Sound Effects Story (3.5 Stars)
“Tell a story using nothing but sound effects. There can be no verbal communication, only sound effects. Use at least five different sounds that you find online. The story can be no longer than 90 seconds. “
I thought this was an exciting and challenging assignment for me to try. First I had to come up with a story that would make it clear what was happening just by using noise (probably the hardest part).
Firstly, I went to freesounds.org and downloaded each sound that I thought I would need to tell my voiceless story. I downloaded a sound of feet walking on concrete, a dog panting, street sounds (birds and driving cars), tires screeching, a ding sound for a crosswalk single changing, and lastly a sound called “thump thump.” Can you tell what has already happened by me just naming the sounds? Probably. Maybe. I am not really sure.
In the below screenshot, you are able to see all of the downloaded sound clips in Audacity ready to start telling a story.
Once I had all of the files I needed in Audacity, began using the moving tool, which is found near the record button. It allowed me to move the audio files in their proper sequence, rather than all of them playing together at once.
I did allow the feet walking, dog panting, and street noises to all play together. The rest of the clips play one after another.
Below you are able to see that there is a gap in the first clip. I was able to do that by selecting a portion from the original clip and pasting it to a few seconds away. This indicates the man pausing, waiting for the crosswalk to change so he can continue walking.
Essentially the story I was going for was this: A man casually going for a walk down down the street with his dog. He stops at the crosswalk waiting for it to change so he can walk across the street. Well it does change as indicated by the slight (dink) in the story. He begins walking but a car running the red light didn’t see him and ends up hitting him. In my version, the dog was not injured what so ever and the man was badly bruised and that’s it.
*No one was harmed in the making of this story*