Week 5 I’m Still Alive!!!

Week Five Summary.

This week we used sound in our assignments, I had fun with this weeks assignments due to all the things you can do to manipulate sounds.  I got a late jump this week in my works due to having to learn some of the techniques needed to be successful in the things I produced.  I found the resource page to be pretty useful and I loved all the options we had to use free open source sounds.  The application I have gravitated to so far has been audacity, after I few hours and a couple clips later I feel I have a slight grasp of how to use it.  The website I enjoyed using as well was Freesound as it seemed to have every sound I wanted for my products.  This week was fun because it was something new that I hadn’t messed with before, with exception of cassette tapes and my old stereo system and recording live radio segments.

Assignment: Frequency 2156

So when I did my contribution to the Frequency 2156 site, I had to record my clip multiple times, on Audacity until I could finally get a clip I was happy with.  I then downloaded a couple of background noise clips fo blend in with my audio file.  I used the website Freesound to get all of my background sounds I felt like they had a good selection to choose from.  Overall I enjoyed being creative with my audio file being able to contribute to the overall story being told.  The sound clip I create is located below.

Assignment: Choose Your Own Audio

So this week I dove in on the audio assignment bank.  I decided to do two assignments to make up my five stars needed for the assignment portions.  I ended up with 7 stars instead.  I used the programs and some of the websites that were given to us in this weeks resources to come up with the audio files that I ended up using.  As this is the first time really dealing with these types of files I was behind the power curve a bit.  But after a few tutorials and a couple Youtube videos I was able to complete the assignment Auditory Hell (2 stars)

and Humming Away   (5 stars).  I played around with the Audacity app to make these files and then I uploaded them into Soundcloud.  It took awhile but here is what I created below.

 

Assignment: Character Choice and Introduction

So I chose a hard ass for my archetype character.  He is a prior veteran with a score to settle with the zombies.  He has many skills that hopefully will come in handy within the survival group.  I used the website Canva  to create my character Carson Gordon’s Resume.

     After reading  Elaina’s  blog  I laughed pretty hard.  She states that her character is considered to be the Ron Weasley of the group.  The person who brings jokes and releases tension when shit is going down, but overall is just a sidekick. She also stated that her character she decided to create Winston Henerly is an aspiring actress from NYC who is living in L.A. I love how she painted the picture of her being an Emma Stone wannabe.

I really liked the character Alex Whitmore by Taylor Ostrom her character,  is one that would be a natural leader that we will need in order to survive. The survivors will definitely need a plan to survive long-term and it seems like Alex is up for it with her Badass ways.  With characters like Alex we shouldn’t have an issue with survival.

                                DS 106 Radio

I listened to two ds106Radio segments War of the Worlds and The Peoria Plague at  ds106radio.  The War of the Worlds kept my attention the whole time and I loved how they switched to different people/segments throughout the broadcast, their use of sounds and voices painted a picture I couldn’t actually see but I felt like I was right there.  The Peoria Plague for me was a little bit harder for me to follow possibly due to my internet going in and out or that the copy as Professor Burtis stated wasn’t as good of quality as the War of the Worlds.  The main thing I learned from The Peoria Plague is do not, I mean do not drink the “CAT WATER”.

Question of the week

How are you feeling? Be specific.

How am I feeling mhmmm. About the class or in general.  Well if we are talking about how I feel about the class I am enjoying it so far.  We have had a different genre each week, making us expand our horizons on what we are able to do.  Even though some things are easier than others, this class is giving me more tools to put into my toolbox.  If we are talking about in general.  I think I am starting to get the crud I feel that Professor Burtis passed it to me through my computer.  So specifics, I feel the mucous building up in my nose and slowly dripping down to my throat, I feel it building up in my throat needing to be released by a good cough or by spitting out a  loogie.  My eyes and throat are starting to get irritated and I’m feeling a tad bit warmer than usual, so once again I think it was transmitted through my computer.  Other than that I feel just peachie, not trying to let the crud get me down so that way I can fight these zombies head on.

My Radio Transmission From Cape Town, Africa!!!! Frequency 2156

 

As a digital story I feel this website Frequency 2156  nailed the digital story aspect.  The multiple different audio files from numerous amounts of individuals help to paint a picture of what is going on within the individuals and what is going on around them.  Each audio file from different parts of the world show a different story going on, each file is not the same and I think this is what makes this type of storytelling different than others I have listened to or seen before.  I feel the crowd sourcing audio helps bring a different aspect to this genre.  People are able to be creative and have fun with this, because they are not following any structure in their audio works.  The only thing I would do different with this story is to make the uploads of audio not take so long, other than that I wouldn’t change a thing.  The visuals are amazing, the multi layers of the website keep the viewer’s attention, and the aspect of crowd-sourcing for the audio is an awesome idea to make it more realistic.

I tried to upload my voice recording to the Frequency 2156 website but was unsuccessful in doing so.  After bring it to Professor Burtis attention she stated to go ahead and record a voice transmission.  So I used audacity to merge my sounds together that I had gotten from the Free Sound Website .  I used two different sounds in the making of my clip, bunker sounds with a constant drip in the background and bombs hitting the bunker in the distance.  I think I am somewhat getting the hang of audacity and I quite enjoyed making my transmission from Cape Town Africa, in which my transmission was meant to reach others who were survivors like me.  As you can tell from my transmission my survival may depend on if I can find other survivors or not.

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So when I did my contribution to the Frequency 2156 site, I had to record my clip multiple times.  The first few times I didn’t like the way I came across, but once I got my clip where I wanted it I played around with the settings to give it the apocalyptic feel.  Out of all things to use to record my voice for the clip, I ended up using my XBOX headphones to give my voice a little bit better quality of audio.  I did use a script of sorts that I created in Microsoft Word so that way I knew what I was going to say, so I didn’t fumble and bumble my audio clip.  Overall I enjoyed being creative with my audio file being able to contribute to the overall story being told.

My Xbox Headset worked wonders!!!!

All the Noises I deem Unnecessary!!!!

Auditory Hell

I chose this two star assignment from the audio assignment bank.  I instantly chose this assignment because off the top of my head I could think of a few really annoying sounds.

I first went https://freesound.org/ and searched for the most annoying sounds

1.  I could find the first sound I found was a woman yelling really loud, no one likes to hear yelling and I thought it would get the annoying point across.

  1. The second sound I used was nails on a chalk board, every time I listen to it, it makes the hairs on my neck raise.

  2. My grandparents had an old grandfather clock, that had a bird chirp at the top of every hour.  This is quite annoying if you are trying to take a nap or are trying to sleep through the night so I used the alarm clock bird chirping sound.

  3. Guess what the fourth sound is, a baby because the damn grandfather clock woke the baby up.

5.  I used a sound from an old computer game,  I feel like it is the sound that is made when you keep on losing your life, like you fell off the cliff because the cliff pixels were so crappy and you fell.  And now the computer game is making fun of you.

6.  Is another annoying computer background sound I figured tied in well with the others.

After finding all sounds I wanted to use I then went to Audacity Tutorials and used this to help me figure my way through the Audacity App.  Once I had all 6 sounds downloaded I was able to drag and drop the files into the App and was able to manipulate these files to intertwine with each other to make the product I have posted above.  I then uploaded the file into soundcloud and was able to take the file url and post it into my blog.

 

Carson Gordon: Character Resume

When trying to figure out my character I wanted someone who was tough  in the face of danger, and had a skill set that matched this toughness.  It took me awhile to try to figure out my characters skill set as I didn’t want my character to be unhelpful in the fight against the Zombies.  Prior to looking at the Spreadsheet of Archetypes I start creating my characters traits and then looked for the character from the spreadsheet that was closest to these traits. Carson Gordon’s character is close to that of the Veteran in that he his well versed in his experiences, successful, mild tempered when not dealing with zombies.

I decided to create Carson Gordon an all around bad-ass, not really but he has seen things you couldn’t even imagine.  Being a Veteran of the US Army he was deployed multiple times and has seen things that will keep a person up at night.  In regards to the zombies, he laughs (hahahahaha) in the face of these sole suckers.  He is not only proficient in weaponry but can save a life or two in the heat of the moment.   He is a danger seeker which may put himself or others in immediate danger unsuspectingly, this may be a trait that leads to his demise.  After his stint in the military he became a freelance contractor, building multiple structures with his small crew.

After reading Elaina Finklestein website about her character I decided to use Canva as well to create this resume, I couldn’t figure out how to save the picture without them trying to make me pay for it so I screenshot it with Skitch, shout out to Professor Burtis for turning me on to this application.

Here is Carson Gordon’s Resume below:

 

 

Radio is not Dead….It is very much still Alive!!!!!!

I would say that I listen to audio almost everyday whether it be the radio, Pandora while I work out, or talk shows on the radio.  But to that extend I have very limited knowledge of what takes places behind the scences behind the microphones.  I tend to listen to more of the early morning talk shows on my way to school one because thats really the only thing on or I get tired of hearing the same playlist played at the same times each day.

When watching the two videos by Jad Abumrad I think the thing he said about the hosts being shamans to their listeners is one of the reasons that radio transmissions have been able to last as long as they have.  The radio hosts build a circle of connections and the host is the shaman in the middle of the circle, inducing a dream state or alternate reality.  These people known as radio hosts paint a picture or connect to individuals in ways in which keeps people coming back for more.

Shaman of the Radio Waves                            painting many pictures!!

Jad Abumrad also states that radio should of died about 50 or more times already.  Radio hasn’t died it has just transformed into a different form than what it used to be.  With all  the technology, all the apps we still get a portion of the radio just in a different format.  Like I stated earlier I listen to talk radio shows in the mornings on my way to work not because I enjoy that specific station, but I like the stories that are told whether it be funny or serious.  I haven’t listened to it in years and I’m not sure if you can listen to it in this area but “Bob and Tom”  on the Bob and Tom Show are what comes to mind when Jad talks about Shamans who paint a picture for you to interpret.

When listening to the Audiolab “Detective Stories”, I gained a little better understanding of what the wavelengths meant and how it was used.  You can tell that they are going to break or taking pauses and can see when they are getting louder in their presentations.  I know we downloaded audiolab the first week but was really unsure what it was or how it worked.  The Detective Labs clip paints a good picture of substance of place and what is going on and taking breaks inbetween for station ID.  I know this is just a blurb but I look forward to diving into this website.

When looking over Audicity I was glad that they broke down the tips and techniques into a tutorial.  Being that I don’t produce radio stations on the reg, or record myself ever I was glad they put this on their for someone who has no experience in this genre. Hopefully with these handful of tips I will now be able to add more cowbell into my presentations.

I made sure to take a look at some of the free audio resources and played around with a couple of the sound clips.  I’m looking forward to using some of these clips into my assignments.  Which Ones??? There are so many to choose from I can see myself playing around with these for quite sometime.  When it comes to the radio station/radio shows I look forward to trying to point out the different tools they used at different sections.

Shut the Front Door, we Survived Week 4!!!!!

MY WEEK IN A NUTSHELL

So I first want to say I survived another week of the Apocalypse and I hope all my other survivors did as well.  I will say this week has been the toughest yet for me.  Not because the material or visual assignments were hard, but I had to think and plan a bit more on how to get the perfect shot for certain aspects of the assignments.  I also had to manage my time a lot more this week than previous three weeks to try to get these shots.  When doing the Photoblitz I didn’t want to do it on UMW campus because I felt I wouldn’t have all the tools at my disposal to complete it in the allotted 20 minute time frame.   I was able to complete this with flying colors once I arrived home.  This week took a little extra time at least for me due to the creativity factor which I tried to nail this week more than the last few weeks.

My Four Daily Creates for this week

In this daily create we had to let others know how thankful we are for them, the people I am most thankful for are my two little ones.

During this hot pocket daily create I seen that everyone had quite creative hot pocket flavors.  After viewing all the different flavors on google I decided to choose what flavor I thought would be the nastiest to taste and hence I chose toenail mhmmmm good!!!

This daily create was about bones, so I thought why not break someones bones rather than their heart.  With only having one heart and 206 bones it seems like you would have more fun in the long run with breaking so many bones of others just sayin.

In this daily create we had to find a piece of graffiti that had DS106 on it, I just so happened to walk by a fresh piece of artwork someone had just tagged on a wall, while walking in downtown Fredericksburg.

Reflections and What I Learned in week 4 

 

So this week we had to watch a couple clips/movies La Jetee and I chose The Road.  I think the toughest part about this process was finding time to watch these films in between my kids commandeering the T.V. and them watching Power Rangers and Lab Rats on Netflix.  I had to wait until they went to bed to get a full grasp on these movies/clips.  La Jetee was different for me in that it was a movie of just pictures telling a story something I’m not used to. I figured the main character was going to survive but nope he didn’t which made me mad because I actually thought he would.  The Road surprisingly was a good movie about a father and a son, who have to fight off cannibals and others who were trying to stay alive as they were.

I ended up doing three Visual assignments to get my required 6 stars.  I choose Places Of Peace, my favorite photo and Before and After The End.   I quite the visual assignment2109 Places of Peace I decided to use zombie themed pictures to set up the background of what my new found friends and I like to do to be peaceful when we weren’t doing zombie things.

In the visual assignment “favorite photo” I chose a photo of myself and my family.  It was my favorite photo due to it being the first actual family photos we had gotten since my son was born.  These pictures were long over due and I just like the story it tells about my two kids.  One being the camera hog and the other being mad about her brother taking the last piece of candy.

The last Visual Assignment I chose was the Before and after the Apocalypse I originally made the juxtapose picture in word which took me longer than I wanted it to.  After talking to our teacher she pointed me to use the website she provided which actually made this juxtapose assignment go quite quickly. The top picture here is the picture I created in Microsoft word, while bottom is one created through the knightlab.

 

I made sure to comment on Cypherpunk106’s blog as I was quite impressed with their use of juxtapose on the Monticello building located on UMW campus.  They did a really good job of making the picture look eerie and apocalyptic. I also commented on Samara’s post as I was intrigued on how they interpreted the clip La Jetee and the movie The Road.  Their interpretation of The Road drove me to watch the movie one that I had never watched before.  I’m glad I read their post because this movie was definitely a good watch.

Tips

Tips I learned this week to become a better picture taker, are using contrast, using better perspective and use depth in taking photos.  I have done these kinda in my pictures but maybe not to the level I would like for my picture to pop.  I tried to use some of these tips and tricks in my pictures this week for this week’s photoblitz, but my techniques are still a big work in progress.  My photoblitz pictures can be seen at     https://www.instagram.com/p/Be86DJqjwXp/?taken-by=joshuajenkins4100

 

Question of the week

Do you think an animated GIF can be considered a story? Why or why not? It would be great to include some examples to illustrate your thoughts.

I think a single GIF can be considered a story if presented right and in the right context.  But I think to better tell a story we should use multiple GIF’s to paint a picture to tell  that story.   GIF’s are very short fractions of photos or films.  So if you know the context of the photo or movie the GIF will make sense to the individual viewing the GIF.  Below I told a story of how the end is near and that you should save yourself and the bottom is me taking off trying to save myself.

This concludes my week four, I just hope I can survive week 5!!!!!

 

The Road And La Jetee TWO totally different Movies!!!!!!

La Jetee

My first thought of La Jetee after the first couple of minutes was that I had seen a movie like this before.  A movie where people have their dreams manipulated.  The movie I instantly thought of was the movie Inception with Leonardo DiCaprio.  But this is besides the point.  Throughout the early parts of the clip I seen that a war had taken place and I thought the individuals in the cots were orginally sick and or prisoners of war.  But to my amazement they were being used as test subjects by the frankensteinish  scientists who all looked the part with their freaky glasses. The subjects in the earlier part had gone mad or died due to extreme measures of the experiments being inflicted onto them.  I was really confused on what the scientists wanted the participant to find through his dreams.  We know through the film that he goes into his past meeting up with a familiar face of a woman, he maybe once knew.  I was really hoping that he would stay in this dream state and that they would live happily ever after.  But this was not the case, they kept waking him from his dreams and then would increase the dosage of medicine to make his dreams more vivid.  I feel that the museum was a set up for his future death.   I chose this picture because it was the moment I thought the man was going to escape through his dream state but instead he dies which frustrated me because he never made it to the woman who he wanted to get to the whole time.

I was really amazed  toward the end of how the producer of the clip showed movement with quick action shots, showing the man running toward the woman.  I feel the clip did a good job throughout the man’s dreams of showing the couple moving throughout the city, with out any actual movements just different still shots.  I didn’t know what to think when they film went silent was confused on what was going on at these moments, but I feel the producer of this clip over all did a good job of showing a movie with only pictures.

 

I ended up watching the movie The Road because it was a movie I hadn’t watched before and one I didn’t have to pay for.   When watching the movie I noticed that they did a lot of close ups of the characters but also showed depth of what was going on in the backgrounds, such as trees falling or the fires burning.  The movie skips back and forth between the Father and his son and the man and his wife.  In these shots of the man and his wife and then with their child it looks like the destruction had already started to take place due to their prepping of cans and other supplies.   In this movie every man is out for themselves.  Individuals are starving and will do whatever it takes to survive stealing, pilaging, and even cannibalism. The movie shows that humanity is lost. These things in the movie are considered to be normal now, if they plan on surviving. While watching this movie I couldn’t imagine trying to survive these times with my family of four.  I seen where families had taken the easy way out, rather than being killed by others it would suck for it to come to that.

I chose this GIF from the movie because it is at this point in a fathers eyes he must do everything in his power to protect his children.  The father is looking down the barrel of his gun at the person that wants to try and take his child.  In this scene the kid gets snatched up and the father instinctively shoots the man trying to take his son, which would of ate him like a snack.

I feel that this movie was pretty good based on the circumstances at hand.  I feel like we take for granted what we currently have and the lives we live that this could possibly be us in these circumstances. Towards the end we see that humanity isn’t completely lost on people that a complete stranger took in the kid. Overall a good movie definitely glad I watched it.

Hanging out with others like me, puts me at peace!!!!

So I chose this two star assignment because I wanted to show the environments and people who put me at peace.  Now that I have this big craving for flesh and blood it seems that these people are the only ones that want to hang out with me, without trying to shoot me.   So the pictures from left to right top to bottom are all things during the apocalypse that put me at peace others like me.  I like to go drinking with my other zombie friends after a long day of chasing the unaffected, it really takes a toll on the knees and hanging with them puts me at peace.  When I’m not chasing the humans this is by far my favorite seat to sit in and relax, really puts me in the mindset of what life is all about now.  My family got infected as well so the babies are kept in this cage due to being to slow to catch the humans at this point in their little lives.  The top right picture speaks for itself, who doesn’t like to go boating my friends I surely do.  We use boats to sneak to new locations looking for new humans to attack.  Last but not least who doesn’t like watching a good horror film with your favorit person, whats ironic is the movies we watch are about us.  So hanging out with my new group of infected friends, my chair, my sweet zombie babies, boating and watching movies all put me at peace.

My Family makes for my favorite photo.

Assignment: Storytelling with Photos

I chose this 2 star visual assignment to share my favorite photo. The photo below is by far my favorite photo.  This is a photo of myself and my family.  My son at the front of the picture is quite the little ham and a camera hog if you can’t tell.  My daughter is upset because my son had the last piece of candy.  The candy was used to try and keep them interested in taking the family photos.  Are we bad parents for using bribes to get our kids to stay focused?? I think not you try to wrangle a 2 year old and 5 year old and let me know how that goes.  This was the first time since my son was born that we were able to get family pictures.  So it was good to finally capture our family as we all know kids grow to fast.  So out of all the pictures we have in our house, this one is my most cherished, favorite photo.