If you normally spend between four and five minutes reading here, then today is your big break.
You get to spend about the same amount of time listening, because I’m offering up a hodgepodge of clips that help paint a sonic portrait of what goes on in our lives. No, it isn’t just a bunch of cutesy kid stuff (he said, knowing that the first and last clips are exactly that).
First up, Benjamin talks on the phone to his only first cousin. This clip is compressed for time, because the sound of Benjamin listening isn’t very compelling. But the Star Wars stuff is. (0:16)
The next two clips capture unexpected (and loud) moments during dinner preparation, when we forgot the recorder was running.
I had started the recorder to capture Ben’s whining for possible later use (hearing oneself whine on tape nearly instantly cured either my brother or me — I can’t remember the story very well). You might hear Ben say he wants to go hide. That is his default reaction when someone’s at the door. (0:13)
You say you want an impromptu duet? As I have mentioned before, our television rarely is on from the time I get home from work until the time Benjamin goes to bed (please note that the first part of this recording, above, has no TV sound). This was one of those exceptional days when the kid was whiny and we both needed to work on dinner. Dare I say all parents at some point have given in to the television’s placative powers? (0:35)
For a change of aural scenery, here’s a clip of bullfrogs (the size of Buicks) behind my inlaws’ home. A tiny tree frog fills the void between the two. (0:39)
On an evening that found us surrounded by severe storms, I grabbed two clips that are interesting for different reasons. The first is a newscaster whose attempt to sound newscasterly turns her delivery into more than just the facts. See if you can hear it. (0:07)
Outdoors again — still on that stormy night — here we hear our front porch windchimes. I turned in a circle to try to make a good binaural effect, but it was diminished by the brick walls surrounding me on all but one side. You’ll still notice it if you close your eyes and use headphones or earbuds (*cough* Simon *cough*). (1:10)
On May 15, Benjamin decided to sing about three of the letters in his name. I present them here as a challenge. Which one is which?
Thanks for listening.
Recorder: Olympus DS20
Conversion from native WMA to WAV: Switch Audio Conversion Software
WAV file editing and conversion to MP3: Audacity
Ridiculously simple insertion and playback of sound clips: Flash Filter Plus plugin for WordPress
All software mentioned is completely free.