Blog Post #8: SoundSlides and the UW Shotgun team

For this assignment my partner, Scottie Melton, and I wanted to profile some of the freshman recruits that are competing with the UW Shotgun team for the first time. We thought that the project would be pretty fun and unique because not a lot of people on campus or in Laramie are aware of the team and what it does. All good stories have that sort of interesting factor, so that is what we aimed for.

Working with Scottie was pretty awesome. I felt we complemented each other well because he is a talented photographer and I have a lot of experience conducting interviews and gathering audio information. Though I can gather the audio with ease, I am not too savvy with Audacity, but Scottie handled that well. I actually learned a lot from watching him work with editing the audio, enough so that I feel confident that I could handle editing audio on my own.

Since Scottie did almost the entirety of the sound editing, I did the SoundSlides portion of the assignment. I thought that it was pretty straightforward actually. The navigation was very simplistic and the instructions that were in the assignment helped out as well.

The only struggle I had was getting the speakers name to appear on top of the photo when the speaking voice changed. I kept getting one to appear, but the rest would disappear. But I figured it out after playing around with it for about 10 minutes, so it was a minor hiccup in an otherwise pleasant technological experience. And I am always glad to have technology be easy on me.

If I could change anything, it would be to make the ambient noise a bit more dynamic during the actual audio. I really liked what we had at the beginning and end for fade ins and outs, but it would have been cool to have those sorts of effects between speakers. But we wanted something that was clean and easy to understand, so we did not want to hurt clarity by adding too much to it.

**Note: The end cut without the fade out of “You Shook Me All Night Long” was an intentional decision. It may seem a bit awkward, but it was intentional.

To listen to the SoundSlide project, follow this link:   http://klandreville.com/breckenridge_melton/

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