Radical Weekly Summary (2-14-20)

This week has been really fun learning the in-and-outs of Audacity, iMovie, and GarageBand as well as listening to Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad and his insights on what makes storytelling via radio so compelling.

Moon Graffiti was a very interesting podcast on SoundCloud. The idea of preparing for a disaster is always fascinating to me. The voice acting paired with the superb sound effects created an excellent atmosphere to tell the story of the moon landing.

Creating the radio show bumper was unique. Using Audacity to add a couple soundbites into and create a nice 14 second clip was simple and fun.

The DS106 Radio Show Live Tweet session on Twitter was a fun time. Deciphering and analyzing the use of word imagery and the sound effects used was an engaging way to learn about the material.

For the audio assignment “Song Played in Another Room”, I used audacity to edit Dan Fogelberg’s Same Auld Lang Syne. I went to Effects and used the Low Pass Filter effect to add a reverb and dissonance to the entire song.

Overall it was a great week and I am looking forward to the group projects!

Sick Beat, Dude!

I have never made a beat before and it is quite hard, not gonna lie. After watching a couple YouTube tutorials on GarageBand beat-making, I decided to give it a shot.

I played around with drums, trumpets, and some piano notes to create a pretty fun, upbeat instrumental. Here is my first beat I’ve ever made, enjoy!

Here kitty, kitty, kitty…

Creating a story only using sound effects is very interesting. When starting off with ideas, I thought about doing a music concert or a spooky story. I decided to do a spooky story because I am more interested in that kind of content.

After deciding my concept, I went to Freesound and found a bunch of sounds I thought would be perfect. A creepy laugh, some footsteps on a wooden floor, and heavy breathing to name the ones that I used.

I used Audacity to import all of the sounds and put them over some creepy music and I believe it came out really well! Here is the link to it on Soundcloud, enjoy!

Radio Bumpin’

Creating a short 10-30 second radio bumper was a lot of fun. Using BBC Sounds and Freesound, I was able to get two great sound effects. One being a laser sound to start off the bumper and an explosion sound to close out the bumper. Here is my radio bumper, enjoy!

It’s 1981 and You’re Sad

It’s 1981. You took your high school crush to the Senior Prom. When you both got there, your date ran away to dance with another person for the rest of the night, forgetting you even exist. You run to the gymnasium bathroom and lock yourself in a stall, crying while you hear Dan Fogelberg’s Same Auld Lang Syne play in the background.

Moon Graffiti

Listening to Moon Graffiti by The truth podcast was very interesting. As a fictional piece, based on the true story of landing U.S. astronauts landing on the moon, it was very well done from a storytelling standpoint.

The re-enactment of Lance Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin was enthralling from start to finish. The two voice actors did an incredible job portraying a realistic and heartfelt interaction between each other during such a momentous achievement.

The sound design was exceptional. The constant ambient humming created a desolate and alien-like atmosphere. This level of details makes you feel as though you are right there with them on the moon. Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad, talks about creating empathy through intricately described images and sound bites. Without empathy, the listener has no connection to what is being heard.

The juxtaposition between the reenactment and the podcast host giving us information about the alter-script written for Nixon was a nice way to bridge the gap that the listener has to face. Through audio storytelling, so much can be achieved. Audio gives the listener the ability to paint their very own world in their head using somebody else’s words.

Knees Weak, Summary Heavy (2-7-20)

Visuals of Storytelling

To start off our work for the week, we had to read Becoming a Better photographer and offer our input on how it can help our own photography skills.

This article and the included TED Talk video explained how pictures can be more than images. Photographs have the ability to tell an impactful story, no way words could. Using photographs, emotion can be visually displayed and seen by the audience compared to written or told.

Using certain techniques such as different lenses and playing with foreground/background subjects and settings can positively affect your photos and add some good depth. Contrasting colors can also create dynamic movement in a photo.

Michael Galinsky, circa 1980

When applying what I learned to the buzzfeed article These Pictures Of American Malls In The 1980s Are Actually Incredible, it was very interesting seeing how human and muted life was back then in atmosphere but not color. Picture composition was very well done and it conveyed a very nostalgic feeling of the good old days (for people who were alive back then).

Photoblitz

The 20-Minute Photoblitz was really cool and engaging. In 20 minutes, I had to scrounge through my apartment and find specific objects to photograph. Sometimes taking bad pictures really fast is better than not taking okay pictures at all.

Visual Assignments

I did 4 visual assignments for a total of 13 stars (1 more than required). First, I did a Chimeratic Composition. I had to photoshop 3 random items and make them into something bigger than the sum of their parts alone. I created a dragon sitting on a Scottish castle with a UFO in the sky. Mysticism is very interesting to me.

Second, I did “Who Said What” where I photoshopped a Daniel Craig quote over Sean Connery with credit to Jack Flack. We had to use 3 separate spies to create a quote meme.

Third, I did “Combophoto” which required me to splice two images together to create something unique and with correct flow. I found a picture of an acoustic guitar and a squash and spliced them together to create the one and only, Acoustic Squashtarâ„¢.

Lastly, I did “Pop Star Out Of Place” so I chose my favorite Pop star, Arnold Schwarzenegger from his 1984 film The Terminator and placed him in a fairy tale setting. I highly doubt he never thought he would get himself into that kind of situation.

The Terminator in A Fairytale

When hunting Sarah Connor, the Terminator can sometimes make the wrong turn. For this visual assignment, we had to take a 1980s star and put them somewhere we would never see them. I used photoshop to place Arnold Schwarzenegger from the 1984 classic The Terminator. The movie is very dark so I figured I’d place him in a very fairytale setting. Maybe Sarah Connor can use this time to figure to how to stop him.

Combophoto

Splicing two pictures together really led me down a weird path on this assignment. I created a brand new instrument, the Acoustic Squashtarâ„¢. I pondered for a bit, wondering what two items I could splice together and I immediately knew I wanted to turn something into a guitar. So I took the neck of an acoustic guitar and thought of what “acoustic-shaped” objects existed. I found a great picture of a squash and knew I hit gold. I used my photoshop app to cut off the body of the guitar and the stem of the squash. I then positioned them on top of one another to create a masterpiece. this assignment was a fun expression of creativity and challenging use of photoshop.

Who Said What

When asked to combine 3 different but similar spies together for one fantastic meme, you can’t not use James Bond. In accordance with our 1980s theme this semester I wanted to use a James Bond from the 1980s. After finding the perfect image and creating the perfect wrong-dimension meme, I realized the man pictured above is actually Sean Connery from the 1964 James Bond film GoldFinger. I do know, for a fact, that Jack Flack is from the 1984 spy movie Cloak and Dagger. The quote itself is from Daniel Craig, the latest actor playing James Bond and I used Keynote to create the meme. I love a good meme.

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