Newtown Creek and its precarity through audio

While I was working on revising my audio rough draft, I’ve taken a lot of good points we went over in class into accounts. I considered having more than one subjects for my audio recording which I originally thought may not be a good choice as I wanted to focus on the quality of one interview. But after thinking about how it could make my audio sound too subjective in informing the listener and creating the sense of precarity for my ecology, I decided to cut some parts of my audio recording. I’m going to cut off especially the parts where I speak over my interviewee, which I should not have done. I tried scheduling an interview with her again, but I don’t think it will happen before I submit my revised audio recording.

Then I’m going to insert some interview clips that I got from some NYU Tandon students who were visiting the Nature Walk by clipping specific parts of the recording where they talk about the precarities of the ecology. It’s a little challenging to cleanly cut off the specific parts because it was extremely windy by the water. But I tried my best to use the noise reduction tool to remove the background noise as much as possible and integrate it with my original interview clip. I tried to juxtapose two recording clips from different interviews that point out at similar aspects of precarities about the ecology so it appears as less subjective.

I’m also going to use my audio clip where I only recorded natural sounds of the ecology as an intro to my recording so that it transitions nicely into the interview. I’m going to have the audio clip to fade into the sound recording and fade out to the interview. The reason that I want to use the sound clip of natural sound is that it captures a mix of natural sounds and industrial sounds. The recording captures the sound of birds chirping but also the sound of factory machines running loudly. The mixture of the sound is exactly what the current state of Newtown Creek is — while there’s some nature that has been restored very recently, the Creek is still a place that is surrounded by factories with contaminating chemicals that threaten the water. I wanted to place it before the interview begins so that it brings the listener into the affect of the ecology first before he/she is introduced to the interview that will further inform the listener about the precarities. I’m going to fade out the interview with the same audio recording for the natural sound since my interview clip ends abruptly in my rough draft.

For both portions of fading in and fading out, I plan on emphasizing the sound of the factory machines by increasing its volume to override the peaceful affect from the birds chirping sound and bring the focus to the precarity. I think this sound manipulation will help me portray Newtown Creek to the listener with more of an industrial atmosphere and signal the source of its precarities more clearly during my sound recording.

-Sumin

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~ by suminchoi2015 on November 4, 2018.