Week 3 Midweek
After reading about the objective for this week, I became a bit nervous. Before this class, the only experience I had with audio came from recording my conversation for Spanish class in high school. Although, after learning more about the platforms that we will be using to record our audio, I became a bit more relaxed.
After completing two daily creates, I began working on my reflection assignments. The first assignment was to reflect on the two short videos of Jad Abumrad from RadioLab. In the first video he explained the concept of radio and how its empowered by its lack of pictures. He also explained how co-authorship and co-imagining fit with storytelling. In his second video, he explained how storytelling is still the same since ancient times. Lastly, I completed the audio reflection on the short story Moon Graffiti. This piece used many different and unique audio techniques I explain later.
When you think of audio, the first thing that pops in your mind is sound. Sound vibrations that travel through the air and eventually hit our eardrums. Audio is defined as “any sound or noise that is within a range the human ear is capable of hearing.” Audio will help me this week tell stories and information to people. For the upcoming assignments, I will use SoundCloud and Audacity to record my audio. Hopefully while people listen to my audio pieces, they will subconsciously create mental images in order to deeply understand the context behind what I am talking about.
The daily creates I chose for this week were a bit different than usual. The first daily create required me to choose an image from the europeana art collection and create a GIF out of it. Creating a GIF is something that is very foreign to me since I’m usually the viewer, not the creator. I did, however, find it much more simple to create a GIF than I thought it would be.
The second daily create required me to create a card to congratulate Alan and Cori for their marriage. Creating congratulatory cards is among the most enjoyable things for me to do, especially when its for a couple getting married. Marriage is one the greatest events we are going to witness in our lives. Nothing beats seeing two people tying the knot for life. You can see the GIF and the wedding card I created, as well as their descriptions, by clicking here.
Reading and Resource Reflection
For this assignment, I had to watch two videos on audio then read about different audio resources and reflect on them. I actually found much of what Jad Abumrad said during his videos reasonable. I do believe that there is a sense of “co-imagining” when storytelling because everyone that hears a story has to picture the events happening without a physical picture in-sight. With that creates a connection with the storyteller because you start feeling empathy for what the storyteller is saying.
The audio resources explained on the canvas page are programs that I am quite familiar with, but not for the purposes of completing the upcoming assignments. I only know about SoundCloud for hearing music and sound bites. I learned about audacity in high school and used it to record audio, but I always had an adult help with the mechanics. In preparation for the upcoming audio assignments, I am going to have to practice recording audio on my own. To read my full blog post of my reflections on the videos and the audio resources, click here.
For this assignment, I had to listen to Moon Graffiti, which is a short story of what would’ve happened if Apollo 11 crashed. I had to try to pick up different audio techniques the performers and editors used, as well as how they used audio to create different moods and tones. Hearing the combination of all the sounds makes you feel like you are actually in the situation in space with the astronauts. You can find the full blog post where I explain more about the audio story by clicking here.