Week 3 Summary

This is probably something that will be mentioned repeatedly throughout my posts this week but hey, here we go. I have permanent hearing loss and my brother is an audio engineer.

Allow me to rephrase that; I am partially deaf and my brother records and edits music for a living. God has a sick sense of humor sometimes. If anyone wants to fact-check me on either of those things, I made a tweet on accessibility awareness day about my hearing loss, and I have mentioned my brother a few times in posts, like when I was getting my SoundCloud set up. So, with both of those things in mind, I was very nervous to start this week. When I watched the video module for this week and Professor Polack mentioned that “this is usually when people start disliking digital story telling” I thought “oh, awesome, and most people are not partially deaf, so this will be extra fun.”

I actually had a lot easier time with this week than I thought I would! And I had a lot of fun. Since this is something my brother does for a living (and we are very close) I enjoyed telling him about what I learned this week and showing him some of my completed assignments. He actually pushed me to do the one for five stars!

I learned quite a bit this week. I thought that the Foley sound technique was really cool and I enjoyed watching the video with the professional foley artists. This may be niche, but as I am someone with damaged hearing, seeing how the sound is produced and simultaneously seeing how it was used in the video was really really neat.

I also liked learning about the Wilhem Scream. My brother used to be an avid Star Wars fan, so I did recognize the scream from those movies.

I had the most fun (and the most challenges) with the Story Time assignment. It was not super difficult, but there were a lot of steps for me to figure out (like converting an mp3 file to a wav file). But, once I got the hang of things I had fun adding sound effects to my story, and it made using Audacity for my other assignments that much easier.

An overview of my third week in digital storytelling:

Ira Glass and Jad Abumrad Summary

TED Radio Hour and ScottLo Summary

“Moon Graffiti” Summary

Audio Assignments

  1. Story Time (3.5 Stars)
  2. 80’s Product Radio Commercial (5 stars)
  3. Create A Place (4 Stars)

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