This exercise focused on building my familiarity with the sound recording, audio editing/mixing using Audacity to pull together a story (using previous course concepts), and finally upload the story to my newly created SoundCloud account. The goal of this exercise was to take a collection of my own clips, along with clips available online (I used Freesounds), and merge them into a sound effect story.
This weekend I took a trip down to Durham, North Carolina to visit my 5 month old nephew and my sister. We planned to enjoy the spring time weather and go to Easter Mass. I decided that this would be the perfect story to capture with sound and captured sound bits as the weekend went along. The shape of the story was fairly symmetrical with my boarding a bus, arriving to Gus’ baby talk, attending mass, walking in the park, and then leaving to board the bus back to DC (with Gus’ upset cries in the background).
I used my iPhone and my old Sony IC Recorder ICD-UX71 to collect sounds over the weekend. Unfortunately, Audacity didn’t take the .mp4 files straight off my iPhone so I had to use an online converter to convert those files into .WAV files ready for editing. I started by laying out the different parts of the story spine and filled them in with sound bits as I captured them:
- The Beginning (bus, door, coins, vroom)
- The Event (Door, Steps, Baby laugh, Mass)
- The Middle (walking on park gravel, sound of birds, sound of a creek, Gus gurgling in the background)
- The Climax (My footsteps, door opening, street sounds, Gus whimpering)
- The End (Boarding the bus, engine idle, vroom)