1. Recording Your Sounds For NPR: #howitsounds

    What does your life sound like right now? For Daisy Alioto, the sounds of her life are a beeping microwave when her food is ready, an incoming Skype call from a friend, loud chatter in a restaurant and pouring milk over her cereal.

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    How it Sounds to Be You.

    NPR wants to know what sounds make up your everyday life. Think of it like taking a camera phone snapshot — but with audio.

    How many sounds should I send? Four.


    We’re looking for four distinctive sounds that you hear over the course of your day, sounds that set your life apart from everyone else’s. Maybe the sounds are: the strange way you gargle in the morning; the clang of your plumber’s wrench as you fix a pipe; the chhk, chhk, chhk of you jumping rope at the gym and the warbling of the blender as you make a smoothie to help you sleep. (You can listen to an example here and here and here.)

    Where should I send them?

    Submit your sounds (as mp3 files) to protojournalist@npr.org, along with descriptions of why you chose those sounds. (For example, I might send construction noise along with the phrase “They’re redoing the firehouse next to my apartment and every morning I wake up to this banging.”)

    Not sure how to use audio?

    Don’t worry. We’ll walk you through it.

    If you have a smart phone, it’s probably easiest to use your smart phone. For iPhone users, there’s a recording feature on the phone called “Voice Memos.” (The icon is a microphone.) After launching the app, you’ll see a red button. Hit it to start recording. When you’re done, click ‘done.’ Enter a name for your new voice memo and press OK. Now click on the recording and hit the send icon in the bottom left to email it to protojournalist@npr.org. (If you have iOS6, you can follow this tutorial.)

    Android users, check out this app. (It’s free.)

    If you don’t have a smart phone, fear not!

    You can use the microphone on your computer to record sounds. Then put them in an email and send them to protojournalist@npr.org. If we use your sounds, we will be in touch. Thank you.

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