In this week, Michael Branson Smith’s ds106 class is moving into the audio assignments, and I like the concept for a new one he designed, Movie Voice Machines:

Create a voice mail message for a character in a film or tv show. Use samples, impressions, and/or music to create your message.

See what Michael provided for that Vader dude with the breathing problem.

I just gave it a go and made this one for a little guy named “Alfred” who likely is not the best at answering his phone.

Alfred is Not Home

I cobbled this together in Audacity, my main audio editing tool hands down. I downloaded two clips from YouTube (one for the intro music and the other for the closing tone). There are a gazillion ways to do this, I use a Chrome Extemsion- Download Youtube as MP4. It provides a small drop down menu to any YouTube page:

I then did my own imitation in the middle.

Good Eveeeeeeeeeeening.

You can actually import these directly into Audacity (no need to convert to audio) to use for editing.

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  1. Love this one. Your Alfred Hitchcock reminds me of Andy Rooney both in voice characterization and distain. Though Rooney mostly disliked all things modern, while Hitchcock seemed to simply be impatient with those who weren’t willing to play along with his storytelling games.

    1. Thanks Michael- voice imitations are something I would like to learn how to do better.

      Andy Rooney would be fun to day as an activity. Like he starts to respond, and goes on a long tangent of, “Did you ever notice…”

      Great assignment concept, thanks!

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