Week Four Summary

The first assignment this week was to listen to Moon Graffiti and reflect on the use of sounds throughout this story. You can read my thoughts here. I loved the use of audio in this story and really was not something I had noticed played such an important role, especially in podcasts. Definitely a worthwhile listen to learn more about the importance of audio.

The next assignment was to create a radio bumper for DS106 radio, which can be found in this article. I have never done something like this, so I had to navigate through some obstacles and stumble my way through Audacity to create a product I was proud of.

We also had to reflect on a DS106 radio listening session from this week, which I wrote about here. My primary takeaway is that people pick up on different sounds within the same story and get meaning from it that others might not.

Making a sound effect story was the trickiest assignment for me this week, and you can listen to mine here. Again, it involved a lot of stumbling through Audacity until I figured out how to make it do what I wanted with the sounds I found and the story I wanted to tell. I think I told a pretty mundane story, but it was a challenge for me, which I enjoyed!

I also completed three other audio assignments which can be found here, here, and here. They all were pretty straightforward, but if it were possible to have negative experience with sound editing, that is where I would be coming into this week. I somehow managed to complete them and have a much better understanding of how to use Audacity thanks to all these exercises.

Once again, I completed three daily creates this week which can be found on Mastodon here, here, and here. I always enjoy working through these and looking at other replies to see how everyone interpreted each assignment.

I also came up with a few rough radio show ideas, which are still not fully fleshed out. I am definitely getting closer to figuring out which direction I want to go with the radio show, specifically that I want to include an AI component in the show itself.

A big lesson from this week for me is that everyone interprets assignments, sounds, and stories differently. That is what makes everyone unique and allows stories to give different meanings to different people. Knowing an audience is important in many areas of life, but that does not necessarily mean everyone will interpret something the same way, which is awesome (and scary) to think about.


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