Weekly Assignments

I’m Home!


The Sound Effects Story is a required audio assignment for week 5 of #ds106. Summary: 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.

Behind the Work

This audio assignment is the first one I completed for the week; it is also the first time I used Audacity. To better understand the software and how to best use it I googled, “how to use audacity on mac.” Creative, I know. I found the following Youtube video:

After I felt comfortable with the software, I tried to brainstorm stories to make. One of my favorite things is coming home after a long day. My cat, Nara, is always waiting for me at the door and always meows at me without fail. It’s almost as if she is saying, “Hi Mom!” I decided to make my story about this. To take it a step further I decided to include my favorite weather: thunderstorms!

During the Work

I had so much fun doing this! I used Freesound for all my sound effects. In total I used eight sounds: rain, loud thunder, muffled thunder, footsteps running, car door opening and closing, wooden door opening and closing, keys jingling, and a cat meowing. Not all of the audios were as I wanted them upon download. I had to cut and paste parts of each sound and then move them in order. In order to make sure that the sound effects flowed together I used various effects (fade in, fade out, amplify, and noise reduction) to fit them together. Overall, I think from listening to the audio the story I wanted to portray is identifiable.

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