Audio Experiment 2 – They Laughed

Rainbow Records - Me and My Shadow

This is kind of the same thing as yesterday’s experiment but a little different. Again, there are two pieces of audio: a voice recording of myself and an excerpted bit of audio from the Internet Archive’s audio library.

The excerpted bit is from the bridge of a 1949 recording by the Eddie “Piano” Miller Trio of Me and My Shadow. Did I tell you how much I love and rely upon the Internet Archive? Have I encouraged you to check it out and if possible support it? It’s a place that helps make digital dreams come true.

Anyhow, this is just a 40 second clip of audio in which I laid a sentence spoken short & sharp over an instrumental music bed excerpted as mentioned above. The sentence was then copied and pasted out of sequence in the second half of the file as you can experience below.

They laughed when I said my dream…

Audio Experiment 1 – Limehouse Blues

Audio Experiment 001 - image of editing window in Hindenburg

I didn’t take the time to check whether or not this would qualify as a #ds106 audio assignment. If such a task is not on the list perhaps it should be. 

The whole point of this experiment was to edit some audio into an mp3 for upload to the blog. In this case, the audio consists of a four minute introduction recorded through a medium quality USB microphone into my laptop (2012 MacBook Pro) using the Hindenburg audio editor combined with an excerpt from a 1949 episode of Matinee with Bob and Ray.

And what I’m most interested to learn from this experiment is how an mp3 file presents itself in a blog post. I don’t even know if WordPress will provide a player automatically.

I imagine that I’ll want to look into some type of plugin for this purpose. And I’ll also have to relearn how to get an rss 2.0 feed to be generated for when this thing goes into podcast mode.

I also imagine that updates to this post will follow…

Audio Experiment 001 – Limehouse Blues by Ken Wilson & Bill Green

The First Crew…

I used to imagine that the old television signals transmitted from earth persisted in some diluted form out into space forever. It might be difficult to prove such is the case but it’s easy to imagine.

And the way I used to imagine it was that someday some intelligent form out there in space would encounter the vestigial TV signals and be able to experience I Love Lucy, You Bet Your Life, or The Honeymooners. That might be cool. Better yet: Milton Berle in drag – that was some funny stuff.

Not wanting to get carried away with past imaginings, I’d rather try to keep things doable and practical here. Therefor, I’m going to try to do a ds106 audio assignment that draws on The Honeymooners in some way. But to do that, it will be necessary to wrangle up a team.