One of my favorite type of assignments is audio! Lyrics and songs are great ways to tell stories. Have you notice similar themes extend genres… lyrics overlapping. Your task is to create a story by using audio snippets from songs. The trick is you have to have the last word of your clip, be the same word that starts the next clip. Use at least 5 different songs, try to include different genres or decades.
Link to Assignment: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/music-tag/
For this assignment I used these songs:
Haddaway – What is love
Nazareth – Love Hurts
Three Days Grace – Pain
KC and the Sunshine Band – Get Down Tonight
The Beatles – All You Need is Love
I used the program Audacity for this assignment. First I listened to the songs and picked which parts suited my needs. Then I trimmed the songs, and lined them up.
This is a variation off of AudioAssignments70: Sound Effects Story, except the main goal of this assignment is to create a story using only sounds (no words) found on the Internet that tells the story of a dream using audio. Restrictions: use only sounds from freesound.org and a max of 2 minutes. Please remember to credit those who you have sampled. Also, please refrain from having 6+ “layers” in a dream. We all know from watching Inception that by that time, you’re way beyond the normal dreaming mind constructs and into the subconscious.
Link to Assignment page: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/audio-dream-stories/
For this Assignment, I decided to go with a dream someone might have if they left the radio or television on while they went to sleep. Don’t worry, you can’t hear any words, just static. Also, you can hear rain in the background. The audio dream could be interpreted as someone dreaming that they are in Zombie Apocalypse faintly hearing the reports of a zombie outbreak. To make this audio dream, I used sound clips from the website freesound.org. More specifically, I used these files ohrpilot__static-noise-several-different-ones.aiff
Once I got the sound bites that I wanted to use. I imported them to Audacity and cut them into smaller fragments. Then I placed them together.
Create a commercial featuring an item that you have invented that would be extremely useful to your favorite movie or TV Show character. Try to be as creative and abstract as possible. Must include sound effects or background music and be at least 20 seconds in length.
This is my commercial for the DS106 Radio station. It is a travel commercial, trying to get people to come to the city “Homeland”. It is based on the episode “Walking Distance” from the Twilight Zone show. Come to Homewood, where the past comes alive!
Find an audio clip from a show or movie outside of the Twilight Zone. See example from the Everybody Loves Raymond episode, “Standard Deviation.”
I liked this Audio Assignment. I found a Family Guy episode that references the Twilight Zone episode, “Time Enough at Last.” I thought this was a really good example and perfect for this assignment. I found the video on Youtube then converted the video just to sound and uploaded it onto Soundcloud. It is embedded below through Soundcloud.
On Wednesday, I met with my group and we did the radio show. For our radio show, we recreated the Twilight Zone episode, “Eye of the Beholder”. We changed it by changing some of the lines of the script to make it more modern. I played the part of the doctor and also Rod Serling. We changed my “Rod Serling” voice by changing the pitch of my voice in the Audacity program. I also completed my commercial. My commercial was a travel commercial for the city Homeland. The city Homeland was taken from the Twilight Zone episode, “Walking Distance”. I based the commercial on the episode saying stuff like, “Take a ride on a merry-go-round..” etc. We added soft music to the commercial to make it relaxing sounding, so that you would want to go to “Homeland.” Below I’ve embedded the episode reenactment and the commercial I did.
Take the audio from one movie, the ambient sounds, a few words, etc.Remix it into something entirely new.
assignment link: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/context/
I chose the Lion King as the movie to Remix.
Take six very short fragments (less than one second each) from six different songs and ensemble them into a single piece. Expect others to guess which six songs you have used.
Link to Assignment page: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/the-contest-nobody-could-win/
Can you guess the songs I used?
An imitative polyphony can best be described as when you were younger in music class and the teacher would have one side of the class start singing “row row row your boat” and then part way through the song have the other half of the class start singing from the beginning. It is basically two similar melodies sung at the same time, but at different points.
Link to Assignment: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/row-row-polyphony/
This is my version of Old MacDonald Had A Farm…
Using Audacity, trim, join end-to-end (cut/paste), and/or play side-by-side audio files in order to create your very own ringtone. Ringtones should be a maximum or 40 seconds to conserve phone memory (besides, most cell phones don’t ring longer than 30 seconds or so…the extra 10 seconds is just in case). Be creative, you might want to actually use it on your phone.
Link to Assignment: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/make-your-own-ringtones/
I used the intro to the Twilight Zone with bits and pieces of the song Day-Oh by Henry Belafonte.
You’ve heard Carl Sagan. You’ve heard Bed Intruder. You’ve even heard Gardner Campbell autotuned. Now it’s your turn. Take something not typically musical and autotune it.
Link to assignment page: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/autotune-something/
I did Rod Serling, the host of the Twilight Zone. Enjoy!