Tyger, Tyger Burning Bright…

For my last assignment this week, I chose this one for 2.5 stars. The challenge here is to recite a poem or other serious text and replace the various different punctuation with different sounds.

I chose the following poem, The Tyger by William Blake to recite.

The Tyger
by William Blake
Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
In what distant deeps or skies.
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand, dare seize the fire?
And what shoulder, & what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?
What the hammer? what the chain,
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp,
Dare its deadly terrors clasp!
When the stars threw down their spears
And water’d heaven with their tears:
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?
Tyger Tyger burning bright,
In the forests of the night:
What immortal hand or eye,
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?
Surprisingly, this 2.5 star assignment took me longer than any other higher star assignments this week! It was a fun one, though. I chose to use William Blake’s poem The Tyger for this assignment because it’s one of my favorites I remember reading in high school. And if you hadn’t notice, I’m a fan of cats. I enjoy this poem because its filled with so much vivid imagery of the tiger it describes, so I thought it would be perfect to fill with punctuation sounds. I chose the following sounds, all related to tigers (or other similar sounding big cats) for each of those punctuation marks.
  • ! and . for big tiger growl
  • , for tiger meow
  • : and ; for tiger purr
  • ? for tiger growl

I particularly wanted to chose the big tiger growl for those marks, since they were the strongest and showed up most often. My goal here was to enhance the imagery of the poem, and I think my result does, if additionally make a serious poem a bit more silly, which is never a bad thing in my opinion.

To complete this project, I first chose the poem and recorded it, which was the easy part. Then I found some tiger sounds I wanted from freesound.org and figured out which I wanted for each punctuation mark. Finally, I used Audacity to insert these sounds wherever each punctuation occurred, which was more difficult than expected since I think Audacity has some annoying quirks like playing the clip when you’re trying to edit the track. Anyway, this took longer than expected, but I’m pleased with the result and I thought it was a really unique assignment, and fun to do overall!

Credit to the following users/sounds from soundcloud:
https://freesound.org/people/videog/sounds/149190/
https://freesound.org/people/RebekahDay/sounds/171948/
https://freesound.org/people/Taira%20Komori/sounds/213144/

A Second Radio Bumper: News Edition!

For my second assignment this week, I chose to create another radio bumper for 4 stars, this time one specific to our upcoming news edition of the DS106 radio show.

The idea of our radio show was to incorporate all of our characters and worlds into one multiverse, that the DS106 radio news reports on, so I wanted to make sure to mention our news show and the multiverse in my bumper. I also added some upbeat music to improve the mood during these short breaks from the program to entice people to keep listening.

I know this bumper has significantly improved as compared to my last one, as I found some excellent copyright free music on sound cloud that I could add to my Audacity project. There, I simply lowered the volume of the music and added fade in and fade out effects to the music at the beginning and end of the bumper, so it transitions in more smoothly than before. I’m proud of myself for being able to figure that out without a tutorial, as it was as simple as selecting an area of the video I wanted to fade in/out and going to: Effect > Fade in, or Effect > Fade out. I’ll definitely be using these fade in and out effects in the future, as it makes a world of difference, I think, especially for a radio show, which this will be included in.

Music from DIZARO on Soundcloud: Dizarofr – Aurora-borealis

 

Vampire Repellant

First, for 3.5 stars I did this assignment to create an advertisement for our group’s radio show!

Since our show will be a news show, it will make sense for us to have many commercials. This commercial is one advertising a vampire repellent, professing how effective and wonderful the product is! The reason I chose this particular topic is because it will relate to one of our upcoming news stories about my character being discovered as a vampire living among us, which would obviously cause uproar in the community. So people would be in need of a product like this one! I went for a slightly comedic and upbeat tone in this one, and I had a lot of fun writing the script for it, especially since it’s a fake product and I can claim it does whatever I want it to do (it’s up to you whether you think it’s actually effective or not). I like how this one turned out and I can’t wait to use it on our news show on the DS106 radio!

My approach to making this, was to first write a script and practice reciting it, then recording my voice over of the commercial. I used Audacity to add some copyright free upbeat music to the commercial. Surprisingly, this time I found it easy to use Audacity now that I’ve practiced, however, very difficult to find copyright free music that would be appropriate for my commercial!

Music Info: Optimistic – AShamaluevMusic.
Music Link: Ashamaluevmusic – Optimistic

A Sonnet of my Blog and my Vampire

Shades of blue with legends that lurk in between:
Stories that come in different shapes and sizes, sights and sounds;
All of which shape what they mean,
Waiting to be seen in my background.

You’ll see kittens, ducks, and moments of fun,
Spattered amongst my social media hijinks.
This is where legends are found and even some have begun,
A man who invites you to see what makes him tick.

He’d think himself a man like any other,
A surgeon by day who takes pride in his profession.
By night he steals one blood bag and then another,
The beast inside growling at the suppression.

He is but one instance of so many more,
All kinds of legends that I have in store.

 

The final assignment I’ve done for the week is this one where I had to create an original poem and recite it. The assignment tells that the poem should be about my blog and its theme, and in addition, I extended this poem to be about both my blog and my vampire character, Callen Zelrich. This is worth 3.5 stars total.

I haven’t written poetry in a long time, but I used to really enjoy it both as a kid and in high school when we’d have poetry assignments. I’ve always particularly enjoyed searching for words that rhyme, and with a poetry reading like this, the melodic effect of those can really be heard. Though I haven’t done much poery reading before, and usually don’t enjoy reading things aloud, I did find it more fun to read something that I wrote myself, to see how my words sound out loud.

I wanted the poem to represent first, the fun attitude my blog takes to storytelling and exploring all these new forms of storytelling in ways I never have before, which continues to be exciting. I wanted to also incorporate a bit of mystery into the poem to fit the Legends and Myths theme too, and lead that into talking about my character. After all, Cal, as my own creation of ideas on the theme we have this semester, represents a lot of the ideas in my blog.

To do this assignment I did have to look on this page to find information on how to write a Shakespearean style Sonnet, so I could get some structure to my poem and rhyme scheme. The style includes 14 lines with 3 quatrains followed by a couplet. I used https://www.rhymezone.com to find a lot of the rhymes, which helped me get inspiration to continue writing onto the next line, when I could search for words that could represent my next thought for the poem. Once I finished writing it, I took a few tries to record myself reciting it, and uploaded the result to SoundCloud that you see above. This was the only take actually, where my cat did not somehow interrupt me, so I got lucky on that one!

My Favorite Sounds: Peace and Animals

The third assignment I chose this week is to make an audio clip of my favorite sounds, choosing 4-5 sounds. This assignment is worth 2 stars.

This assignment was an interesting one as it caused my to wonder what my favorite sounds were, and think of the 4 that were my most favorite. First, since my recent vacation to the beach (as in the soundcloud post’s picture), I knew one of them had to be the ambient sound of waves crashing. There’s just nothing more relaxing than that, and it reminds me of vacations and being at peace. Next, I knew my other favorite was a cat purring, since I love my cats so much and hearing their happy purr when I pick them up always makes me happy and relaxes me. Similarly, I chose the sound of chicks chirping, which is a sound that also makes me happy because I used to have chicks and ducklings, whose chirping sounds the same. I loved those pets as well, and they were always cutest as chicks. Finally, i chose a more mundane sound, the pouring of morning coffee; the sound of it pouring is one I think is satisfying and I’m sure there are many other people who will agree that there’s nothing better than a good cup of coffee.

I used freesound.org to find all these sounds and then I edited them together in Audacity, adjusting their volumes so no one sound overpowered the other. I decided to use the ocean waves as a background noise for the other sounds, setting a peaceful tone. I think the final result shows my love of relaxing and my love of animals at the same time. I’d highly recommend this assignment, as it was one of the most fun audio assignments I’ve done.

Credit to the following users and sounds from freesound.org:

https://freesound.org/people/GB01/sounds/150294/

https://freesound.org/people/stereostory/sounds/351756/

https://freesound.org/people/mukuh/sounds/150099/

https://freesound.org/people/straget/sounds/412308/

 

The Legendary DS106 Radio

This week, everyone in DS106 was tasked with creating a radio Bumper for DS106 Radio. Though it’s an assignment in the assignment bank, it doesn’t count for stars this week!

For this assignment, I had to first create a script for myself to follow, because I knew if I didn’t create one, it would end up messy; I’m not great with improvising any speech, even one as short as this one. For my 10-20 second bumper, I decided to simply introduce myself and the ‘Legendary DS106’ and ask the listener to stay tuned for more music and stories. I decided to include both music and stories in my bumper to make it a general one, since I know DS106 radio often includes music and story broadcasts, and no matter what’s being played there, there’s a story to be told.

The most difficult part of this assignment, was then finding music that wasn’t copyrighted to add to the background. Using freesound.org I was able to find a Fantasy Orchestra piece by user bigmanjoe, so credit goes out to him for my background music. I chose this music because I thought the fantasy element would be fitting of our theme and the music slowly swells into a more epic tone, which I wanted to convey for DS106 radio in our semester of legends and myths.

Since I now have some previous experience with Audacity, it was easier than ever before to edit my voiceover and the music together. I visited this quick Audacity tutorial to edit the music track to be quieter, so you could still hear my voice. I’d recommend you give that tutorial a watch if you’re having the same issue! My philosophy in life is, when in doubt, always google a YouTube tutorial.

 

Botter’s Butter on a Timer

Betty Botter bought some butter;
“But,” said she, “this butter’s bitter!
If I put it in my batter
It will make my batter bitter.
But a bit o’ better butter
Will but make my batter better.”
Then she bought a bit o’ butter
Better than the bitter butter,
Made her bitter batter better.
So ’twas better Betty Botter
Bought a bit o’ better butter.

By Carolyn Wells

This assignment was to recite a Tongue Twister as fast as you can, with a background sound included. The assignment can be found here, and it is worth 3 stars. I was inspired to do this assignment when I saw Francesca’s version of it from our class’ website! I thought it looked like a fun one to try myself. I’ve always loved poetry and tongue twisters!

The first step I took with this assignment, was to find a tongue twister I wanted to recite. After some google searches, I found this one about Betty Botter on this site, which cited it as one of the common famous tongue twisters. I thought this was surprising since it’s actually one I’ve never heard before; in fact, I don’t think I’ve ever heard one before involving so many B’s as the central tongue twisting sound. I chose it simply because I love baking myself, and thought it would be most interesting to chose one I wasn’t familiar with, and one that was a bit longer than the usual tongue twisters. Are you familiar with this one?

After I chose the tongue twister, I had to record it several times, which progressively got faster each time. I’m still not a fan of hearing my own voice in recordings, but I got it to a decent speed in the end, and it was easier after saying it many times in a row! I used Audacity to edit my clip of me saying the tongue Twister and add the sound of a timer ticking away in the background. I thought this would add some urgency to the reciting of the tongue twister, and help create the image of baking that Betty Botter inspires! It even includes a ding at the end, signifying that the reciting and whatever delicious buttery concoction Betty has made is done!

I got this background sound from freesound.org, from user keweldog, which you can visit here. After uploading the final product to SoundCloud, and adding the fitting image of the timer to the post, I was done with this one. It was easier to edit this one as compared to the first assignment I did, since I’m now a bit more familiar with Audacity. I’d highly recommend this assignment to anyone who wants to do a fun one!

A Realistic Horror Story

I hope you didn’t have your volume turned up for that one!

For my first assignment this week I’ve created a story using only sound effects for 4 stars. You had to use only sound effects and no voices, with a minimum of 5 different sound effects.

Despite our theme of mythology, I created a more realistic horror story for this assignment. Having someone outside who comes into your house unauthorized is personally one of my greatest fears, which I’m sure is one shared by many people. I wanted to make the story more interesting than a mundane one, to have something dramatic and frightening happen, so, in this story, I embodied that common fear we all share.

I used 7 sounds to illustrate this story. It starts with a car driving up a gravel road, then a car door opening and slamming. Then, you hear slow footsteps across a paved surface as the intruder walks across the porch. Then, you hear the creaking of the door as they open it (why did you leave the door unlocked?). After hearing quiet footsteps on wood floor, the intruder catches you! Then, you hear two screams, that of a man and a woman. Ahhhhh!

I think that I did a pretty good job in choosing the sound effects for this story. For example, I think the slow footsteps outside help to set the mood, to make it creepier than fast footsteps might. Additionally, the car pulling up slowly for a long duration of time helps set the mood and keep the listener on edge, wondering what will happen when the car pulls up.

For this project, I used Audacity to mash together sounds I downloaded from freesound.org. This was my first time ever using Audacity, so it was quite difficult to get started, especially with cutting clips and getting them where I wanted in the timeline (which seems like a simple task, and yet I fought the program significantly for it). I didn’t experiment much with editing the sounds, except an option to even out the overall volume of the clip (which maybe worked?), but I look forward to exploring those in the future. I’m no expert in Audacity and audio editing for certain, but it feels good to have accomplished an audio clip that tells the story I had in mind!

Credit to the following sounds from freesound.org:

https://freesound.org/people/fthgurdy/sounds/376707/

https://freesound.org/people/JohnsonBrandEditing/sounds/244310/

https://freesound.org/people/TheSubber13/sounds/239900/

https://freesound.org/people/ngrib/sounds/381951/

https://freesound.org/people/soundmary/sounds/196674/

https://freesound.org/people/phenoxy/sounds/195452/

https://freesound.org/people/rivernile7/sounds/249573/