Sounds Of My Day

For the Sounds Of Your Day assignment I decided to record some audio of my typical workday. Hopefully the sounds make it clear about what I was doing in the clip.

Behind the Creation

I am currently a intern at Dahlgren Naval Surface Warfare Center. I commute from my home in Fredericksburg to King George and work a typical 40 hours a week. So I decided that for this assignment I would record some audio of me driving to work, walking to my office, doing work, etc. I guess it gives you guys some idea of how a typical work day sounds for me. I enjoyed making this assignment since I feel like telling a story through sound it more straight forward since you do not have to worry about making it look nice. It is like what Jad Abumrad said about you provide the listener the means of creating the image of the scenario for you.

The Process

To create this little audio story I used my iPhone 6 to record the audio clips using the Voice Memo’s

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I pressed the record button whenever I wanted to record some sounds, and as you can see the area above the time is showing me the sound and volume of the sound being picked up. I can press the red pause button to pause the recording.

 

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After pausing the recording, the button turns back to a red circle. I can tap it to continue recording audio if I would like. I decided to tap “Done” to complete and save my recording.

 

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After tapping “Done”, a pop-up menu appears asking to name the recording. I can either tap “Save” to save the recording with the name I chose or “Delete” to delete the recording and start over. I chose to tap “Save” in this case.

 

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I entered in the name I desired for this recording and then I tapped “Save” to save the recording.

 

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After I recorded all the audio clips I needed, I transferred all the audio clips to my computer. I opened Audacity and opened one of my audio files.

 

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After opening the audio file, the file shows up in the editor. Now I went on to import the other audio files into the project as well.

 

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I went to “File” and selected “Input” which opened a menu from which I selected “Audio” since I am importing an audio file.

 

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The audio file now appears underneath the main one.

 

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I then selected the audio clip by highlighting the entire sound time line. I then clicked the “Cut” button circled in red on the picture. This cuts the audio from its original place and copies it to my clipboard.

 

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I then clicked at the end of the main sound timeline since that was where I wanted to insert it. Then I clicked on the “Paste” button circled in red on the picture to paste the audio clip I just cut from below.

 

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After clicking “Paste” the audio piece shows up at the place where I had selected for it to appear. I did this same process with all the other audio clips, opening them, cutting, and then pasting them to the end of the main audio clip.

 

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After I had clipped and pasted all the audio I wanted to, I went to “File” and selected “Export Audio” to save the .wav file of the new audio clip I pieced together to my local computer.

 

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A pop-up menu appeared which prompted me for a input to name the file. After giving it the desired name I clicked “Save”

 

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I could also give the file some other attributes if I wanted to though I did not need to for this audio clip so I left it blank and clicked “Ok” which then created and saved the file for me.