(I)t came from outer space...

Our newest piece of work was the creation of an audio performance, an audio tour to be specific. The brief was to create one based on the Sheffield ampitheatre that combined actual historical facts as well as some original information, which is something I leaned into.

I was paired up with Hallie, Rebecca and Molly and each of us had our own distinct roles. Molly was the tour guide, Hallie played Gwendoline who was an old woman from 1780, I played Y the alien (though unnamed in the actual performance) who came from 2074 and Rebecca played herself as a performing arts student in the present day. The script writing process was done individually as all of us had total creative freedom with our own sections which definitely helped me as I had to completely make things up which I would have certainly struggled with if I had to base it off of a 'realistic future' instead of my fantastical future that I had created. I was also the main editor, fixing all the audio recordings and their levels to make it as consistent as possible as well as adding some little flourishes here and there which were mainly for my character with the sound effects of the UFO crashing, taking off and Y's fall to Earth with a heavy thud. 

I actually really enjoy voice acting and it is something that I would like to do in the future whether it be for an audiobook or something else. Personally, I wanted to do voice acting such as dubbing animation (I was planning on doing it for my own comics if I ever uploaded them to Youtube with voice acting of course). This form of voice acting was not hard to do, especially as I didn't have to do it all in one take which really stresses me out. I much prefer being able to have as many takes as I need, which is how it should be as we are no longer limited by tape capacity and it's all through mp3's anyway where bad takes can simply be deleted without having to take up hard drive space. This 'one take' malarky is what made my old audio piece, a reading of Wind in the Willows, bad in my eyes as I had to do it in a single take and there was a certain part in which I flubbed my lines. This was very annoying and I refuse to use it for any work. If needs be, I'll just record some more audio work in my own time. 

I would still like to improve this craft, I've had ideas in the past of practicing with fan-dubbing and maybe I'll do this in the future.

 

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  • This sounds great! Are you going to share upload the audio?

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