Ice Cream Original

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On the third day of class in Digitization Fundamentals we worked with audio files, and it was pretty amazing.

The instructor Robin Davies worked through the differences between audio frequency and sampling rate, and we got our feet wet with Audacity. One of the students recorded a short line of poetry, and Robin tweaked the settings and microphone placement. This showed us how important it is to get a good capture of the original audio, many times the mic is too far away and there’s too much noise in the background.

The line of poetry recorded was from Wallace Stevens’, “The Emperor of Ice Cream”:

Let be be finale of seem.
The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream.

With this track running in Audacity, Robin added some sound clips from Freesound, and we extracted some audio from a Youtube clip. We ended up with a strange melange of sounds, the poetry line, a gong, an ice cream truck, and applause. I’ve called this track “Ice Cream Original,” and I posted it to Soundcloud.