and recorded my playing onto GarageBand. After I did this, I added a guitar rift that sounded well with my Bongo. I really enjoyed this assignment because I love making music. Check this out.

The final audio assignment I did this week was being the DJ and playing a song. For this assignment I had to spend a lot of time on GarageBand. It was important to me that I got the job done on this one. It was fun to play around and create an instrumental . I had a great experience with this assignment and hope to do something like this again. You can view it here.

For my first daily create this week, we had to catch a phrase. To catch a phrase, you have to find a picture and put an appropriate caption on it. For my catch a phrase, I put a picture of the Fat Boys. The caption of the picture was all you can eat. I thought this was an appropriate phrase for the caption because because the Fat Boys are most famous for their song all you can eat. You can view this here.

The second daily create I did this week was make my desk into a recording studio. This process is not as bad as it seems as I didn’t have to change anything. I like it when I use my desk as a recording studio because it gives me space to place my items that I use to record my music. You can view this here. 

The third daily create I did was to annotate an ancient text. I think this one was hard for me because I could not read the written language. I had trouble making any sort of annotation, which made me really sit down and focus in. It was tough to get this assignment done but I did it. I used photoshop touch to create the annotations. You can view this here. 

The final daily create I did was another catch a phrase. I did this by creating words that had totally different meanings, but similar word structure. This assignment was difficult but I was able to get through. Find similar words was quite a challenge. I hope we never have to do anything like that again. You can view this here. 

The Moon Graffiti podcast was very interesting. It had an interesting concept, as it was an alternative ending to Apollo 11, as the crew members of the spaceship died. It resulted in Richard Nixon giving the US nation a speech about what happened. While these events were very interesting, the sound effects that were used during the podcast, are the deciding factor in what makes this piece so special. When the actors were talking into the dispatch unit, it sounded like the radio transactions that the members of that spaceship crew had. I really appreciated listening to that part. I also enjoyed the parts in which an actor portrayed the voice of  Richard Nixon. I loved hearing the speech because it sounded like some audio clip from that time period. It’s crazy to think that we can replicate sounds to make it seem like we’re from another period. You can read my full report here.

When I got to watch the Ira Glass videos, I thought he did a great of explaining what audio storytelling was. He explained that there were two types of building blocks to a story. The first anecdote, which describes what the story is and what is the sequence of story’s actions.  The purest form  of Anecdote is  one event that leads to the next. Even if it’s the most boring story, you can make it exciting by sequencing everything.  Ira Glass states that if you add a story with sequence,  the audience feels like “they are in a train that is going into a certain direction”.  Glass also points out that making bait, raising questions, are also other things that people have to do in order to keep their audience interested.

The other building block is a moment of reflection. It’s the reason why your story is special. It’s the reason why people listen to your story. While you can have a great anecdote, it means nothing if you don’t have a good moment of reflection.  Making a quality moment of reflection is time consuming, but the result is definitely worth it.

In the second  Ira Glass video, Ira talks about how hard is it to find a decent story. Finding the story can be as long or longer than the producing of the story. This process of finding a decent story is the most important as it sets the base for everything else to put its weight upon. For example, Ira Glass and his team spend about half a week looking for stories. They then pick stories that they think are interesting. After this process is completed, they chose about half of those stories and do something with them.

Other things you have to consider while doing stories are the factors of that you can’t control. These factors include the performance of the interviewee, the functioning of the equipment, etc. These factors play a big role in the overall performance.

Another point he elaborates on is how you have to accept the fact that sometimes your work will suck and you can do nothing about it. You have to accept the fact and move on. In Jad Abumrad’s video, Jad talks about how audio storytelling can be very fascinating as having the ability to describe something and put an image into someone’s head is very special. You can find my full report on the videos here. 

 

 

In the TED Radio Hour Demo, the speaker talks about how a woman who taught at MIT changed the audio game. The speaker tells us how the teacher and her graduate students went to a nursing home and saw an elderly person interact with a robot. The robot was very special. It had human like traits. The robot was sociable, and was able to have a positive interaction with humans. The robot had fur, was able to understand basic english words, and provided a source of happiness to elderly people. When the elderly woman had told the robot about the loss of her son, the robot was able to respond with a form of sympathy. This made the woman cry. It was a significant event for Humans and technology. It also made me realized that if I use certain audio techniques, then I can make an impact on how people interpret the words I’m saying. The ScottLo clips were great to hear. ScottLo did a great job talking about various ds106 audio assignments. He also talks about how to do various tricks on the Audacity software. My favorite episode from the series was Lo Down episode 9. In this episode, ScottLo talks about what a bumper is. He uses Dr. Oblivion, which was very interesting. The intro starts out with a spooky background, followed by an interesting sequence of events. The example goes above and beyond the baseline. You can read more about it here. 

I think I did a great job of being active on other people’s blog accounts. It was important to me this week to understand/appreciate the quality of work that my peers did. You can learn so much from a different point of view. I think it’s great that it’s encouraged in this class to share your opinion about other student’s work. You can view my full post here.   

Going above and beyond by responding to comments about my work from other students.

 

I think I did a great job of making quality music. I have pride in my music production and I believe that I showcased my talents this week. I still think I could do better in my time management, as I tend to struggle with prioritizing. I think that I should also seek more help from my teacher as well as my peers, as I believe I don’t ask enough questions about assignments, etc. I think that I could also do better if I went above and beyond, by watching more videos about the topics we are covering. I think that I could also do a better job of understanding the assignment, as I tend to overthink as I’m more worried about my performance more than the art I’m trying to create in the assignment. I elaborate furthermore about  my strengths/weaknesses in this post.

 

 

 

Always learning

That’s the theme of my week! I’m always learning. I keep on learning that if I don’t manage my time correctly that I will pay the price for that. I also have learned how to use different audio techniques to make my sound special. I think that if I had any complaints about anything, it would be how long the assignments take me. It seems like there is deeper learning curve for me on certain things and that is very frustrating. I hope I can perform better next week.

The story of sounds

This week we had to make a story by just using sound. For this assignment I used many different things. I downloaded a couple of sounds off freesound.org which included sounds such as rain, a chicken bawking, a futuristic transition. These sounds really helped me create my story. The other sounds I used for this assignment were the sounds of guns going off, a police siren, and the sound of a bomb exploding. I thought that these sounds would make a great story for a man who lives on a farm. He currently owes money to a gang. He does not know that when he gets up, the gang will be hundreds of yards away from his property. He gets woken up by his chickens and all of a sudden shots are fired towards his property. He has to react quickly and immediately gets his guns and starts firing off. The battle keeps going and going. Side house gets blown up by a rocket launcher. He thinks that there is no hope but the police come. They come in full force and save the day.

How I made this:

Step 1:

Record first two events

Step 2 :

Record transition sound

Step 4: Record police siren

Step 5: Record sound of explosion

Assignment: Sound effects story

Stars: 3.5

Feedback is important

This week I spent a lot of time providing feedback on how other students in my class performed. I thought it was a great experience as I was able to get a lot out of it.

A Rainy Day

When I commented on Tyler’s blog, I was really happy with what I say. He had his post very organized and the content he was talking about was in depth. I really enjoyed the music he created with this post as he was able to think outside of the box, yet not go overboard with his production. It was smooth, simple, and to the point. I think that by looking at Tyler’s post, I was able to figure out what I need to do to make a great assignment.  It was awesome that he responded to me and used my comment as a tool to reflect on his work.

The second blog I commented on was Sarah’s post about the song she created. I think she did a great job of giving off a certain emotion with her music. I think her music was great, I really enjoyed listening to it. I hope I can make music with her level of quality someday.

Outside

In the third blog, I commented this week, I submitted my opinion on Hear Meowt’s thoughts about the TED Radio Hour/ ScottLo assignments. I really think that Hear’s description of events in the TED Radio Hour/ ScottLo posts are very accurate. The only concern I had about their posts were what did they learn from these stories.

TED Radio Hour/ScottLo Summaries

The fourth blog I commented on was Listen to Stories’ summary about Moon Graffiti. The author did a great of talking about the certain effects they heard in the audio post. Many of the same sounds that I heard during the post. In addition, they also did a great job with the sequence of events that occurred in the story. The only thing I wanted to ask them about was what did he get from listening to this post? Did it influence their work in any sort of way?

Listening to Stories: Moon Graffiti

The last blog I commented on was Leni’s post about a poem Leni recited from George Ives. I think Leni did a great job of putting all of the componets needed to make this assignment great. Leni’s tone was on point. Leni did a great job of articulating. To top all  of this off, Leni made an instrumental that was very smooth and helped fully mesh everything together. I really think the instrumental really made Leni’s work a piece of art.

Old Poem Same Feeling

Man on the moon

In the Moon Graffiti post, it was awesome to see the different techniques that were being used. One of these techniques included making a dispatch like tool to sound like a radio the astronauts were using. When I heard this technique, I could visualize the astronauts talking to each other, panicking about what was about to happen. I felt like I was watching one of the Apollo movies, wondering what would happen next.

The next sequence of events in the story is an written speech that was made by Richard Nixon, talking about how the astronauts died on the moon. It was crazy to hear a speech for a scenario that could have easily happened. The way the actors sounded during the part of this speech, literally sounded like a speech from the president during that era.

As the story goes on, the actors who are playing as the astronauts are talking to each other about how to further progress on their mission. They unfortunately are not able to complete their mission as there was a malfunction in their technology. They sound like they are using a dispatch unit, and are talking to each other through it like it is a radio.

The last part of the post, goes back to the emergency speech President Nixon had in hand. He talks about how these men are special for what they did and how they have changed history forever. He also talks about how there will be many more missions like this in the future. The special technique on this part of the audio post, was something similar to the part of where the speech began earlier in the post.

Technology is something else man

The Lo Down Episodes were very interesting to hear. I really enjoyed listening to what the speaker had to say about using the Audacity software. He seemed to know a lot about the software and how the system worked. My favorite episode throughout the series was Lo Down Episode 9. In Lo Down Episode 9, I really like the intro. The intro music really made me get into it. The speaker has such a great, articulate voice. The intro was great as it showed what a bumper was. Even though I didn’t create a bumper, I think it would be something cool to do sometime in the future. In the post, the speaker gives many different audio bumper examples. One of the bumpers, Dr. Oblivion, was very interesting. The intro starts out as a spooky background, followed by an interesting sequence of events. The example goes above and beyond the baseline. The speaker finds it interesting that they are many different ways to record these assignments, as you can use special tools that will make something sound totally different than what it originally sounded like. This was a good one for me to listen to because I tried to use some of the ideas that were discussed in this post in my own work.

In the TED Radio Hour Demo, the speaker talks about how a woman who taught at MIT changed the audio game. The speaker tells us how the teacher and her graduate students went to a nursing home and saw an elderly person interact with a robot. The robot was sociable, and was able to have a positive interaction with humans. The robot had fur, was able to understand basic english words, and provided a source of happiness to elderly people. When the elderly woman had told the robot about the loss of her son, the robot was able to respond with a form of sympathy. It was an interesting point, as it brought up the conversation of technology and how it connects/disconnects humans.

I’m Learning a lot that’s from sure

In the first video, I watched Ira Glass talk about how Audio storytelling is different than other forms of storytelling. In the video, he says there are two basic building blocks that can be used at will. The first building block is Anecdote; which is what is the story about and what are the sequence of actions that occur in the story. Ira states that the purest form of storytelling is the description of one action leading to the next. This gives the audience a feeling like they are in a “train that’s going a certain direction”.  This form of storytelling makes everything sound so much better. He then states even if it’s the most boring story, you can make it exciting by sequencing everything. He then states another important part in this by raising questions. By raising questions and eventually answering them, you’re able to have your audience continue to listen to what you have to say.

The next building block is a moment of reflection. It’s the reason why you’re listen to the story. It’s also the part that talks about why the story is special. This part is important because if you have a great anecdote, but a subpar moment of reflection, then you have to go back to square 1. In essence, the moment of reflection is the most important part of the story.

In the second video, Ira talks about how hard is it to find a decent story. Finding the story can be as long or longer than the producing of the story. This process of finding a decent story is the most important as it sets the base for everything else to put its weight upon. For example, Ira Glass and his team spend about half a week looking for stories. They then pick stories that they think are interesting. After this process is completed, they chose about half of those stories and do something with them.

Other things you have to consider while doing stories are the factors of that you can’t control. These factors include the performance of the interviewee, the functioning of the equipment, etc. These factors play a big role in the overall performance.

Another point he elaborates on is how you have to accept the fact that sometimes your work will suck and you can do nothing about it. You have to accept the fact and move on.

In Jad Abumrad’s video he talks about how audio storytelling can be very fascinating as having the ability to describe something and put an image into someone’s head is very special. Being able to describe something without any visuals and putting a certain image in the audience’s head makes radio special. He says the this is the reason why radio will always be around. It was great to hear his opinion because it made so much sense to me.