Audio Work : DAW 1

I have an audio class that I’m taking and our first project is to create a story using only sound effects. So I’ve created the following:

I’ve loaded it here to get opinions. Do you think it tells a story? What do you like about it? What do you not like about it? Any suggestions would help out. I’ll close the discussion part of the page when I turn in the project, so if you can still post, there’s still time.

1 Comment to "Audio Work : DAW 1"

  1. Joe Chan's Gravatar Joe Chan
    February 5, 2012 - 11:00 AM | Permalink

    Well, I have to say that I didn’t envision the story that you told me about for this clip. I actually saw a couple of different interpretations of the story. Overall, I think this is a good framework and sets key elements to a story, but still has blanks to be filled in. To take an example from animation, you have the key frames in place. Now it’s time to do the in-betweening.

    There’s the bullfrog — that’s what I picture for the larger frog — hopping around. It’s hard to tell that it’s specifically going in circles unless you know what you’re looking for. Then you hear the crackling of the tree falling and the crash, and then there is some silence. Did it get killed? Scared off?

    Then there’s the sounds of all the little frogs. Well, in your mind, you can now start to fill in some of the backstory. Oh, so all the little ones were in hiding or something earlier. Was the bullfrog a bully chasing them away? Or maybe it was the frog hero, who knew the tree was coming down and kept everyone away? So are the little frogs coming out to celebrate the bully being dispatched, or are they mourning his loss?

    The trouble I’m having with it is that the theme of the story really isn’t clear. Why was the big frog hopping around? Where did all the little frogs come from? There’s no obvious answer and there’s too much room for different interpretations.

    Now I tried to picture the scenario that you’d painted, that the big frog exploded into a bunch of smaller frogs, but I think that this concept is too abstract to properly convey in audio . I could tell that the big frog’s last croak was in the right channel, and that all the little frogs popped out of that same channel, but I knew what I was looking for. Coming into this uninformed, there is no way that I could have caught that and I don’t think I would have ever come to the conclusion that the big one split into smaller ones. Keep the story simpler and more straightforward, and I think you’ll have an easier time conveying it in sound.

    My current suggestions are a little more on the technical side, rather than creative:

    1) The tree falling should be a big deal that’s disruptive to nature. Everything should go quiet when it falls. The noise would chase them away or scare them into silence. They don’t want to be eaten by whatever caused that crash!
    2) Also, the scope of the tree falling should be much greater than that of the frog. I’d raise the volume of the crash to be significantly louder than that of the bullfrog’s croak.

    That’s all I have for now. I hope that it helps you.