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Creating art from an ancestor's audio archive

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How I am honoring the memory of my grandfather by converting his music passion (recorded on tape) to digitalj.

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Creating art from an ancestor's audio archive

  1. 1. Creating Art from an Ancestor’s Audio Archive Ninja rebelnotion.wordpress.com ninja-radio.com Podcamp 2017 Feb 25-26
  2. 2. Who I Am • Application of the 12:00pm Session : Fuck Followers: Creating Content for the Sake of Creating • Ninja is an IT Professional and Podcaster • Audio and camera webcast for MCCT • a veteran of podcamp • active podcaster from Aug 2006 to March 2015. • Too busy right now • Focus has been sound-art
  3. 3. My Grandfather’s Project • April 2016 – email from Aunt - Do I want memorabilia • Charlie recorded off the radio in the 60s onto reel-to-reel and then in the 70s to cassette tape • Hours of his favourite classical music • Grandfather was a woodwind and brass musician with the TSO and CBC in the 30s and 40s. • Copyright issues didn’t concern him • A music library for his friend Edward • 23 binders with 250 tapes
  4. 4. What I’ll Share • My Tools • Basics of using tape Copying software • Basics of using Audacity, the free audio editing software • How to organize your material • How to stay motivated enough to keep going • Keeping the past alive and vital • My creative process that you might benefit from
  5. 5. Tools – Conversion and Copying • Audio Cassette Player and Transfer Software ($70.00+tax at Bestbuy) • http://www.honestech.com/main/audioRecorder30plus.asp
  6. 6. Tools - Laptop • Your workstation ($$ vary)
  7. 7. Tools - Audio Editor • Audacity (free) • http://www.audacityteam.org/ • V2.1.2
  8. 8. Tools – MP3 Encoder • Software patent issues precludes an mp3 encoder to be included with Audacity. • LAME MP3 encoder – Allows Audacity to export MP3 files. (free) • Leaving your files as .WAV files or other types often make the size of your resulting sound files very large • Tradeoff • (LAME = Lame Aint an Mp Encoder)
  9. 9. Tools - Effects Library • Effects plugins for Audacity (mostly free) • Nyquist (Audio scripting language) • VST (Virtual Studio Technology) • LADSPA (Linux Audio Developers Simple Plug-in API) • http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Category:Plug-ins • Choose from a vast array of effects. • De-clipper • Stereo Left and Right Channel Adjustments, LFO Phaser • Reverb, Time Slide, Delay, Echo
  10. 10. Tools - Your Internet Presence • A Web Presence ($50.00US /year for audio uploads). • File types I’m allowed to upload: jpg, jpeg, png, gif, pdf, doc, ppt, odt, pptx, docx, pps, ppsx, xls, xlsx, key, mp3, m4a, wav, ogg, zip.
  11. 11. Tools • Time and Patience
  12. 12. Organizing the Material – Have a Plan • Starting is easy. Just pop in a tape and walk away. • Tapes and software won’t behave – ramp up time to get it right • 10 months for 200+ tapes • Files are organized in Folder Hierarchy like this: • Binder Name BOOK R • Tape Number R01 • Tape Size R01-60.mp3 • R01-60 Side A Doppler Hungarian Fantasy.mp3 • R01-60 Side B Böhm Variations for Flute.mp3 • R01-60 Side A Voice Fragment 1.mp3 • R01-60 Side B Charlie Green Commentary
  13. 13. How to Stay Motivated • Patience • Experiment and have fun • I know my grandfather would be thrilled that I was doing this. This was his long time pet project.
  14. 14. Tutorial – Audacity Basics • Importing files • Basic commands and actions you would perform • Removing audio • Altering audio • Saving projects • Saving audio
  15. 15. Tutorial • Tape Conversion Software
  16. 16. DEMO and Links • http://rebelnotion.wordpress.com/ • http://bit.ly/2lo4nEo - this presentation (dropbox) • http://bit.ly/2loag4L - setting up honestech audio recorder (dropbox) • https://www.ninja-radio.com/ • https://rebelnotion.wordpress.com/ • Facebook: Ninjar DeHotfrm • Twitter: @ninja_radio

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