Category Archives: Audio


For our last assignment this week, July and I collaborated on Who Called? (4 stars). We set up this phone call to take place before our last two assignments from this week. In this phone call, Edie is attempting to contact Isabelle in order to gain information about the process Isabelle, a famous scientist, used to isolate the poison from the Aconite flower. Isabelle realizes this and is concerned.

We chose this assignment to set up the trip Edie takes to New York to meet Isabelle and what happens after. This trip can be seen in the story map we made, as well as the short story we wrote. In order to make the call, we used sound effects from, and our voices.  We also used the Audacity program to put them together.  I wrote the script and afterward, we met up in Jepson Science Center to edit the script and record ourselves.

Here is our phone call:



For another post related to my character, I chose Autotune Something (1 1/2 stars), in which you have to pick something that is not generally musical and autotune it. I chose this post because i only had 1/2 star left to relate to my character and this was to fill that little gap. I also picked it because I wanted to hear how different things sounded when autotuned.

For this post, I was going to use the canary noise that relates to most of my character posts, but that didn’t seem to change when autotunes. This was most likely because birds have great tunes already. So, instead, I chose to use the chainsaw noise that I used in my Sound Scape post from this week.

For this project, I used garageband and opened up the chainsaw sound effect from that I had used. I then edited the sound to be at 100% auto-tuned. After that, I saved it, uploaded it to soundcloud and posted it here:


Another Audio Assignment i chose to do this week was Make it 800% slower (3 stars). I chose this because I wanted to see if a song that I slowed down would sound as good as the one that music producer Nick Pittsinger slowed down, U smile.

When I first started this assignment I was trying to use the song “Crazy Rap,” but I was having trouble getting it to sound the way that I wanted it to. So, instead, I switched to Right Now Na Na Na by Akon. I chose this song because I thought it would sound better when slowed down.

In order to make this song sound the way it does now, I imported it to Audacity. Then from there I went to the Edit  menu and clicked Select –>All. Next I clicked Effect–> Change Speed. I used the menu that popped up to slow the speed down by dragging the toggle to the left. After that edit took place, I did almost the same thing, except I clicked Change Pitch, instead of Change Speed, and I dragged that toggle to the right.

I did not slow down this song as much as Pittsinger slowed down U Smile,  but it sounds somewhat ambient. I’m not sure how Pittsinger had the patience, or the time to slow down that song, but I am going to go ahead and assume he had better audio editing software because Audacity was taking forever to change anything, and it even took over 10 minutes to save this. (Furthermore after that, it took what might have been forever to load to soundcloud). I slowed my song down by about 100% and increased the pitch to make it sound more normal and less dark and creepy. I also cut out a lot of the song in order to get it to fit onto soundcloud and also in a wordpress post. The first few times it was too large, so I had to cut it pretty short. So what you will be hearing is a slowed down section of the song from the beginning!


Try to escape

Sound Scapes (4 1/2) stars told us to use only found sounds in order to create a sound piece. I chose this assignment because it reminded me of one of the assignments we had done previously in this class, so I had a basic idea of how to start it. Another reason why I chose it was because I thought it would be a good assignment to relate to my character and possibly to use for our radio show “the MaNOIRpulators.”

In order to d this assignment, I picked a bunch of sounds to use. Some are similar to the ones I had used before, others are new but related to some of my previous posts about Edie, and others I added to tweak the previous stories for effect. All of the sounds I used can be found on I then added them all to Audacity, and moved them around into the order I wanted them and I repeated some of those sounds which I thought should continue for a longer period of time. For a few of them, I adjusted the speed or the pitch by clicking on Change Speed  or Change Pitch from the Effects menu.

This sound scape tells a story with sound. It is related to a bunch of my previous posts, but the object most obviously linking them is the chirping of a canary. It gets a little gross in the middle, just so you’re aware, anyways I hope you like it!




Can you guess this reversed song?

For 2 1/2 stars this week, I did the Reverse Audio Quiz assignment. I chose this because it looked like a fun thing to do, and because I was curious about how some songs would sound backward. While doing this assignment, I ended up messing around a lot. I recorded myself saying a whole bunch of palindromes (words that are the same backwards as they are forward: racecar, hannah, kayak) and reversing them to see if they sounded the same. My favorite palindrome I came across was “kinnikinnik.”

In order to do this assignment, I imported a song to Audacity and from the Edit menu, selected Select –> All, and then from the Effects menu I selected Reverse. This easily reversed the song for me. After this, I exported the file so that I could save it and uploaded it to soundcloud. The point of this assignment was to see who could guess the song first, and below it are 3 hints if you need them. So, can you guess it?


This is a song that I really like in reverse! Can you guess what it is?

Hint 1: It came out in 2010

Hint 2: It is by lifehouse

Hint 3: the title I gave it, is the title in reverse


Let me know your guesses!

Listening to Mirrors

Audio plays a huge role in storytelling.  It is used in film and video to portray what is going on in scenes as well as the emotion that is occurring within them. In noir, audio depicts moments of hostility, intense moments between characters, gunshots, jazz music, screams, crying, footsteps, the vernacular of the period, and more. It sets the tone and creates a mood.

Sound can do many things of the story. For example It can drive it. In some shows movies etc., the only thing you might get to experience is audio. They might leave out the visual aspect. This could be because they want you to guess what happened, or because they want you to assume that one thing happened instead of what actually happened.

Audio can impact mood by creating feelings of sadness, joy, anger, passion, and more. It can be included to sway your opinion in a argument. The crying of a child can make you feel sad or as if you need to come for that child. Audio can also create an atmosphere. It can include music that sexualizes a character, music that mystifies a character, for music that makes you feel like the characters dangerous even to you in the audience.

Audio has the ability to greatly change the direction and the meaning of a movie, TV show, or radio show. It can change a character from bad to good or good to bad. It can change a scene from one of sadness to one of joy. Audio is just as important as the visual aspects of storytelling.

In “Phone Call from Stranger, audio plays an important role because without the audio track, you wouldn’t know he was using an alias to travel (2:30-2:40)

In the movie Chinatown, which is on Netflix, Gittes wouldn’t be able to tell the story that sets him up for an awkward meeting with Mrs. Mulwray if there was no audio. This story happens around 18:00. You also wouldn’t be able to hear the worried tone in his friend who is trying to convince him to shut up! Another Instance in this movie where audio is important is in the use of the side effects of the water that is being drained from the reservoir. If it weren’t for the sound effects it would be harder to tell what is going on in the dark and it would also not seem as dangerous for Gittes when he gets flooded by it. In this example the audio provokes a feeling of panic over him being swept away by the water.



In the opening shot of touch of evil, the street music almost seems happy go lucky. It makes you think that nothing bad will be happening anytime soon and this movie could actually maybe turn into a romantic comedy aside from the bomb in the man’s car. In the No-restored version of the opening, the theme music makes the scene a million times better. The music in this version has lower tones and more ominous sounds, as if some trouble is going on behind something, and that danger and mystery will ensue. And, in fact, this is exactly what is happening with the bomb hidden in the back of the car, and I can only assume some danger and mystery will follow with finding out who did it.

In this opening shot, they also use the audio of a bomb instead of showing the beginning of an actual explosion. They’re using the audio in this manner to cover-up their inability to actually have a scene of a car blowing up with people in it. (If you want to rewatch what I mean, skip to this part of the video and check it out! it happens at about 3:25-3:30)



 In The Ambience of film noir- soundscapes, design, and mood, Hanson reiterates the idea that noir is a tone and a mood, not a genre. She states that the soundtrack of something is dependent upon the time period It is developed in. Each time period has its own set of new sounds and new music that are relevant to it. This is because as technology developed, new opportunities for the improvement of both visual and audio effects developed. Because these developed at the same time, a lot of similarities developed between the two processes. Just like iconography is an important aspect of filmography, sonography is just as important. These two aspects even parallel each other.In a moment of intensity for example, you might see quick changes of scene and fast movements of light, and as this is going on you will hear loud quick high-pitched music or sounds that accompany these visuals.

Hanson also includes a reflection on silent movies and the use of music & sounds that accompany them. She focuses on how music can be used to accompany drama.

I though the most Interesting part of this article was the idea of soundscapes. It is very interesting the way they describe the idea of soundscape and the different parts. The soundscape has a keynote, signal sounds and sound marks. The biggest part of the soundscape is the keynote which lays out a kind of background or foreground for the other sounds to be added on to in order to construct the soundscapes.

The nuances of a TV show or movie are determined both by image and sound, neither one of them is alone.  The telephone is a simple image that requires a lot of sound in order to make the scene work. A character can be on a telephone but unless you can hear the other side, you don’t know what’s going on in the conversation. Here, having that sound is a very important aspect.

Progress in the use of audio can be seen in the works that include layers, specific timing, and other organizational qualities not relate the sounds to the music and image that are screening in the project.

A large and frequent aspect of noir is the setting and mood of nightclubs and the singers within them. As Hanson states, the noir night club is a scene where glamour and crime often fuse. These clubs also include the possibility of intense moments, where one wrong move by one person could lead to arguments, brawls, and even someone getting shot. For all of these moods and opportunities, the sound engineer has to be able to create an appropriate soundscape. He has to be able to choose the right range of sounds to depict the tone that is meant to be portrayed in these scenes.

Another aspect I find particularly interesting about this article is how sound creates the idea of spacial arrangement in a movie, TV show, or radio show. You can you sound effects, music, or the voices of people in order to arrange the characters and the scene that is occurring. Hanson takes this idea further by explaining the inclusion of surround-sound in the film noir. She mentions how you can use it to hear sounds coming from different places while they are all occurring at the same time. It creates a more realistic feeling for the listener, and this more realistic feeling can increase the intensity of the mood and tone that is being set.


 in The Lux Radio Theater- Double Indemnity, audio is obviously important as it is the entire story. Because of this the writer had to be creative with the voices and the sound effects. A big aspect I noticed right in the beginning was the use of stressed voices; low, slow, ominous sort of background music that turns into intense quick sounds; as well as a key choice of words (murder, accident, mistake). All of these things came together to create the mood/tone of noir within this piece of work.

This radio show it reminded me a lot of “the post man always rings twice” because they photos include affairs as well as insurance as main points in their plots. They also both have the idea of two, a double indemnity and the post man ringing two times.

Something that I noticed on a personal aspect with this radio show was that it was hard for me for me to focus. Because it was solely in audio aspect I found my eyes, and therefore my mind wandering frequently. In order to get myself to even listen to the whole thing I had to close my eyes and lay down. The next thing I had to do was take a couple breaks. This unit a lot harder to try to do the live tweeting, because I just couldn’t focus. So I stuck to listening post haste. I know this will come back to bite me in the butt since I didn’t end up tweeting but, it’s better than not having listened at all.

Shut up Tom

For another one of my audio assignments I chose the Family table. This post included a dinner table conversation of your family in which you acted out every part. Although mine is fictional I think it is pretty accurate. It includes my sister Amanda, my two brothers- Tom and Matt, and my parents (me too).  In a manner of speaking, it also includes one of our cats too. His name is Blackjack and almost every time we eat dinner he is close by watching, waiting, or even trying to get some for himself.

In order to do this post I recorded myself talking on GarageBand. Before that I wrote out a quick couple lines- just some ideas, but it actually wasn’t as hard as I expected. I guess I do have a lot of experience of these instances!

The Traveling Serf

Another audio assignment i chose was Hear it Here. This assignment included thinking of a bunch of homophones and writing either a poem or short story that includes them. I chose it because it seemed interesting and a little difficult to write something with a Lot of homophones in it. A lot of homophones are hard to get to work together. My title phoning home is also supposed to be a play on “homophone.” In order to do this assignment I just listed a bunch of homophones on a piece of paper, and then I set to writing a poem. After that, I recorded it to sound-cloud and posted that here.


Out went the serf
to see the surf
you see
this male
did mail himself
to be
instead of watching bees
and watching dear
my dear
the surf couldn’t bear
to only be able to read
or hear
he longed to be amongst the reids
not wood
oh would you leave
the place of leaves
to see
would you rather know
or no? a new place like
the sea?

Goodbye Jimmy

I chose emotions through sound (3 stars) as one of my audio assignments because I think being able to portray emotion through only one sense can be very dramatic. Another reason I chose this assignment is because it requires the use of overlapping sounds or sound effects. I thought it would be a good challenge for me to try this, especially since I had some trouble not only finding good sounds to overlap for both my bumper and my sound effect story, but also making them sound nice when overlapped.


This track is supposed to portray an emotion. For this I chose to do sadness. Although it may seem like it’s two emotions, it is really just one. In the beginning the church bells and the woman sobbing are supposed to be sadness, and as the track goes on you hear a weird sounding voice calling out and then she screams. The woman calling out and the scream represent the memory the woman is having while she is crying in church at Jimmy’s funeral.

I chose the name Jimmy from one of the characters in the show American Horror Story who ends up disappearing for a short period of time.

In order to make this track, I used three sounds from the free-sounds webpage and I put them into GarageBand. I also recorded my own voice as the woman speaking in the memory. The sounds I found online can be seen below. After I created the sound on GarageBand, I uploaded it to iTunes and then soundcloud to post here!

church bells

woman crying

woman screaming

Bumps and Bruises

My DS 106 radio bumper! (2 1/2 stars)

For this Post I wanted to try make something that was a little bit creepy. At first I wanted to make something that was more “horror film” than the noir of the 1940s and 50s, but I decided I would try to do something that was more relevant to those times. One thing I do like about this bumper is that it can be interpreted a couple different ways. See if you can figure out why it is called “without a knock.”



In order to do this post, I used sounds both from GarageBand and a few from the free-sounds webpage that we were advised to use. Instead of downloading the sounds, I just re-recorded them onto my computer because it was easier to get them into GarageBand in this way. Also, it wouldn’t take up the space I had in my computer. I did enjoy overlapping some of the sounds for this project– It gives it a more realistic sound than when one effect would just stop and another would begin.


Sounds I used

heavy breathing

door opening


I also used a jazz clip I found on GarageBand.