Sound Off – part 1

Hello, everyone! I would like to share with you all my sound effects story, about a person who stops an alien invasion and saves the world from certain destruction:

The narrative opens with someone walking down a busy street, on their way to work, when a flying saucer arrives and begins attacking, causing everyone else to run away in a panic. The protagonist then pulls out a blaster and starts firing at the aliens, who themselves retreat out of fear. The civilians cheer as soon as the alien ship is gone.

I downloaded all of the sounds used in this track from freesound.org, and edited them all together in Audacity. There were a couple of sounds (such as the applause heard at the very end) that were .wav files that I had to convert to mp3, in iTunes. The three laser blasts heard towards the end are actually all the same sound effect, which I duplicated in Audacity. I ended up using a total of eight different sound effects, for this track.

I knew that I wanted to make something more interesting than just an audio narrative about some average Joe getting up in the morning and going to work, but at first I wasn’t sure what else to do; I thought about starting with someone getting up in the morning and then falling down the stairs, at the end, but I didn’t want to risk doing something that someone else might have done, so I decided on an alien invasion, instead.

For me, the hardest part about this particular project was familiarizing myself with Audacity and figuring out how to arrange all of the tracks how I wanted them; beyond that, this assignment was both fun and not too difficult, interestingly enough–even though we’re all probably more familiar with audio/visual narratives, I found creating a story with only sound effects came pretty easily, to me.

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