5 song music mashup (Girl)

I did the ds106 assignment for the 5 song music mashup but I made sure that I had a theme behind my mashup which was the word ” Girl ” .That word means so many things for so many people. Women change like the seasons ( no offense ladies ) but each song I put in the mashup expresses that very statement because each song gives a different mood. here are the songs I used in my mashup





The mashup process was fairly easy because I had already done so much on past projects. In order to put everything together smoothly I adjusted each oncoming track to the fade-in option under settings in the top right corner of my audacity page .

Phenomenal Women – Over Dramatic Reading

I got this idea when I saw Alley’s post and thought to myself ” hmm okay this is an interesting approach to a project “. It pulled me in right away. The aim was to read a famous poem but in kind of a different way to make it yours . Then suddenly a lightbulb popped up and I automatically thought of maya Angelou and her influence throughout the years on not only the literary world but pop culture as a whole  . One of her most famous pieces “Phenomenal Woman ” was embraced by the nation as she described the true attributes and reasons you should appreciate a woman . The obvious twist is that a man but yet as a human being I can’t help but embrace every word and bring it to you guys .



Phenomenal Woman


Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need for my care.
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Maya Angelou


Once again I used the zoom h2n handy recorder for this assignment which balanced out my vocals well .  The playback button ( right side of device )  was so helpful because I had to run it back a few times in order to put enough emotion in voice to fully get into the words . One common mistake is putting it to close to your mouth which will result in the recording coming out bad so definitely try to distance yourself from the device when recording .



This one stuck out to me I just had to do it. I used to work at a radio station back at my old college in long island so this project stuck out to me like a sore thumb. The aim of the project was to create a product for a character in a movie or show of your liking. I was inspired by this product used in the movie ” Coming To America ‘ called Soul Glo . in the movie Hakeem has to royally marry a female of his liking but he chooses to marry a humble girl from the inner city . Throughout the film he takes advice on how to meet a woman and a few characters suggest he start with his looks. Hair Products are of the main sources of this culture’s vanity and i just knew I had to make fun of that fact.

coming to america

Hakeem is seen here in this scene questioning whether he should keep the ponytail he’s had since a youth in his homeland.

The main objective in a commercial of any kind is marketing and persuasion . Thats exactly why i went for a smooth voice in my audio with the help of my trusty recorder ( below ) :


At first my recording was a bit muzzled because i had connected my apple headphones to it and it was nearly as compatible as using studio headphones as far as recording goes. I decided to adjust the effects a tad bit with my first recording by altering the amplifications in the top right corner of my audacity screen. This allowed me to adjust the vocals in order for my voice to be clearer . I then did a separate recording to give more of a realer commercial feel as you see in any commercial on television and radio . The second recording was a lot smoother yet I still wanted it to stick out more so I simply brought my mouse to the audacity tool bar and adjusted the envelope ( top left corner ) of my background bed music . This resulted in my audio being a little louder than my background which is definitely what I wanted .





I am doing my critique on khalil’s ”Luncheon noise” . Overall Khalil’s project was very informative because his post told me a lot that I wanted to know . it was very direct and to the point . The only thing I suggest for a post like this would be to break up the information you have put forth into a paragraph structure rather than putting everything together. another Thing I noticed is that you didn’t really evaluate on how to use the recording device . Sometimes when i post I like to put down any problems I might have which in turn enlightens my classmates on devices and how they can learn from my mistakes. A simple sound cloud link or even some pictures of the recorder and its pieces would have sufficed .


Pictures like this can really inform the viewer on what the components and buttons on their device can really do. i know because it has helped me once before . The sound however was very descriptive of a lunch room surrounding as you explained . I heard the sound of the inhabitants as well as the man making the food . Good Job Overall

now Stephanie went with a different approach and went outdoors for her sounds .

Her recorder ( the Zoom h2n Handy recorder ) has a built in mic which is why she didn’t have to use an external piece. Both her and khalil’s recording sound pretty similar in recording which is a fact i’m not disputing but the presentation of the blog is what I wanted to compare . The blog started with an open soundcloud link as well as a intricate description of 3 things :

1. her recorder



2. The components of the device



3. And her approach as far as sample rate and format .

As I said before both parties did a great job as far as sound and what they were trying to show but the overall post differed in description and understanding . great job to both of you and these are steps that i even consider when I view any of my classmates post . Keep up the great work .

Interview & Music Mashup


I picked this assignment from the DS106 bank and it was actually an assignment I recently did for the last grading period. To be honest the last time i did this assignment I didn’t do so well and I know why its because I didn’t take the time to learn about audacity and implement those features into my sound editing . I had to re-adjust my whole approach and utilize what was in front of me in order to carry out the task. The first step was the assignment which I had originally always liked from the beginning I just did a mediocre job the last time. You should always start with an assignment you find interest in because then everything else becomes fun . Next I researched some interviews regarding the theme which is Positivity in hip Hop . The first interview I edited was when Kid Cudi visited the Arsenio hall show this month .

The next interview was conducted with artist Tupac shakur during his time in jail based on his approach and views on how bad the message in music has gotten and whats resulting from it .

The third interview was conducted in Australia while the legendary rapper Speech from the group Arrested development was on tour there .

The editing process was a bit tedious at first the easiest edit was Kid cudi’s audio . in order to put Tupac’s audio in i had to alter the amplifications on his voice Im guessing because this video audio was taken back in the 90’s when the technology wasn’t as good as it is now so i could tell the levels where off by clicking my zoom tab on the far upper left of the screen and actually seeing the peaks in the wave patterns . I spaced the responses out the let each one sit in the listeners head along with the smooth bed of music i have playing in the background .

With Speech’s response I adjusted some amplifications by going to effects on the middle region of the audacity tool bar . This did wonders for me because a lot of time background music can consume the audio of whatever you put on top of it. At the end of my mashup you can hear a child laughing I downloaded this sound off of freesound.org as professor Smith has shown us in a previous class . This sound was put forth in order to give more a feel good mood to the track showing that these responses where all based on the well fare of hip Hop’s most loyal crowd ..THE YOUTH .


Thanks for listening


2 song music mashup



for my music mash up I took two of Pharrel’s current hits “Happy” and get Lucky and I attempted to give the idea of a sort of “freedom from anger and stress” in this mashup . This project was a tad bit overwhelming because I have never done an audio mashup before . This project prepared me for future projects regarding sound and editing . Enjoy .



me and khalil basically agreed upon the same point system . It just made more sense to the both of us.

My plan for this year will go as following:

March 4 – March 24

1 Audio Project and 2 Level 2 Comments + 1 Level 3 Comment

1 Exam

1 Field Trip

March 25 – April 10

3 Audio Projects and 3 Level Two Comments

1 Tutorial

1 Level 3 Critique

April 11 – May 5

3 Audio Projects and 3 Level Three Comments

1 Exam

1 Field Trip

1 Service

May 6 – May 20




Street Music

For my assignment I was told by the professor to make two recordings. I decided to have fun and make this an “experiment” so I figured I would record in two environments with two different extremes . The first environment I recorded in was the very busy street in front of my house which was exactly how I figured it would it would be which was very loud. The siren gave a great example of that along with the sound of the tires rubbing across the pavement . The recorder I used was a MARANTZ PD670 02 along with a DYNAMIC SM58 microphone and SONY MDR headphones which didn’t exactly fit AT ALL . this recorder is very old which actually benefited a beginner like me because it was very simple to use. Marantz PD671 right side .

Saint Albans, New York 11412

My second recording was in the York College Library . The sound was interesting because being in a library you would have thought it would be very quiet right ? ..quite the contrary the environment was a bit noisy . People laughing and keyboards is what mainly was recorded .


Sounds affect everything we see , feel , and think . This simple lunchroom observation was very profound at the mere fact that I couldnt believe that all the lowkey sounds were occuring within my surroundings . Its amazing that technology can pick up vibrations that the human ear wont even notice . The wierdest part for me was the fact that you could barely hear conversation in the recording which I figured would have been clear. The recording mainly grabbed the sounds of everything else ( footsteps , bags, cashier using the machine etc . ) . This was a very interesting assignment and hope we have more like it .