Travels to Europe with Alex Edward

I really enjoyed doing this assignment. Once I got the hang of editing audio using Audacity, I was anxious to begin editing my audio interview. I actually had to re-do the assignment because it hadn’t saved the first time. However, I am grateful because I like my second story more than my first. I took the advice to build, rather than to break, which really helped me create my story. I took all the vital pieces from the interview, such as name, major, etc. and put that into the new track first. I then deleted the sections where I was asking questions. I listened to the unedited audio and decided how to organize my story. I decided I would do an intro, then discuss why she chose the major she did, her study abroad experiences, differences she noticed about the two different cultures and any advice/suggestions about studying abroad to any University of Wyoming student who is interested in studying abroad.

I learned that there are many ways to deploy a story. For example, I could have executed a story based on just her experiences studying abroad or all the differences between the cultures she noticed studying abroad. I also learned you can never use enough dead space or pauses when interviewing. Those lengthy pauses can be shortened in Audacity but it certainly helps to have those lengthy pauses when editing your audio. I learned that “ummm” and “you know” are fine to leave in your audio story. It helps develop personality and engage the viewer more, as if the story is being told directly to them. It makes the story feel more real.

I enjoyed editing the audio and making my own story out of the material provided. I enjoyed using Audacity because although it is a very complicated device with many different features, it was simple for me to use. I enjoyed learning about all the affects you can implement on your audio as well. I absolutely loved the zoom feature in Audacity. I didn’t enjoy having to cut down my audio to just two minutes. I found this very difficult. I was grateful to have an interviewee who provided me with such significant information and I felt I was betraying my audience by not providing them with all the great information Alex had informed me of during our interview. The one thing that did continuously frustrate me was that I was not able to copy or paste unless I had stopped the audio completely.

I was surprised with everything you can do to audio using Audacity. I felt it was very beneficial. I was surprised by all the awesome effects Audacity had. I was also surprised by how easy it was to use. Of course, the zoom feature was great help, but it was simple to copy and paste specific audio into a new track. I thought I was going to have to spend several hours editing, but it only took me a couple hours to edit the audio, if that!

I wish it would have allowed me to copy when the audio was paused, so I knew exactly where I had wanted to stop or start again. The only thing that I wish I would have done differently is set up the questions without a yes/no response. For example, I asked Alex “Were there any differences between the cultures?” Instead, I wish I would have asked Alex, “What are the differences?” Asking a quantitative question, I am able to get more feedback from my interviewee rather than yes or no. I also would have liked my interviewee to have stated “I noticed several differences between the cultures, the first one being that . . . ” However, that takes away from the interviewee personality and makes it less personal by telling your interviewee how to answer a question.

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