I created this draft of my audio story using Adobe Audition software, a digital camera, and Soundcloud. In keeping with my blog theme of family, I interviewed several members of my ‘ohana. They include my oldest son, daughter, grandchildren, stepchildren, cousins, in-laws, friends, etc. I recorded their responses to the question, “What is family?”
I left out some of the interviews in my audio story because some kids are too difficult to understand, and others pretty much repeat the answers of others. (As a side note, it felt very good to hear them define family in the same way.)
I went through several editing sessions with each interview. The first time I cut out all the uhms, ahs, and long pauses. After I decided what wanted to say in my story, I went through the interviews and cut out the responses I wanted to include. For example, my daughter’s original response was over one minute. Instead of using the entire recording, I cut out various sections that fit my narrative. I taped myself for the narrative in separate recordings to make it easier to “splice” everyone together.
Once I decided to add ambient music, I went to the link provided by our instructor (http://creativecommons.org/music-communities). I found the music I wanted to use at http://www.jamendo.com/en/artist/432520/quietly-concerned. I used the tools we learned in our tutorial to lower the sound of the music and to fade it at the end. During the responses by family members, you can hear others in the background. This is intentional as ‘ohana is never alone.
When I was done with the AA session, I exported the file so I could upload my audio story to Soundcloud and post it to my blog. I am looking forward to helpful feedback from my fellow classmates as they always share great ideas on how to improve my project.
Here is the URL in case it does not play.
The ambient music is from a track called “The End” by an artist who goes by the name Quietly Concerned. (http://www.jamendo.com/en/artist/432520/quietly-concerned)
He shares his music under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. (http://www.quietlyconcerned.com/license/)