This assignment was a lot of fun! I went through freesounds.com and found some clips that fit what I wanted to do with my story. From there, I placed them into Audacity and changed some things around. With some of the shorter clips, I decided it would be best if I rearranged them or had to occur more than once to keep with the rhythm of everything else. For the longer ones, I mostly left those alone in order to establish some sense of continuity and balance. Having said that, I feel like I treat this story more like a song and I like the way it sounds!
Imagine a man. He’s sitting inside his living room, scared. Outside is a ghostly wailing he’s all too familiar with, followed by the thud of a spectre banging against the wooden doorframe. As the man sits there, cold and afraid, he can’t help but scream when realizing the depth of his terror. Chains rattle around the door as the ghost continues to bang. Bang. Bang. Until finally it breaks in! It whips its chains around the man’s neck and snaps it! All that’s heard is the ghost’s banging and one final scream.
The assignment was to create an original poem, but I took it one step further. I decided to improvise the entire thing!
Now, I do actually write poetry and I wouldn’t call what I did here anything special. BUT I do think this was an interesting challenge for me. Maybe later in the semester I’ll continue to mess around with audio assignments like these. I used my computer’s audio recorder to pick up the sound and, honestly, this took about 5 minutes to complete. I gave myself a couple of tries before I settled on the idea of improvisation, which ultimately lead to our final (beautiful) product.
Here it is!
I shouldn’t even have to explain why I did this assignment, but I will. Simply put: because I’m real. The realest. Like 100% farm fresh dairy, no pasteurization required… yet. Fresh grated cheese kind of real. Homemade yogurt real. I can call up Ben & Jerry for a pint of ice cream at 3:00am real!
… Now, I just want dairy.
Anyways, here’s my tagline. I think it speaks for itself.
I found myself working with the local news outlet to report on traffic conditions in the area. Lo and behold, I managed to find myself face-to-face with an actual car chase! Or, so I thought. Perhaps I got a little carried away.
Hear my wonderful voice here!
And check out the footage I so ceremoniously confused:
I’m sure we’ve all had a busy week, so why don’t we all just take a second to relax? Here I have an incredibly smooth radio bumper for our beloved DS106 Radio, so kick back and enjoy.