Changing the story (a Prisoner106 activity)

I confess that I haven’t done my Village morning announcement yet.  How does it start?  What do I say?  Can I fake a British accent?  The answer to the last question is no.  I’ve really been overthinking the assignment.  But while overthinking, I did find the Voice Changer app, which may have potential.

While reading through some of the audio assignments, I was inspired by the Line Remix (audioassignment1539) and a recent trip to Cookout in Farmville to change up The Prisoner story.  Rather than being a former spy trapped in a village of mystery, No. 6 is just an irate fast food customer.

That guy is so touchy.

I recorded my voice with the Voice Changer app and added the bullhorn effect.  I emailed the recording to myself, downloaded the MP3 from my email, and then imported it into Audacity.

I then imported the “I am not a number” track.  My voice track was much louder, so I used the envelope tool to make it a little less booming.

Finally, I found audio from a fast food restaurant at FreeSound and added that in because authenticity.

 

 

 

GIFable Memories

I was gone for a while.  I can’t say where I went.  I can’t say for how long I was gone.  I can only say that there was no Internet.  Luckily I had files on my computer, so I was able to make some animated GIFs.  It’s important to keep the mind busy.

I recommend following this handy tutorial for making an animated GIF with MPEG Streamclip.  It’s very important to save this page to your computer in case you are unable to communicate with the outside world.  Pro tips.

Oscilloscope from "The Prisoner" (episode 1)

Oscilloscope from “The Prisoner” (episode 1)

No trust.

No trust.

Subtle no6 -- this didn't turn out quite like I expected, but oh well.

Subtle no6 — this didn’t turn out quite like I expected, but oh well.

 

It’s hard to write a witty title when you know nothing about The Prisoner

Summer vacation is almost here, and I’ve got plans.  Big plans.  Some of those plans involve working a little bit–tending to stuff in the library and co-teaching some Scratch/Makey Makey camps with Carolyn.  A lot of those plans include kicking around the city with my 5-year-old son.

But I also need some DS106 in my life.  My GIMP/PhotoShop skills are rusty, and I still have that typography poster to finish.

Turns out another season of DS106 is on the horizon.  This time it’s centered around The Prisoner (not this Prisoner).  I haven’t seen or heard of either Prisoner.

It looks like a place called The Village figures prominently in the show.  It’s funny, but a place called The Village here in Richmond figured prominently in my life when I moved to RVA in 2006.  The Village was one of my favorite places to visit before I became a responsible adult in 2009.  It was full of artists and writers and riff raff and misfits.  The Vesuvio of the east, perhaps?  Sometimes there are nostalgic conversations about the Richmond of the 80s and 90s on the Richmond Counterculture Facebook page.

the old Village

The Old Village (before my time). The Village now lives at 1001 W. Grace St. (across the street from the original location).

I spent a lot of time on Grace Street going to see shows at the Nanci Raygun (which became the Bagel Czar which became Strange Matter).  Many conversations were had in the booths of The Village before and after shows and on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

So here’s to a summer of DS106.  #4life.

The VIllage

The Village.  Animated.

Now the tutorial for anyone who may need it:

1.  I found a picture of The Village through a Google image search.  It was a static image of course.

2.  In order to animate it in some way, I figured I needed some contrast, so I opened the image in GIMP and painted the neon sign a darker red so that it would resemble a neon sign turned off.

Painting the neon Village sign

Painting the neon Village sign

The sign is dimmed

The sign is dimmed

3.  I then found this nice tutorial that explained how to turn .jpgs into an animated GIF in PhotoShop, because as I previously stated, my PhotoShop/GIMP skills are rusty.

4.  Then I had the wonderful GIF posted three photos above that closely matched what I was imagining.

It’s nice when it turns out that way.

* Also, I’m rereading this post the next day, and it sounds totally incoherent.  That’s because I was writing it while watching the 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie with my son, which means there was a lot of, “Hey mom, look at this!” followed by somersaults on the sofa and kicks in the air.