A Day in the Life

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Record glimpses of the different sounds you hear throughout the day, whether it be busy street noises, people talking, birds chirping, etc. and compile it into a single audio clip on Sound Cloud.  Use an audio software such as Audacity to put them all in one. (2.5 Stars)

This was an interesting assignment that also ended up being very time consuming.  I recorded different sounds I heard throughout my day yesterday using my phone because that is what I have easily accessible.  Once I got all of the sounds uploaded onto my Desktop I used Audacity to combine all the different files into one single file. I varied the duration that some sounds are played to show how much of my day is consumed with that sound or activity.  As a result typing with music playing (what I am currently doing) is a large piece of A Day in the Life of me.

I imported all of the different sounds of my day into Audacity in chronological order so that it would be easier to keep everything in order.

I started off by importing my morning alarm into Audacity. I also trimmed down the alarm to only use the part I wanted by highlighting (seen below in dark grey) the part I wanted and using ctrl-t to trim off everything else.

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I then started importing and layering in more sounds and trimming them down (described above) to be the correct length.

In order to move sounds to the correct starting and ending point you utilize the Time Shift Tool marked on the tool bar with an arrow.

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As I added more and more sounds to the clip I had to adjust the sounds level on some of different audio clips.  This can be done with the slide bar to the left of the audio file.

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As more and more files were added in I collapsed the different clips by hitting the up arrow so I would be able to see more at once.

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Once all the clips were in the correct place and I liked how it sounded I exported the Audio to my desktop and uploaded it to SoundCloud prior to embedding it in this post.

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Who else has a day that sounds like this?  I’m thinking a ton of people who have office jobs have a pretty similar day.  I’m also pretty interested to see if there are any sounds that you can’t figure out.


1 Comment

  1. Rose says: Reply

    Your audio was really well done, and nice descriptive tutorial. I like the music playing in the background while work was in progress. Fading the music would have given the audio a better transition and flow. Although, when leaving work or stopping anything, music is cut off so it’s realistic. I like what you’ve done, Great work!

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