Quenching Thirst

The instructions for this assignment were:

Tell a story using nothing but sound effects. There can be no verbal communication, only sound effects. Use at least five different sounds that you find online. The story can be no longer than 90 seconds.

The Story Behind the Story:

I adore kool-aid. I have grown up drinking it since I was a small kid and have developed the perfect way to make it. I shared the process of making a gallon of koolaid with this audio assignment. As this assignment could not be longer than 90 seconds, I felt that this was a perfect, quick, task that I could tell the story of! The image attached on the audio clip is the flavor I was making. I have not made kool-aid in a quite a few years, so the trip to the grocery store to buy the packets for this assignment was quite nostalgic. I really enjoyed being able to take listeners along with me through each step of the process.

Narrating the Process:

While I was very excited to do the assignment, when it came time to actually record the audio, I realized I only had one chance. Unless I intended to make multiple gallons of kool-aid, I had to make sure I had everything ready, and that the audio was recording correctly. My assignment is just under 90 seconds long, however the actual recording of all the sounds was around 6 mins. I was able to edit and put together the important sounds. Sounds such as the sugar being dumped from each scoop (2). Or other examples, the ripping of the packets, or the filling of the jug with water. I was also able to edit out the sounds I did not want included. In the middle of recording, because of the awkward position I was in in order to record, I spilled about a cup of sugar all over my recording phone, kitchen counter, and floor. While it was a nightmare to clean up, I was able to edit out the sound of the spill! I did all of my editing in audacity and exported and uploaded the audio from there on to soundcloud.

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