Wow! Really. I mean it. That is the first word to pop into my head in response to this project. I think it was a success. I randomly picked three audio profiles created by three classmates in my Online Journalism course. Then I rearranged myself, along with Gaius Baltar, my right-hand little kitty man and a handful of Reeses Peanut Butter Cups into the office and we listened to everyone’s edited audio profiles on the BIG stereo. My classmates’ voices were booming in and around me from all directions, thanks to the Dolby Surround Sound System. To be honest, it kind of scared me at first. But, of course, I adjusted the sound and was able to really sit back, listen and enjoy. I think that has been the biggest surprise of this project, this class and my overall experiences so far with multimedia journalism, is that it is so much fun! I really enjoy learning something new every day and just jumping right into it.
After reviewing other audio profiles, I felt like I judged myself and my own audio profile more harshly. I am still wondering if I should have edited out more stammering or sighs. That may be one element that I try to pursue differently next time around. I do think I could have used longer pauses in my profile perhaps at times. It flowed pretty well, but the “right” amount of silence between statements really can make a profound difference. In my edited interview with Zak Bolender, I am pleased with the way I arranged his statements. I really wanted the edited track to include both the clear introduction of my interviewee and his topic, in addition to a clincher to wrap things up. This way, the audience would know the who, what, why, where, and when without having to actually read my blog.
Zachary’s 2:15 edited track of Cameron Kazmierski’s love of soccer was really interesting. I think the sound quality was really clear and I only heard one “bump” of the recorder. Zach was missing the identification portion of the interview, though, and I had to read his blog do discover who was speaking. However, I enjoyed his blog and really connected with the pure horror of hearing your own voice. I was so happy to cut my silly voice out of the track. Also, the transitions were done pretty well. Pauses were short, yet not too short. One suggestion for Zach that I have, would be to be sure to proofread your blog before posting. That way you can be sure to delete any HTML code that may be visible. It just takes away from look of your blog. Cool theme.
Cameron’s 2:14 interview with Hanz Olson was impressive. I think the recitation of the poem really added something personal to the story. Hanz’s voice bellowed and became “stronger” as he read his poetry. Good identification of the subject in the beginning. The sound seems a little muffled at times and I wonder if that could be adjusted by having the recorder closer. Hanz’s voice gets quiet as he speaks (I can totally picture him), and it tends to trail off at times. That adds personality. In addition, Cameron, the “I am terrified of Spoons!” comment on your blog is hilarious.
Audrey’s 2:00 track of Egla Negussie was my favorite. I really enjoyed listening to Egla speak. She speaks so eloquently and it was fascinating to hear her thoughts. I think the sound quality was clear and free of ambient noise. The editing cuts were smooth and subtle; great transitions! I can’t believe she managed to cut it to 2:00, I would have such a hard time deciphering what to cut and what to keep. I like how Egla introduced herself and clearly stated who she was and what she wanted to talk about. Overall, I think both Audrey and Egla did a great job on this project. I would be interested to hear more about Ethiopia and the cultural differences. I love how she already hates the wind.
Audio profiles are really great ways to tell stories. I think this project is now my new favorite. I can’t wait to move on to sound slides.