Hello, everyone! I made a recording of myself performing a tongue twister as fast as I could, and set it to some music:
The tongue twister in question goes, “Send toast to ten tense, stout saints’ ten tall tents.” The background music is a track I found on the Free Music Archive, “Glouglou,” by Komiku. I found the image of the tent from Pixabay.
I looked for tongue twisters on tongue-twister.net. I thought about trying “I saw Susie sitting in a shoe shine shop…” and “How can a clam cram in a clean cream can,” but in the end I decided to do “Send toast…” simply because I liked how it sounded the best, and I didn’t want to do anything I was too familiar with, like “Peter Piper.”
I recorded myself using the voice recorder app already installed in my computer, with the aid of a small microphone I could plug into my computer. I honestly lost track of how many times I recorded myself trying to say the tongue twister, but it must’ve taken at least 15 tries before I got it a take that was satisfactory. I edited both the vocal track and the background music in Audacity.
I did find it a bit challenging to figure out how to mix the music track with the vocal track–the background track was pretty loud, so I had to reduce the gain on that and bring up the gain on the vocals, but I don’t think it’s quite perfect. I also tried to cut the background track at just the right time, which was also a bit challenging, but I did manage to figure that out eventually (after a lot of cutting tiny increments of the track).
I found actually saying the tongue twister to be a challenge, too, and I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t be able to say it fast enough without stumbling over my words, which is something I occasionally do, even when talking at a normal speed! I know that, out of the at least 15 takes of my trying to say the tongue twister, I had to stop part-way through and trash the take because I mixed up words and sounds, which was frustrating. Luckily, though, I was able to say it without messing up most of the time; it was just a matter of the recording sometimes not picking up the first second of audio, or me not saying it fast enough to satisfy me.
Hopefully, this assignment and the alternate history audio narrative will help me with speaking better and more clearly, since that’s always been something I’ve been self-conscious about. We’ll just have to wait and see.