Those Screams Coming From My Apartment Were School Related, I Swear!

HOLY MACARONI… What a week this has been. Let me tell you- If this week didn’t stress you out (even just a little), then I don’t think you’re doing DS/NOIR106 correctly.

Also, I tweeted this at the beginning of the week,

but after spending 12 hours on an Abstract Algebra take home test this weekend, here I am at 9:45 on Sunday cranking out my weekly summary. I swear that next week I will have everything done before Sunday….I hope…Maybe…We’ll see…

Here is a summary of my Week 4 work, I hope you enjoy it….because I sure will

1. Think About Audio Storytelling.
I definitely spent a lot of time thinking through how important the audio is for storytelling. We had to watch 2 videos ( 1 & 2), read a piece on Noir, as well as live tweet one night of DS106 Radio. You can read all about my reactions to the videos and reading HERE, and you can read all about how much I enjoyed live tweeting a radio show HERE. I learned a lot this week about the audio aspects of noir, as well as why they are important, and how they get you to feel the way you do when you watch or hear a story.

2. Complete 2 Daily Creates
I personally love Daily Creates because they make you think outside of the box. This week I gave a Noir Puppy a quote, and celebrated International DOT Day! Here are my creations, incase you don’t wanna leave this awesome weekly summary to see them:

Life is Ruff

INT'L Dot Day

3. Create a Radio Bumper. (3 1/2 stars that didn’t count to my stars)
This assignment was a pain in the butt. I didn’t understand what a bumper was for like 3 days! However, once I figured out what it was, and what it needed to include, I figured it would be a piece of cake. However, I was wrong. You can read all about my process HERE, and you can listen to my bumper by clicking the lovely soundcloud play button below.

4. Complete 8 Stars of Audio Assignments
So 8 stars doesn’t seem like a lot, but during audio week, it is more than a lot. I wanted to claim that I couldn’t count to 8, but I figured they’d use the fact that I’m a math major against me and call my bluff.

  • The first assignment was a mandatory 3.5 star assignment called Sound Effects Story. The task?: Tell a story using nothing but sound effects. There can be no verbal communication, only sound effects. Use at least five different sounds that you find online. The story can be no longer than 90 seconds. You can Read all about my process HERE, and you can listen to the story below.

  • The second assignment I did was entitled Make ‘em Laugh (worth 2 stars). The task for this: Find a good, brief joke in a language other than your mother tongue; if you don’t know any other languages this might be a good way to start learning. Record your voice telling the joke focusing on pronunciation and try to make it sound as natural as you can with appropriate vocal inflections. Add a music track underneath and a laugh track at the end. You can read all about how I created the audio HERE, and you can listen to the whole thing below.

  • The last assignment was entitled Dramatic Reading Remix (worth 3.5 stars) . The task?: For this assignment, take a song that you love, and record yourself doing a dramatic reading of the lyrics. Then take another piece of music (obviously without lyrics) and set your dramatic reading to it. This should result in something that sounds very different than the original song. Post both the original song (for comparison) and your new dramatic reading remix in a blog post. I ended up taking one of my favorite Timeflies songs Ride, and putting it on top of a Karaoke version of Blank Space. Read all about that process HERE, and listen to the final cut below. 

That brought me to 9 stars. 9> 8. SO I DID IT YAY.

5. Brainstorm Radio Show Ideas
I had a little bit of trouble coming up with ideas at first. However, I am really excited with what I decided to pick as my topic. Clue is a game that I’m sure everyone has played at least once in their life, and I  think a radio series based on that game (and maybe Noir Characters) could be AWESOME. Read about that HERE.

6. Audacity.
Wow. At the beginning of the week I wanted to chuck my computer across the room. However, now I am quite okay with the program. I have definitely gotten used to it, and it is actually very user friendly when you figure out what you are doing. I really like how simple it is to create audio pieces, and I am excited to play with it even more throughout the semester. (I may even use it to help me cut  the Mr. UMW music, since garage band is NOT MY FRIEND RIGHT NOW.) I’m glad I took the time to go through the program, and see how much you could actually do on it. I’m sure it will be EXTREMELY helpful throughout the rest of the semester.

Lastly, I’ve been quite active on twitter. If you don’t follow me, you probably should. @miaboleis. Also, I have been trying to comment on more posts.

I commented on Lauren’s post as well as Emily’s post, Kendall’s post, and Brianne’s post.  I definitely plan to comment more as the weeks go on.


Well that wraps up WEEK 4…. finally. Audio Week had my ears ringing, and I’m glad I live alone and can sit in silence for a while and not have to worry about creepy screams coming from my apartment.

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