Category: audio

scary sounds and a haunted mansion!

So a while back I found a recording of outtakes from the haunted mansion narration from disneyland, and I jumped at the gun to use it for this assignment.

I over-downloaded and ended up with a bunch of effects I didn’t use, but I think I like having it as a simple recording rather than way too many things crammed in together. Here’s my end result of scary sounds!

I have a creepy organ playing all the way through. I varied the volume of it at times,depending on what I thought needed to be heard more. Then I threw in a creaking door, as if to welcome you into the haunted mansion. Next I have the dark welcome in, with talk of ghosts! Then there’s a faint whisper coming from somewhere in the house. And then it’s just the terrifying laughter.

Here’s a screenshot of what audacity looked like when I finished. You can probably tell I use the envelope tool a lot.

Ring, ring, hello? Is audio week over yet?

In this project I got to play around more with echo and pitch effects. It was to make a new ringtone, and here’s what I came up with.

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On the Radio – uh oh

This whole day every time I think about radio I keep getting Regina Spektor’s ‘On the Radio’ stuck in my head, hence the title.

Anyway, here’s my radio bumper. The music might seem a bit familiar cause I used the song Groom has on his blog trailer. I thought it sounded super spooky and perfect for the noir theme. Then there’s my dumb cheery voice. I tried to say it in different ways, but cheery turned out the best and ounded the least like I had a cold. And then bang! Crash! The lightning flash! (thunder at the end)

I think the biggest problem I had with this was the fear of hearing my own voice recorded. It’s a funny fear to have guess, but it’s a fear nonetheless. I got over that hurdle though after mentally preparing myself for a minute before recording. Other than that I enjoyed the assignment. It was fun to see the different directions everyone went in with the same prompt. Here’s a screenshot of my layers:

bumper screenshot

it’s a start

Here is my first audacity audio project, which I’m calling ‘armed robbery.’ It’s for the sound effects story assignment, in which we were to create a story using only sound effects. I decided to go along with my character, Cleo Barrow (a spin on Clyde of Bonnie and Clyde), on a bank robbery. To set the scene I start it off with idle chatter, then a gunshot! And people screaming and whining as┬áthe alarm bells are ringing. Then two pairs of feet running away as the bells fade away.

I didn’t catch on to audacity as easily as I thought I would, but I’m figuring it out, nonetheless. And navigating the freesounds site is proving difficult for me; maybe I’m being too picky in looking for sounds. It took up most of my time on this assignment. I had a hard time finding good screams; most were either horror-movie screams or sounded insincere. I’m still not too happy with the ones I found, but I couldn’t waste any more time looking for something I wasn’t going to find. Here’s a screenshot of my layering:

armed robbery screenshot

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