WEEK 4 OF DS WAS A BIT OF A CHALLENGE!!
Reflection: During this week of DS we learned about audio storytelling and how it actually works. We got to listen to people talk about audio storytelling, listen to the radio a lot, listen to actual audio stories, make our own version of an audio story, and make a radio bumper. It was a lot of work, but I think I got the gist of audio storytelling for now…. Throughout the week I found myself very overwhelmed and frustrated with all of the audio based stuff. I’ve never really been good with working on sound and audio related things, I have always lacked that talent. I felt like there were so many things I had to do and I just couldn’t figure out how to get started. Although the video’s and things helped I think I just put a lot on myself and panicked before I even gave it a chance.
Luckily I got through it all and know that I tried my best. Although I faced some challenges during this week, I’m glad to say I completed everything the way it needed to be done. I think the hardest thing for me this week was learning how to use Audacity and then making my Sound Effect Story using it. This probably took me two or so days to finish just because I allowed myself to get frustrated. I’m glad I got through it and finally learned how Audacity works …. all this technology is crazy!!
Audio Storytelling: My first blog post for this week was based off of the video’s I watched on how audio storytelling works. The view of radio and it’s importance through someone else’s eyes, but also knowing why and how it can be effective. I got a lot out of those videos because it helped with the rest of the week.
Listening to a story: I got a chance to listen to an audio story for one our assignments. The whole concept of telling a story with music, sound and narration involved really seemed hard to me at first. While listening to Lucy and the Bike Girl (the story that I chose to blog about) I got a new idea for how storytelling via audio can be effective. It wasn’t just someone reading a story out loud, it’s an audio story because of the audio that was incorporated in telling the actual story. I thought this assignment was really interesting and it opened up my listening a little more.
DS106Radio: A lot of the time during this week I found myself listening to DS106 Radio. The AutoDJ was set to some pretty good music, but I also liked the live interaction that I saw throughout the week. I went into more detail about the entire concept of DS106 Radio and what I got a chance to listen to in my blog post a few days ago.
Audio Assignments: I got a chance to make my own story using sounds during one of this weeks assignments. Although it didn’t turn out exactly as I had planned, I think I got most of my story across. I created a Sound Effect Story and attempted for it to bring back a time that I really miss in life. Although I still play soccer, there is nothing like being a little kid and playing it for pure fun; mindlessly.
The other assignment for audio this week was to create a Radio Bumper for our class’s radio station. I tried to make it apply to the radio station as much as I could, while still including some of my own flavor. I’m not big on talking and recording my own voice…. It always creeps me out, but I made this work and I hope it makes the cut at least once haha. I also like that if I ever want/need to record another again… now I know how!
Daily Creates: This week we were asked to do 3 Daily Creates.
1. The number 3: The daily create asked us to represent the “number 3″ in some way shape or form. This is a picture of my three favorite rings that I wear nearly EVERYDAY. Strangely enough I wear all three of these rings on my left hand…. I lined them up on a desk in a cool manner so they were more appealing.
2. Miniature Golf Day: The next daily create I decided to do happened to be on Miniature Golf Day. I asked a friend to help me think of something for this day and this is what we came up with. It shows a mini golf course and attempting to get the golf ball where the red flag is … HOLE IN ONE. I’m not very creative, but I hope this gets the message across.
3. Company Mergers: The last daily create I did for this week was the one about company mergers. I thought I would add an iPad to a refrigerator and make an iFridge …. you could do all types of things with an iPad on your fridge …. not realistic, but defiantly COOL.
That’s it for this week, it’s been a rough one… but I’m ready for Week 5!!