W.D. Minihan

Catch me in the NARRATIVE, jackin’ your MECHANISMS

Once Upon a Time

Story Time Fun Time -3.5 Stars-

This is gonna be a short one, since all of the story is on Soundcloud. I’m going to be real, I don’t have much to say about this one because its a true story. There is no elaborate chain of inspiration or references. Much of the editing was my attempt to imitate Ira Glass’s show production. The sound composition I had in mind was very simple: just tell the story and add environmental sounds when appropriate.

This is a story I have told people many times, but the biggest challenge I had was condensing into 5 minutes. I tried to hit only the important beats while not leaving out any critical info.

Ye Olde Tale.

Tutorial Time

All done with Audacity and Freesounds, EXCEPT for the drums that play around 2 minutes into the story. I lifted those from a track I put together earlier this year.

1: Record your story into Audacity.
2: Edit out any Freudian slips or excessive pauses.
3: Load up your additional sound effects/music onto 1 audio track. For me this meant I only had 2 stereo tracks, as I would only have 1 additional effect going at any given moment.
4: Use the Fade In and Fade Out effects on the ends of your sound clips so that they are too abrasive and sudden.
5: Adjust the volume of the individual sound effects using the Amplify tool. This is easier than having each sound effect on an individual track and then changing those volume dials.