Audio1:End of the Reign of Man

OK – this was a fun project

Sound Effects Story – Author: Jim Groom – Description: 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.

So the process was this – went to and saw a clip for “morning in the Forest” and I loved that image, so I started there and then thought, well, what kind of story could go on from there? I heard Gregorian chant.. so I thought, OK, we’re in a monastery… peaceful beginning to the day… tolling bell, calling monks to prayer..a thunderstorm arrives – thunder/lightening – suddenly an alarm sounds… fire trucks, the sound of fire which slowly dies out, returns the forest to the peaceful sound of the birds…

We plan… but then it takes on a life of its own

So… when I imported the audio – it came in all at the same time and the effect was pretty startling – but serendipitous too… I liked it – chaos at the beginning all the sounds at once – slowly dying off, leaving the tolling bells, then just the sound of the birds… and I thought… I like it – signifying the chaos of humanity…and how it might be without all of our mischief-making…

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5 thoughts on “Audio1:End of the Reign of Man

    • Hey Ben,
      Thanks a bunch for commenting – I think it is cool in SoundCLoud how you could post your comment at the exact spot where you thought of it – cool – I couldn’t figure out how to do it – although I listened to yours and i had to laugh – at the moment you said shhhhhh, I was wanting to do the same – neat thing about this – creating shared experiences…

      • Soundcloud is amazing! It would be a great tool for teachers or individuals publishing important audio content to allow for students or co-workers to leave comments in context.

        Adding the comments took me a little bit to figure out as well; you have to listen to the sound on the actual website, and then click in the bottom blue bar of the sound clip at the point where you want your comment to go. As long as you’re logged in it should let you leave the comment šŸ™‚

      • Thanks, Ben!! Also, somewhere – and that has been my greatest challenge – is finding my way back to something!! – but on one of your posts/blogs/assignments, you were talking about how difficult it has been to describe this course to others – LOL! I was thinking the same thing – how could you capture it? It is a wild ride – and something that it would be neat to try to replicate, but I fear this is a bit like a lightening strike – I’m glad I was standing under this crazy tree (against all good advice) when it hit!

  1. LOL, a lightening strike is EXACTLY what ds106 is! Keeping hugging that tree and we’ll ride this thing out together šŸ™‚

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