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Thursday, May 6, 2010

importance of sound!

We all take sound very much for granted. It is omnipresent. For the most part the only time we really take note of it is when we complain about something being too loud or too soft, otherwise it's just there. But it is amazing what it does for us. It allows us to communicate easily. And it gives us a sense of place. Obviously being able to converse with other humans, and even animals to a degree, is a wonderful gift. But it's all the other stuff we hear all day and into the night that is so vital to the way we feel about where we are. Kids are, for most part, born with very sensitive hearing. You may find as a parent that watching TV at a level that's comfortable to you is painfully loud for your youngest whippersnapper. Air shows, motor racing and firework displays are not generally places very young kids like to go for that very reason. But once past that stage they quickly progress to listening to music much too loud, as all of us 'oldies' used to do, only now it can be more damaging to the ears as we're all wearing headphones of some description and the music is very high fidelity.
I've worked in the film industry for many years. Sound effects and music have always been my specialty. Now I'm creating a new type of entertainment for kids that also involves sound and music - digital picture books - and because childrens' picture books come with no sound at all, I'm given a completely blank slate to work with. The best possible situation I could hope for! What I find myself doing is reading the book out loud and imagining what background and foreground sounds might have been there. I remember from my youth just how very important the sounds around me were. I may travel somewhere now and catch a snippet of noise that takes me right back to a specific place in my mind from many years previously. My childhood memories of sounds are particularly vibrant. Lollipop sticks in bicycle wheels, Dad mowing the lawn, the train set, waves on the beach, and even the birds we'd hear in our garden. Funny things like a croquet mallet hitting the ball; ice cubes coming out of their rubber container; a match being struck; Sounds that become an identity for a specific spot or time. Sounds we may even identify with a particular person.
So for the online digital picture books for kids I'm creating, it is my aim to build a soundtrack that children will remember not just as a part of the book but as a part of the world that story was told in as well and as a part of their own little world while watching the book (they are visual audio books). For instance, I will include distant tractors, dogs barking, church bells, water being poured, footsteps on gravel, and even a stylus being lowered onto an LP! Okay so I may be older than you, but I bet my memory is more "sound" than yours!
Sound maps our life's path, from birth to deaf. For those of us who are fortunate enough to be able to hear, the world would be an unbearable place without it. Put your fingers in your ears for a few minutes for a quick example of how very tedious it would be. It certainly makes us all appreciate the gift of sound.
Oh, and when you next read to your child, don't forget to throw in a few sound effects - you'd be astounded at the wonderful reactions you get!
Sound is beautiful - give it a listen sometime

taken from here

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

sound facts!!

Sound surrounds us all the time. You may awaken in the morning to the sound of an alarm clock or Dad snoring. During the day you may hear the cacophony of auto traffic or the hustle and bustle of city life. But all sounds have one thing in common. They are formed by the movement or vibration of an object.
The sounds we hear every day are formed by the vibration or movement of air. Basically what happens is sound makes tiny particles in the air, called molecules, bump into each other. The molecules bump into each other compressing and then expanding to cause the wave to move like a falling column of dominos. This vibration of molecules is passed from molecule to molecule until it reaches our ears where we then 'hear' the vibrating air.
In this experiment, we'll demonstrate how this phenomena occurs. Using nothing more than marbles, we'll see how a sound wave can pass from molecule to molecule...
Take 4 marbles and line them up in a straight line on a table or other flat surface. Make sure the marbles are all touching.
Take a 5th marble and thump it so it hits one of the end marbles.
One by one, each marble will hit the other marble passing its energy down the line. When the last marble receives this energy, it will roll away leaving all the other marbles in their original positions. This passing of energy from marble to marble closely mimics the way a sound wave is produced.
Interesting Note. Since sound is caused by the vibration of an object it stands to reason that there must be some object for sound to exist. Hence, in the empty realm of outer space - there is no sound.
Parent's Note. The number of condensations or rarefactions produced by a vibrating object each second is called the frequency of the sound waves. The more rapidly an object vibrates, the higher will be the frequency. Scientists use a unit called the hertz to measure frequency. One hertz equals one cycle (vibration) per second. As the frequency of sound waves increases, the wavelength decreases. Wavelength is the distance between any point on one wave and the corresponding point on the next one.
Most people can hear sounds with frequencies from about 20 to 20,000 hertz. Bats, dogs, and many other kinds of animals can hear sounds with frequencies far above 20,000 hertz. Different sounds have different frequencies. For example, the sound of jingling keys ranges from 700 to 15,000 hertz. A person's voice can produce frequencies from 85 to 1,100 hertz. The tones of a piano have frequencies ranging from about 30 to 15,000 hertz.

taken from here!

Monday, March 8, 2010

diction meaning!

1)Diction, in its original, primary meaning, refers to the writer's or the speaker's distinctive vocabulary choices and style of expression.[citation needed] A secondary, common meaning of "diction" is more precisely expressed with the word enunciation — the art of speaking clearly so that each word is clearly heard and understood to its fullest complexity and extremity. This secondary sense concerns pronunciation and tone, rather than word choice and style.
Diction has multiple concerns; register — words being either formal or informal in social context — is foremost. Literary diction analysis reveals how a passage establishes tone and characterization, e.g. a preponderance of verbs relating physical movement suggests an active character, while a preponderance of verbs relating states of mind portrays an introspective character. Diction also has an impact upon word choice and syntax.
Diction comprises eight elements: Phoneme, Syllable, Conjunction, Connective, Noun, Verb, Inflection, and Utterance.

connotative meaning!

2)Connotation, on the other hand, refers to the associations that are connected to a certain word or the emotional suggestions related to that word. The connotative meanings of a word exist together with the denotative meanings. The connotations for the word snake could include evil or danger.

denotative meaning!

1) Denotation refers to the literal meaning of a word, the "dictionary definition."¨ For example, if you look up the word snake in a dictionary, you will discover that one of its denotative meanings is "any of numerous scaly, legless, sometimes venomous reptiles¡Khaving a long, tapering, cylindrical body and found in most tropical and temperate regions."

literature dictionaries!

1)denotative meaning.
2)connotative meaning.
4)stylistic techniques.
5)rhetorieal devices.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


Value 1: Determination ...How do we build strength in themselves not to U-turn with each obstacle (Obstacle) outside the period. Strength is built with value 2: Readiness ...

Value 2: Readiness ...Faced with obstacles that require precise readiness of mind and physical. This sense of readiness to rise to knowledge, and thoroughly understand every obstacle that successful challenger to the solution formed. However the solution to form the side we need to value 3: Willingness ...

Value 3: Willingness ...solutions for each obstacle has a value of sacrifice that we need to tempuhi with redha and ready. When we were ready to go through and know what to dikorban to achieve solutions to obstacles that the challenger Value 4: Acceptance play an important role.

Value 4: Acceptance ...Acceptance of things that need to get dikorban solution of obstacles will facilitate mental and physical shape our readiness through obstacles. To receive these situations we need to realize where we are and what we would expect that the value 5: Sense of belonging can be formed in us ..

Value 5: Sense of belonging ...Shaping values have owned and will make your mind and become physically stronger and more robust. This value will be formed when we can create value 1 to value 4. This process will strengthen ourselves to support and further develop the network in the life consisting of friends and family members. This value will also put us in a safe zone for us to deal with obstacles that challenger.Once we control all these values, then we can form value distinction in ourselves ..

so,,ask yourself about your choice!!