Amoshaun Phynn Toft
Develops beginning to intermediate skills and techniques in one or more forms of communication practice and media production.
Working with Audio
This course starts with a simple question: What does your world sound like? In answering this question, students will learn how to record, edit and produce audio stories about their lives through the medium of sound.
Sound is all around us. But like a fish in water, sound often fades into the background of our lives: the hum of the refrigerator, the wine of a siren, the rustling of the leaves, the tick of the clock, the bustling of a coffee shop, the parade of top 40 hits on the radio or friendly banter on the phone.
This course will guide students in the art of digital audio recording and production. We will focus on recording techniques, sound quality, digital editing and basic storytelling. While the course will be based on the development of technical skills in audio production, we will learn these skills through a series of autobiographical assignments that will help you present your life to the world through the medium of sound.
Student learning goals
Learn how to record different types of sound using different techniques
Learn how to edit audio in a digital environment (non-linear editing)
Learn how to think about sound in the context of media production
Learn about our own "sound lives" through autobiographical work
General method of instruction
Class time will be a combination of mini-lectures, peer critique, and skill-building exercises.
An interest in sound and/or media production. No existing technical skills required.
Class assignments and grading
This course also offers an optional service learning component of a minimum of four hours per week for two additional credits. Participating students will work with an area organization involved in either media policy and community work, or in media production. Options include Reclaim the Media, Listen Up Northwest, and the KBCS public affairs department. Contact the instructor at least one week before the first day of class if you are interested in this opportunity.