For this project, I decided to create a Vox Pop style interview about people’s opinions about yoga. I asked three different people the following questions: What is your favorite thing about yoga? What is your favorite yoga pose? Do you think yoga helps you live a healthier life? This idea relates to my topic because it shares yogis’ favorite things/opinions about yoga.
The design principles that inspired this project were narration, music, and actualities. To come up with the design of my audio story I researched different Vox Pop interview podcasts. I noticed that many used narration and had subtle background music present throughout the interview. The narration in this audio story helps guide the interview and the actualities bring different opinions into the mix. In this audio story, I decided to use a narration in order to set the scene for the interviews. By using a combination of narration of the questions and the actualities I created a simple “acts and tracks” recording. However, I also decided to add a bit of background music to make the recording a bit more professional and fun. The music fades in and out as the interviews and narrations begin and at the beginning and ending of the audio story. The music is a simple acoustic guitar instrumental which comes off as happy and calming, a vibe from yoga that I wanted to give off in my audio story.
I collected the different interview segments by using the recording device on my cell phone. I found the background music from the creative commons website, Soundcloud.com. First I uploaded the different tracks into Audition. Then I went through each track and deleted excess silence. After that, I reviewed the different actualities and used the razor tool to cut out me asking the various questions. Once I had the responses separated from the questions I began to use the move tool and align the multiple different tracks in a coherent order. Lastly, I added the guitar instrumental track from Soundcloud. I used the razor tool to cut off the excess audio. Then I created a fade in and out for the music track at the beginning and the end of the recording. Next, I used I created different volume automation points for when the interview begins and ends so that the interview can be more clearly heard.
One challenge that I encountered while putting together my audio story was that the recordings had different volumes. At first, it was a bit frustrating, but I used the yellow line to adjust the volume levels accordingly. This made the recording sound more cohesive. In general, I received positive feedback from my TA and my peers. One common critique was that I needed to smooth out the transition between the different interview responses. To accomplish this I added a bit more silence in the beginning and end of each answer to help improve the flow. Also, to help improve the transitions I added a fade in and out on each track so that their responses were not as sudden and sharp. In addition, I decided to make my intro and outro music fade in/outs more dramatic so it seems that the recording is beginning and concluding.
Sources and Materials:
“The Next Step-Classical Guitar Instrumental” by The Tinkerbell Effect, 2014. Shared on Soundcloud.com with the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported. https://soundcloud.com/thetinkerbelleffect/the-next-step-classical-guitar