Can You Feel It!?

After experimenting with the FreeSound website during audio week, I could not wait to get back at it! I found so many cool sounds when completing the assignments that just did not fit with what I was doing. I took advantage of them this week, however, with the “Emotions Through Sound” assignment. The prompt states:

Try to convey a certain emotion, such as fear, stress, sadness, etc. by combing sound effects. They can be human sounds, such as crying with laughter in the background, to maybe express someone’s fears or being embarrassed, or you can get really artsy and try to convey an emotion by sound effects– like loud noises to show intensity, thunder to show fear, or quick, chirpy noises to show happiness. Edit at least 4 sounds together to show an emotion, upload it to soundcloud and then tag it with the appropriate tags.

This assignment is worth 3 points.

The most difficult portion of this assignment was deciding which emotion to convey. I thought about going with fear, but I felt like it was a bit too easy, given that we had heard so many examples of that one through ds106 radio and other mediums. I began with “excited”, but I was unable to find the sounds effects to convey this emotion in the way I desired. I finalized my choice with the decision to portray “sadness”. I began the process with a search for violin music on the FreeSound website, because most people tend to associate sadness with the sound of this instrument when played slowly. I found the perfect track and laid it down twice in Audacity for the purpose of overall length. My next task was finding three more sounds to edit in with this background music. The first thing that came to mind was the sound of crying. Crying is the sole action that conveys sadness in any form. The three variations that I chose were a woman, a dog (more like howling), and a baby crying. I imported them into Audacity and used the time shift tool to put them one after another in the midst of the violin music. Just listening to it once made me a little depressed. I hope it makes you depressed, too (that did not come off very nice, but I really want my emotion to be conveyed through these sounds :) )!