Picture of Fishbone Challenge: Stupid Waveform Tricks
Or, the Hazards of Sound Checking

Anyone who has ever fiddled with recording software has seen the visual waveforms that happen when noise is made. And lots of folks have done beautiful and inspired things with the waveform images. But I think the well of stupidity has remained largely untapped...

Believe it or not, the waveform "Fishbones"  in this Instructable were created by yelling the following into the microphone: "HEAD! Rib, RIB, RIB, Rib, Rib, rib, rib,.. taIL!" (Listen to the Mp3 for the sad, sick proof... So deeply stupid on so many levels).

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Step 1: The Rules

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Here are the rules (that I made up):

1. The noise you make into the microphone has to be words describing the thing you're building: either its parts or it's name. Example: the fish below was done by saying the names of the parts, but it would also have been legal (and theoretically possible, though I haven't tried it) to stutter "Fi-i-i-i-i-i-SH!"
2. No editing, via audio or image editing software; it's gotta be live.
3. There is no number four.

Step 2: Materials

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You will need:
1. Audacity (great freeware: multitrack recording) or something else that behaves in a similar fashion
2. Microphone (I used a Shure SM58 and a preamp, but a crappy PC mic will work fine: this ain't brain surgery!)
3. Computer that can accommodate the things in steps 1 and 2
4. Alone Time: you don't want anyone overhearing this recording session: the neighbors will think you have finally lost it (or perhaps, lost it again?).
5. An image in mind. Has to be symmetrical because that's the nature of the beast, and has to follow the rules!
6. See step 4.