Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Music Mashup

Continuing my previous post on the Audacity of Sound, today in Tech Club we started into our exploration of sound -- integrating different elements to create something new. Our base layer is an mp3 song, to which we'll apply the different tools Audacity offers: speed up some parts, shorten others, fade in and out, etc.

We'll then bring in a couple of sound files (car crashes and screams seemed to be the most popular) and weave them in and out of the music in our base layer. Steve told us about a great site to find free sound sample. At the Find Sounds site, you enter your search terms, say, car crashes, and they'll search the Web for sound effects and musical instrument samples that match your search. All you have to do is download them to your computer and import them into Audacity.

Remember, Audacity is a free, open-source audio editor and recorder. Try it, along with some sounds from the Find Sounds site, and see what you can create.

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