Phone Conversation With Myself?

Five stars of additional design work

Have A Phone Conversation With Yourself (5 Stars):

Phones give us the ability to converse with anyone we want to, no matter where they are. For this assignment, I was required to record audio of myself holding down both sides of a conversation. I used a voice pitcher to make it sound like two different people are talking to each other.

You can find the audio clip down below or click here to be redirected to my SoundCloud.

The Process

I am not going to lie, this assignment, along with others, drained me. It took lots of dedicated and precise work to make it sound somewhat believable. I used Audacity to create the entire audio clip of me having the conversation with myself.

  1. I started by writing a script of what I was going to say in the audio piece. This didn’t take too long since I have a lot of knowledge of what gets said during most phone conversations. I wrote the script in Microsoft Word to speed up the editing and revision process.
  2. After completing the script, I opened up audacity and started to record my conversation. This did take a few retries because I kept messing up.
  3. Then, after completing the audio piece, I started editing the “second person’s” audio. I did this by using the “change pitch” feature in the effects tab on the top menu for audacity. I changed the pitch from F to D#/Eb. The percent change was the most important tool because that decides how much you want to change the pitch. I chose to go with -11 percent because it made my voice deeper, but not too deep to be unbelievable.
  4. After changing the “second person” audio bit, I went on to listen back to the entire audio clip and check for any mistakes. After seeing that the audio piece sounded nice and clear, I exported the audio file to an MP3 file on to my computer. Finally, I uploaded it to my SoundCloud.

 

Every Horror Movie Ever

Sound Effects Story

Horror movies. We’ve all seen them whether we wanted to or because or friends forced us. The exhilarating and anxious feeling you get in the build up to a scary moment in the movie is incomparable to another other feeling.

For this assignment, my job was to create a story using nothing but sound effects. I used a mix of five different sound effects to create an intense and haunted setting. From the Michael Myers theme to the creepy little girl, this piece is definitely one to get you antsy.

The Process

This assignment was one of the hardest assignments, but most fun, for me to complete. Having to regain my knowledge of audacity was a bit of a process, but I did enjoy it. Before I even started, I researched a ton of the different tools I know I am going to need to create the audio piece.

  1. The first step I took to create my audio piece was to decide on a theme. I decided to go with a horror movie theme because I recently saw a trailer for the new Michael Myers movie coming soon. I also knew that the Michael Myers theme music is very frightening and a great theme to add to any scary piece.
  2. The second step I took was to start converting the YouTube audio clips into MP3 files using ytmp3. I decided to go with five different audio clips, each scary in their own way. The first audio piece I chose was the Michael Myers theme music to be the background music to the other sounds. The second audio piece was of a person breathing scarily and heavily, as someone would in a scary movie. The third audio piece I chose was of a creepy little girl talking about scary things. The fourth audio clip I chose was of scary sounds coming from a haunted forest. Lastly, I chose to go with creepy swamp sounds with crickets and other scary animal sounds.
  3. Next, I opened up Audacity and got to work. I started the process by importing the MP3 files into audacity. Once I imported them, I decided to crop the audio to around one minute and fifteen seconds because I wanted it to be relatively short. Next, I used the time shift tool to move the audio clips to there destined location. I put the Michael Myers theme, heavy breathing, forest sounds, and swamp sounds in the beginning to play simultaneously. The creepy girl sound bit comes in around the twenty two second mark, where all five clips run simultaneously.
  4. After completing the audio piece, I exported the audio as an MP3 file onto my computer. This step was definitely the easiest since I precisely remember doing this multiple times in high school. Below you will find an image of how the audio pieces look in audacity.

Smartphones Were Never There

Alternative History assignment

This assignment, from the assignment bank, required us to tell a story based on our alternative history assignment topic we chose a week ago. Since I chose the topic of “what if smartphones never existed”, I decided to tell a story of the many different problems and solutions to smartphone addiction.

The short story audio clip is down below, but you can also find it on my SoundCloud, which you can access by clicking here.

The Process

This process was a grueling one because of the amount of time it took. This assignment, without a shadow of a doubt, in my mind was the hardest assignment to complete. The amount of times I had to restart the recording was unthinkable to me, and it frustrated me a bit. Having to fast for Ramadan while trying to record audio can make it really tough because when you’re not able to drink water for prolonged periods of time, you get a bit of cotton mouth.

  1. The first step I took before recording my audio was to create a script. This script was relatively long, since the story had to be at least two minutes. I did it on Microsoft word to save time if I wanted to edit any part of the script.
  2. The second step I took was to find the background sound that will be playing while I am narrating the audio clip. I decided to go with people talking as my background sound to exemplify the increase in socialization if smartphones were diminished. I converted the YouTube clip file into an MP3 file using ytmp3. I then imported the file into my audacity project, where I decreased the sound using the amplify option in the effects tab on the audacity menu.
  3. Finally, I started recording my narration of the story for the audio piece. This took the most time to complete since I am not used to narrating short stories. After completing the recording, I exported the audio as an MP3 file onto my computer and uploaded it to SoundCloud.