Halfway Through the Week, Halfway Through the Semester

Hello, everyone! We are officially halfway through this semester!

So far, I’ve completed the daily creates for Tuesday and Wednesday:

Tuesday’s daily create was to create a wish list for a specific historical figure, and I chose to compose one for William Shakespeare. At first, I wanted to create a wish list for the Greek goddess Persephone, but then I realized that the prompt most likely referred to real historical figures; I also tried to make my wish list with Autodesk Sketchbook, and, while it did work well enough, I felt that it would be better to create a wish list filled with specific items, as opposed to “a poetry book,” “an inkwell,” etc. I used the screen capture software I recently downloaded to take a picture of the list, and then cropped it a bit.

Then I completed today’s daily create prompt, which was to create a mind map of things that are important to you; like I said in my tweet, I just mapped out the things that I like, in general. The list shown is pretty non-exhaustive, and pretty much just consists my favorite things that I could immediately think of, off the top of my head. Like with the wish list, I took a screenshot of the map and then cropped it.

An Intro to Audio Storytelling

This week, we’re focusing on storytelling without any visual aids, and only with audio (voices, sound effects, etc). I went over the audio resources page, watched the two videos by Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad, and then listened to the episode of The Truth podcast, “Moon Graffiti;” I discussed all of the above in my previous two posts.

Audio is pretty much storytelling in its most basic form: no pictures, no writing (except maybe a script), only the sounds of the narrator’s voice and ambient background noise and underscore. These elements together can create something just as evocative and immersive as a written story, if not more so, since the only thing missing from an audio story is a picture, which the listener can create themselves, in their mind’s eye. Additionally, the inflection of the speaker’s voice can help generate certain emotions, such as fear or intrigue–reading text on a page can certainly have that kind of affect, too, but the emotions generated by listening to an audio story can be stronger, due to how the speaker reads and recites their lines.

I mentioned before that I do actually have a bit of experience recording audio, though mostly for other classes. However, back when my older sister and I were kids, we used to record our voices with our family’s shared computer while reading various comics I had written and drawn, which I would then upload to the old blog I used to run (and which I never want to look at again). Those little recordings don’t really count as audio storytelling since they involved actual pictures and there was no other background noise or music to add extra atmosphere to accompany our voices, but at least I figure I’m not going into recording audio completely blind, even if my experience with it is extremely basic. Like I mentioned in my previous post, I do have a bit of experience editing audio for video, but that’s really about it.

I am both excited and a little nervous about creating an audio-only story, since I’m far more experienced with telling stories through written-words and pictures. I like the aspect of learning how to tell a story in a way that’s new to me, and how to execute that story with additional sounds and music, but I also worry about how I’ll be able to pull it off effectively, even with all the resources and tutorials at my disposal. But that’s pretty much true of trying anything new, right? In any case, I feel more excited than nervous, since, again, I do have plenty of resources to turn to, if I ever get stuck–both the ones recommended on Canvas, and the resources I find on my own, such as the episodes of Rik Mayall’s Bedside Stories, which I referenced in the previous post. I look forward to figuring it out.

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