Space Escape

By Haley Mitcham

Overview:

For this project, I was inspired by the "Alien Encounters" theme.
I used a variety of sci-fi sounds in an attempt to tell an auditory
story of someone who is trying to find their way off of an alien spaceship.

Description:

For this project, I used garageband v.5 to help tell the story.
I used a variety of different sound effects and loops to create what I thought the ambient sound would be on an alien spaceship.
I used additional sound effects to give the effect of someone walking around, trying to find their way out through a couple different doors.
I then tried to give the impression of chase through using alarms, different computer beeps, alien garble, shooting sounds,
and of course, the great departure!

Intention:

It was my hope and intention that, through listening, the user will
be able to hear the story of someone who is trying to find their way off of an alien spaceship.

Influences:

For this project, I was inspired by the "Alien Encounters" theme.
I wanted the sounds to be easily recognizable to easier tell my story, and therefore tried to mirror them off of soundscapes that
I have heard in sci-fi movies and videogames.

Methodology:

This project was made entirely within garageband v.5.
Carefully selected sound effects were layered and staggered in an attempt to create a sound environment.
The most difficult challenge was properly layering the different sound effects so that they would not sound too clunky.
I also had difficulty making the footsteps stand out from the other sounds in the story. To remedy this, I increased the volume
of the footsteps effect and lowered the volume of the other effects. I have also decided to further practice my coding skills
in creating this page with html and css.

Outcomes:

For this project, I feel that I was able to more or less
accomplish telling a story through sound. I believe that through listening, the user is able to follow the character as
they move through the spaceship and make their rapid escape. In the future, I think it would be interesting to elaborate
on this story by incorporating more sound effects, possibly those from the NASA archives.

Self Reflection:

Even though I do feel that I was successful in telling my story
through audio, I would have liked to incorporate more sound effects, and actual sounds from space. I also think that, through lengthening
the audio track, there would be greater opportunity to create more audible scenarios for the character. I also feel that through more practice, better
and smoother sound transitions and layering could be achieved and beneficial.