For my Soundtopia action project, our job was to mix eight or more sounds together in order to create the ambiance of a personal memory. The purpose of this was to help us learn more about timbre, and it’s affect on listeners and observers. I’m very happy with the fact that I learned how to use sound editing programs on my computer, which was quite an accomplishment for me. I learned a lot about timbre, and that it can invoke certain feelings into conversations, either positive or negative. Timbre is very powerful.
My Unit 1 assignment for my Soundtopia class was to create a soundtrack based on a personal memory. We were meant to recreate this memory using notable sounds, made by our voices and various props. I learned that as the timbre of my voice changes, the emotion I am portraying changes. I discovered how to use garage band to help the different sounds be heard at different times. I did this to help the listeners get a better idea of what they are supposed to catch. The memory I chose was one I experienced while I was on vacation in Bali.
I remembered sitting in a small restaurant on the beaches of Bali. There was light Balinese music playing in the background, while people’s silverware was clinking lightly and waves crashed on the shore. I really wanted to give the feel if this memory by creating my own sounds, similar to the ones I heard. I recreated the Balinese music using chimes and singing bowls and a piano, I recorded some waves at the lake, and I recorded different members of the family clinking their plates and silverware around to create the ambiance of a restaurant.
After I created all of my sounds, I had to mix them together and edit them. I did that using Garage band, which is a program for music making on my computer. I worked on fading in and out of different sounds, creating the affect that the listener is actually there, listening to different aspects of their surroundings. I am very proud of this project, and I hope you like it.