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/

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