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Summary of Week Four

WEEK FOUR COMPLETE!

How well do you feel you completed the requirements of week 4 assignments? I feel very confident about my completion of week 4 assignments. In the beggining I tried to really think about what Ira Glass and Jad Abumrad were saying in my reflections on their presentations and I learned a lot about what it means to create good audio stories. I also really enjoyed listening to a podcast from This American Life and I believe that I successfully removed myself from the story and focused on the sounds and techniques. I wrote a reflection about my experience with the podcast and made sure to define and use radio terminology so that other students can learn it as well.  Then I got to put what I learned into practice with the three audio assignments we had to complete. I learned more about Audacity and got to play with manipulating voices in my dad & daughter phone conversation. I became even more familiar with free sound and downloaded some really cool audio files which I used to create a zoo story composed entirely of sounds. Finally, I put those small lessons together to create a funny village announcement with sounds downloaded from freesound.org and voices edited in audacity. This week I also decided to try something new with my “tutorial” portions of my audio assignments. I decided to screen capture my procedure and speak to the students to explain what I was doing. It is easier for me to learn if I can watch a video so I thought it would be a nice touch and it allowed me to explain the steps in much greater detail.

What gave you trouble? What did you enjoy most? What did you learn? I initially had some issues with Audacity in the sense that it is a new program for me and everything felt very foreign. I still need to watch some more tutorials and play around with it to see how things works. I enjoyed making my zoo audio story the most. The whole process of finding the perfect sounds and putting them together was really great and inspired me to get creative. Freesound has so many files and I can’t wait to search for sounds for future projects. From my commenting on other blog posts, I learned a new technique that stretches audio files in Audacity. I saw this method in Kelsey’s blog and really liked her result.

What would you do differently? What questions to you have? I don’t think I would have done anything differently this week. I really liked the results of my audio projects. The only thing I felt a little guilty about is that I turned to iMovie instead of audacity because it was more familiar to me. I don’t think there is anything wrong with using tools that you have experience with but I also know that Audacity has great capabilities and that I need to learn them.

What are some of the larger issues surrounding your work? Cultural/Societal implications? I noticed that all three of my audio assignments were making fun of certain aspects of society. I don’t want anybody to think that I am a cynic, but I do want people and myself to step back and take a moment to laugh but also ponder the serious implications of some of the things I was hinting at. It’s wise to try and live life with appreciation for the things that we have and the nature that surrounds us.

Commenting

This week I did not have as many comments as last week. I replied to the comments posted on my blogs and I tried to explore the blogs of people I have not seen before. I commented on a sound effect story that Miles created and I wasn’t sure if he knew about Freesound so I mentioned it to him. I also found Rachel’s blog and commented on her reflection of Ira Glass and Jad Abumrad because I really liked how she told a personal anecdote. Kelsey’s blog is where I learned a new Audacity technique and I really loved how she did one of her audio assignments. I still don’t feel like I am commenting enough so I will try to get some conversations started next week.

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