As I’ve mentioned in previous posts my grandparents got 12 baby chicks this year. I decided to photoshop a picture of one of them into a little demon chick. Little did I know this was just a preview of what was left to come. I would go out every day and see the chickens. Feed them, play with them, help clean out their pins. Then I started to realize something was off. One of the chickens started to act different from the rest. She would always be away from the other chickens, would sit on the bottom perch by herself in the chicken coop (that usually means they are lower on the totem pole than the other chickens). As I noticing all of this I decided to start recording what the chickens would in a day to better understand them and more specially the demon chick. In the video it shows the regular day of demon chick and the other chickens. Demon chick mostly hangs out by herself and is only ever interested in being with the other chickens when there is food involved and sometimes even fights with the others for food.
This behavior continued to happen. The chickens formed little clicks and demon chick continued to be excluded until one day, one of the chickens died. I had went outside to look at it and it was perfectly fine but then a few hours later it just wasn’t. My family assumed it was just a freak accident. Little did we know, more was to come.
Weeks passed when one day we went out to the pasture to find all of the chickens had mysteriously been killed. But instead of it being all 11 chickens, it was just 10. Demon Chick had escaped. We called the police since we thought it might be our neighbors since they have trespassed and tried to steal from us before.
Months passed and other farms and flocks had the same things happened to them. The epidemic spread across the county, then the state, and soon it was happening all over the United States. Some strange virus had been started in the Demon Chick. It was regarded as worse than the avian flu and was called “mad chick” disease. It was discovered to be a strange form of rabies that made chickens isolate themselves and partake in strange behaviors which would gradually become worse over months until they would start to kill their fellow chickens. Many news outlets covered this strange illness, including a cover story done by Newsweek. It was crazy to think such a strange thing could start in my very own back yard.
For my next audio assignment I decided on “Sound Effects Story” which is worth 3 and 1/2 stars. To start off this assignment I needed to figure out what I wanted my audio to portray and what I thought I could create well. While thinking of options I remembered how I had just bought my first car this week on Memorial Day (a 2016 Toyota Corolla S Special Edition). This made me think of how important car safety is. While distracted driving has been around since the creation of the motor vehicle it has become even more pronounced since the creation of the cell phone. I can’t begin to explain how many times I have seen a family member or friend text while driving. Every time I make it known that it isn’t appropriate to be on your phone while driving but it never sticks. So for my audio assignment I decided to tell a story of someone driving and playing on their phone then crashing to show how bad phone use is while in the driver’s seat.
To start off I decided to use iMovie on my MacBook Air as my audio tool. I have used iMovie multiple times in the past to create videos for school and I am familiar with the program. I also like how there are hundreds of audio options so I have a great selection to choose from. I open iMovie and then click “Create New” then “Movie”.
My next step is to click on audio which is the second option at the top of the screen.
After this I just scrolled through the sound clips until I found what I wanted. There is also the option to use the search box and find audio that way if you know what you are looking for. To add the audio to the actual video just click on the one you want and drag it down to the strip at the bottom of the screen. To adjust the length of the clips you can click each sound clip then right click and select “split clip” then right click the piece you don’t want and press “delete”. You can also adjust where you want each clip by clicking and dragging them.
To export the video I just selected “file” -> “share” -> then select the format you want to use. For this assignment I selected “file” then only exported the audio and made it a mp3 file. I then selected where I wanted to save it and I was done.
So here is my completed audio storytelling. I think it portrays what I wanted it to pretty well. The only problem I have is I wish it would have been a little longer but some of the sounds I wanted weren’t on iMovie and I didn’t want to add filler sounds just to make it longer.
For my first audio assignment I decided to tackle “Create a ds106 radio bumper” which is worth 4 stars. This assignment is probably my hardest one to accomplish this week. I don’t really listen to the radio (thank based god for bluetooth and my iTunes library) so I’m not very familiar with radio clips currently. Also as I did some test recordings for this assignment I found that my voice sounds very annoying, but at least everyone thinks that…right? Regardless, I needed to power through. I was having difficulties trying to find a place to record the audio without background noise since everybody was awake doing stuff so I ended up having to do the recording in the bathroom. For the actual phrase I decided “Welcome to DS106 radio, sponsored by Sour Patch Kids. This is Morgan Moncrief as your host, keep on listening.” I chose this after reading multiple articles about what radio bumpers are and since they’re only suppose to be small snippets I thought just saying the name of the radio station, who sponsors us, and my name would be good enough. Sour Patch Kids doesn’t really have much meaning, I was just eating some at the time.
To start off my radio bumper I decided to use the Voice Memos app on my iPhone. This app allows you to record yourself and upload the recordings. I used this one since it was the most readily available.
To begin the actual recording I just pressed the red circle. To stop recording just press the red button again then click “done”. It allows you to save the recording and name it. After the recording is saved click the box with an arrow coming out of it and this allows you to export the file to wherever you want. Personally, I exported it to my email so then I could download it to my computer and upload to SoundCloud from there.
Overall, I’m happy with what I did. I didn’t want to sound too upbeat in the recording but it may have turned out a little dull sounding. Maybe next time I would also add what kind of radio station it is but I didn’t think of that until after the fact.