A Day Like Today

Link to my Podbean podcast.

The first sound you hear in my Sound File is the alarm clock that wakes me up. I was surprised to find out that both people who Peer Edited my file didn’t understand it was an alarm, even though the man says, “…it appears to be morning” then goes on to apologize and explain why ‘sir’ has to get up. I put that file in the beginning because it is my beginning. That sound is how I begin my days. The second sound, Henry’s laughter, I put in because it is my favorite sound and one that gets me going and keeps me in motion.  I chose Booker T and the MGs song, Green Onions because I really like the song. I love oldies. Henry and I always put music on in the mornings when we get ready and oldies is one of the first genres I pick to put on. I also thought the song fit my Sound File as it helped in describing and setting the mood of the Soundscape my life; it has a quick tempo, a certain sense of urgency about the rhythm and it is definitely a good, catchy tune. Besides I like the song. J I interspersed Fade Ins and Fade Outs as I began or ended my narration. I know narration should be given the title Audio Signal, as that is where we want the listener to direct all of their attention especially when the music was playing in the background. That is one thing one of my Peer Editors pointed out; when the voices came on, they were too loud for comfort. So, I have made adjustments and I believe I have achieved a much better balance between background sound and foreground sound. The first words of my first Voice Over begin, “My life these days…” which was my hope in setting the Keynote of the sound file for the listener. In hearing those words, a listener would put together, after hearing my alarm clock, Henry saying he is not a morning person, me saying, “Lets listen to some music while we get ready for the day, Babes”, that this sound file was going to about a particular person.

I created this sound file and storyboard, somewhat hand in hand. I had lots of notes in the form of freehand writing of what I wanted to put in my file. I had many sounds prerecorded when I began my sound file-not all of my narrations were prerecorded-and I had a rough storyboard before I began. My storyboard helped me keep track of my Fade In and Fade Outs and also any place in the sound file that may need a smoother transition from one piece to another.

While I was producing this sound file, I did think of how useful these new skills could potentially be in other classes for presentations. In a job, using a sound file could be very useful for marketing the business or marketing within the business. It could be useful for presentations also. Even offhand, if you needed to send a quick idea to a colleague about a project you were working on and didn’t want to take the time to type it, you could open Audacity or some other voice software, record your ideas and thoughts then send them off for their listening.

A Podcast reaches as many listeners as it wants to. That is one affordance. Availability. That the listener can stop, rewind or fast forward the podcast is another affordance. That a person doesn’t have to be able to see or use their hands to receive the information or enjoy the music with the podcast is another affordance. Time is another affordance; anytime, anywhere with any device.

Minute count Sound Effect Affordance/Notes
0:00-0:12.5 Alarm Clock

“Excuse Me, Sir”

Part of my Sound Scape Introduces listener to my morning wake up call, sets the stage for my busy life. Reading these words would not invoke the same response as listening to them. Everyone knows an alarm when they hear one.
0:12.5-0;24 Me waking Henry in the morning to another glorious day. Introduction to Keynote Identifies me-I am not a ‘Sir’ 😉 contrary to my alarm.  Gives the listener insight that I have a son who is young enough to still need a wake-up call.
0:24-0:44.5 Henry laughing and waking up Some of the Sound Scape of my Sound File, also gives a Sound Portrait to my file. Conversation

One of my Sound Marks J

0:44.5-0:53 Music from Green Onions Booker T & the MGs begins Fade Out of Voice

Fade In of Music (0:44.5-47:0)

Music works well with setting the mood for my Sound Portrait/Biography of busy and on the move
0:53-1:33 Music in the background with myself narrating on a little bit about me Keynote of piece

Voice Over

Sound Performance

Does the thinking for the listener. Once the keynote of the piece has begun, the listener knows, “Ah-ha! This is what the piece is about.”
1:33-1:45 Music from Green Onions Booker T & the MGs Rhetorical Coherence by using the same song throughout the Sound file Keeps listener engaged. Easy listening, doesn’t require too much from the audience
1:45-2:05 Narration with Music Sound Performance
2:05-2:43 Thunderstorm Part of Sound Scape

Audio Signal

Engaging, provoking, personal
2:43-2:50 Music Rhetorical Coherence Gives the listener a few seconds to come back in to the Keynote, get ready to focus in on Audio Signal
2:50-3:14 Narration Audio Signal

ENG 224 STORYBOARD+Blank

Final Product User Tested by April Jones

Cecilia Walls

Blog Post #7 Sound Essay Questions

Legacy of Music

  1. Where is an example of a voice over?

An example of a Voice Over can be found at minutes running 0:19. The author begins her narrative by telling of her great-great grandfather.

  1. Where is an example of a Fade In/Out?

The author adds an example of Fade Out at around minutes running 0:22. This is where she begins with her Voice Over narrative.

  1. What is the context for the soundscape of this work (what social, cultural, historical, natural or artificial soundscape is being depicted?) What evidence do you have to support your answer?

I think the soundscape of this work would encompass a blue grass genre of music. It is definitely historical with the author’s re-telling of her family’s musical past and present; dulcimer, singing, guitar, mandolin and piano. The story is all in a natural setting.

  1. What soundmarks can you identify in the work?

The Hammered Dulcimer (although dulcimers are played around the world, in many different styles and shapes). The guitar.

  1. Give an example of the use of an audio signal.

Whomever is speaking at the time should be given the listener’s direct attention.

  1. What might be the keynote of this work?

I believe the keynote of this work is the idea of a family in love and ingrained in music for generations past, present and future.

  1. Would you describe this work as a sound portrait, biography or autobiography; a sound documentary; or a sound performance? Give reasons for your answer.

If I had to pick one, I believe this work would be a Sound Portrait because it spans musical history of Great-great grandfather, grandfather and grandfather’s brothers all playing dulcimer, guitar or mandolin. Parts of the story has her mother telling of her father, especially, and sometimes her mother and siblings singing. The author’s mother wanted to learn to play piano but, wasn’t able to because there was no money so, she sang. The author was able to learn the piano then later the flute. This piece is not strictly a documentary of one person and it is not wholly an autobiography of the author only.

  1. How does the author achieve rhetorical coherence in this work?

The author shows credibility in her Ethos by providing firsthand familial historical accounts. Her father gives memories of his father, she gives her own storyline to the family’s musical history and includes her daughter’s blossoming continued legacy of love in music. There is not much Logos in this piece but, she does give a date at the beginning of the work, “around 1920” and that she has so many people in her family as sources to speak with on the history of music in the family is reliable for the listener. The author depends on the listener’s Pathos being effected with this compilation in many different ways. The use of music is one, storytelling is another. A child’s song being included would affect many listeners partial to children and their role in families.

  1. How does this work illustrate some of the affordances of sound?

This piece uses music, voice over, documentation, storytelling and recording history as a tangible auditory experience for her family, especially her daughter, to hold on to for a long time. This is a great personal affordance for the author. Now, she has an auditory work for her professional portfolio, if she wishes. This piece is strong on the Pathos side of rhetoric, another affordance of sound.

Blog Post #6 Team Sound File

Here is a link to a Podbean podcast I found that is related to my project. It should link to a page named Classical Airs. The tab should open in Bruch, the 2nd movement of Violin Concerto in G minor Op. 26 Adagio.

Relating to my topic, the techniques the podcaster used was his information was clearly laid out for the viewer to find what music he or she wanted to find. Every link to music that was posted actually worked, which was a pleasant surprise seeing as six or seven Podcasts before this one all links were broken. This is something I must make sure of when I incorporate sound files in my project- that every link works as it should.

Here is a link to the Podcast I published on Podbean.

There are many affordances to using sound in your work.

  • Many software companies allow sound-overs to be added in a variety of ways in presentations and demonstrations.

~Prezi allows sound to be added over a track

~sound can be added to a PowerPoint slide

~Movie-Maker allows sound to be added to your movie

  • Working with sound files is quite easy. There may be a few extra steps in converting or saving a certain type of file from one to another but, working with the software (such as Audacity) is simple.
  • Sound allows the creator to send an emotional message to their listener that print cannot.
  • Sound can reach visually and hearing impaired listeners just as well as listeners that have no impairment.

The four ways sound affects us according to Julian Treasure:

  1. Physiological

~brainwaves

~breathing

  1. Psychological

~emotions

~birds chirping

  1. Cognitively

~auditory input

~productivity decreases by 66% if bombarded with sound

  1. Behavioral

~move toward pleasant sounds and away from unpleasant sounds

Knowing this, I can make sure the sound files I use in my final project are clear as I can possibly get them. I do not want my listeners cringing or wanting to move away from unpleasant sounds. I can choose to put a sound file in my Multi-Modal Project that has a calm and steady rhythm to it that appeases to my listeners physiological ear and does not disrupting their brainwaves. I will keep in mind the powerful psychological affect music has on a listener. Hitting the mute button on a particularly sappy video can take much of the emotion out just by taking the music out. I will also make sure the music I choose to put in my Multi-Modal project is not a cacophony of sounds so dissonant it has the listener feeling confused.