For this assignment, I used this Robot Voice Generator to read my spam comments from my blog. I thought it would be interesting to use a robot voice instead of my own voice or a different generator to read spam comments, since spam comments are usually automatically generated by “robots” and usually sound pretty nonsensical. I pasted four spam comments together in the generator and put some spacing between them in Audacity.
This is the second radio bumper I have made for ds106 radio. With my experience from making the first bumper, I was able to edit the tracks more in Audacity and to add more layers to the bumper than before. I found a free use music track on FreeSounds and a free audio track from an online speech-to-text reader. I liked the speaking track because it sounded like a ghost but more robotic. The music is eerie and definitely matches the tone I was going for. I also added a fade in and a fade out to the music track. Even though I liked my first bumper, I think I like this one even better.
This is the bumper I made for DS106 Radio. I actually lost my voice recently due to a cold, so coming up with a way to record this was challenging. I was originally going to try to find different audio files of people saying each word (“you’re,” “listening,” “to,”…), but using a robot voice generator was a lot easier. Using freesounds.org, I put in a robot feedback type of sound at the beginning.
Who doesn’t love making playlists/mixtapes? I might have went a little overboard with 29 tracks, but let’s just say it’s Volume 1 and Volume 2. Almost all of these are early 2000s music from when I was a kid. It’s basically of a mixture between pop, R&B, boyband music, and country. A song or two are even kind of pop-metal covers. While this wasn’t too technically difficult of an assignment, choosing the right theme and songs was its own challenge. Making playlists and putting them on Myspace or a CD was something a lot of people loved doing when these songs came out, so I thought it worked perfectly.
For the sound effects story assignment, I used Audacity to create a short story using horror sound effects. Finding the sounds didn’t take too long, but layering them and timing them correctly was the hardest part. I chose the sound of rain, a door creaking, a door closing, a creaky house with echoes, ghostly whispers, a horror-movie type of music box track, a woman screaming, a gunshot, a baby crying, and the sound of an evil laugh. I knew I wanted to use these sounds, but at first I wasn’t sure how to organize them into a story. Basically, the way I wanted to tell it was the sound of someone walking into a haunted house where a murder had occurred. In a way, that was one part of the story, and the other “story,” the story of the murder that was being retold by the ghosts, was the sounds of the scream, the gunshot, the music box, the baby crying, the whispers, and the evil laughing. I used effects in Audacity like amplify, echo, change pitch, and reverb to make the sounds fit together better and not seem out of place.