Highway To Hell

Do you ever wonder if there are heaven and hell? Do you ever wonder what it would be like to go there? What would the journey there be like? Well, I am glad to report to you that today I think I have found out what the highway to hell trip would sound like.

Listen at your own discretion:

There are MANY sounds that someone will hear and just absolutely hate! The noise that drives them crazy. There are lots of sounds I personally hate, but four sounds I think would definitely be on my highway if I were going to hell would include:

  • nails on a chalkboard
  • a baby crying
  • a high pitch noise
  • someone slurping a drink

For this assignment, I decided to use FreeSound. It is a free tool where you can download any sound you can find. The assignment was called Auditory Hell, and it was worth 1 star. The objective of the assignment was to create your worst sound ever by taking audio clips of every single sound that you hate and put them all together to make the worst noise ever. Since I don’t have the tools to make my own noise i.e. a baby that’s crying I decided to use what was already recorded online. I decided to do this assignment because I have absolutely NO experience with audio and I figured it would be better to start off doing an assignment not worth a lot of stars to learn the basics of Audacity; the tool I used to make the assignment.

At first, I watched some tutorials like How to Use Audacity for Beginners and Audacity Tutorial 1: How to import an audio file. With these two videos under my belt, I tried to create my auditory hell but could not figure out what I was doing wrong. I then employed the help of one of my friends Will who is a genius with all things technology and he walked me through how to use Audacity and FreeSound. (The first thing I was doing wrong when trying to use FreeSound was not having an account set up!) Once I was walked through how to use Audacity and FreeSound it really wasn’t bad. There were only a few steps I needed to do and repeat then bam my highway to hell piece was complete! Below are the steps I took to complete this assignment:

How To Create Your Own Highway To Hell Sound:

Step 1: Go to freesound.org and create a profile. Once your profile is complete you will be able to download free sounds.

Step 2: In the search bar type in the sound you want and listen to the various options. Once you find one you want to use click the yellow “Download” button.

*Repeat step 2 as many times as you want/need.

Step 3: Once all of your sounds are downloaded go to “File Explorer” on your desktop –> “Downloads” –> select all the items you are going to use and move them to “Windows“. (This will make it easier when using Audacity).

Step 4: Open up Audacity. Have your screen so that you can see the sounds you downloaded on your screen while also displaying Audacity. Click and drag on one sound and place it in one of the “gray bar-sections“.

Repeat this step by dragging each new sound into a new “section”.

Step 5: Once all of your sounds are in you can edit out portions. To delete what you don’t want click on the “I” selection tool. Click in the section you want to delete –> select and drag till where you want the deletion to end, and then hit the “delete” button on your computer.

  • The light blue that is highlighted in the photograph above is what it will look like before you delete that sound section.

Step 6: Once you are all done press the green “play” button to listen to your sound and make sure it sounds the way you want it. (For this assignment all of my sounds overlapped so I did not need to do any additional steps to have them be separate).

Step 7: To save your sound click “file” –> “export” –> “export as MPJ

4 Replies to “Highway To Hell”

  1. Jessica Probst says: Reply

    Hey Jackie! I really liked your highway to hell audio, it was very unnerving. However, how did you create an account on audacity or did were you referencing the account you made with freesound?

    1. Thanks! I should have been more clear in my post. I created an account for Freesound to be able to download the sounds and then all you need to do for Audacity is download it to your desktop to use it (no account creation needed).

  2. Darlene Mugisha says: Reply

    You did a great job on the assignment! Your steps for this assignment are super helpful. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you!! I was hoping they would be easy for someone else to follow.

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