For my final project for 420, I was thinking about revisiting Twine. I really enjoyed working with Twine the first time around, and I created a type of fantasy adventure with a tough-to-reach happy ending. This time, I want to create a quiz with trackers. I haven’t fully decided if I want it to be a type of personality quiz where there are no wrong answers, or if I want to quiz on some obscure knowledge area. For now, I’m leaning towards a quiz where there are no wrong answers, because after just writing that previous sentence I thought of cool twist I could add into that. I don’t want to reveal it now, because what fun would that be? But as of right now, I am deciding to do a Twine “Personality” Quiz. A totally normal, nothing out of the ordinary, personality quiz.
My original idea for this project was to take a song and break down the meaning of its lyrics. The more I thought about it, the more difficult I felt that would be as far as editing the podcast with the song. Licensing issues would just be the start of it. So I decided to go with my secondary option that I wrote about last time. I went with a fiction story over podcast and background music I found on one of those free sites.
The project started with a short story I had written previously that I had always felt would be better if I spoke it to people rather than have them read it. I didn’t understand how I would make that into a reality until listening to that Nightvale podcast and realized that is exactly what I wanted to do for my story.
I wanted this podcast to sound eerie, so I tried to record it in a strange, almost monotone voice. I gave some inflection when I thought it would be necessary, but I really wanted every part of it to feel weird, because the story is weird. The ambient background music fit well into the story, I felt, because it just added to that sense of underlying dread like something was askew. I thought the whole project came together pretty well in the end. The only hiccup I had was that my recording device saved the file as a .m4a and I had to look up a converter, but that was pretty easy. The actual editing and cutting of the podcast came easily to me as well, because I had edited songs in the past on FL Studio, so the controls were really similar.
I learned that I’m really glad I kept the podcast around 6 minutes, because I played those 6 minutes back over and over again. I couldn’t imagine having to edit a 20-minute podcast. And if I had to do this over again, I would want to have more objects available to do some proper background noises. I really only had my hoodie to throw on a chair to mimic the character throwing his winter jacket on a couch, and I had a lighter to mimic the lighter the character used. Other than that, the banging sounds were just me hitting my desk or the wall to try and make it sound legit. I would have loved to be able to actually smash an old glass vase to make the mirror sound right.
My first idea for a podcast would be to dissect and breakdown the meaning of song lyrics for popular songs. I could have the song playing quietly in the background, or I could play the section of the song I would break down and then have some other sound effects while I’m talking. I think it could be interesting. If we can work with a partner or multiple people, I think it would add an extra layer to this type of podcast. With even just one extra person, we could bounce different ideas of what some lyrics could mean and it may add a nice dynamic for listeners.
Another idea I had was to take a short story I wrote and incorporate it into a podcast format, similarly to the Nightvale podcast that we could listen to. I was really intrigued by the whole idea, as I wrote about previously, and I think it would be cool to do something similar, but with my own work!