Develops beginning to intermediate skills and techniques in one or more forms of communication practice and media production.
Sound surrounds us. It's the invisible element that only becomes obvious when it goes away. Sound is information, stories, location, memories. It tells us where we are and where we're going. It fills in the blanks. It forces our imaginations to create the pictures that go with the sounds we hear. It reminds us of places we've been, things we've done, and feelings we've had. Sound alerts us to danger, sets us at ease, wakes us up and puts us to sleep. Sound is everywhere.
This course will guide students in the art of audio storytelling and teach skills in audio recording, production, and editing. We will focus on intentional listening, 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 fiction, non-fiction, and autobiographical assignments that will help each student present their life to the world through the medium of sound.
Student learning goals
Gain an understanding of the different roles audio plays in our lives and in storytelling
Learn how to record a variety of sound elements using different techniques & recording devices
Learn how to edit audio in a digital environment (non-linear editing in Audacity and ProTools)
Learn and understand the basics of audio technology (formats, EQ, mixing, etc)
Learn to use audio as a storytelling tool
Gain familiarity with a variety of sound recording equipment and build skills for providing and receiving editorial feedback for and from peer storytellers
General method of instruction
Hands-on exercises, small group editorial work, labs and discussions.
An interest in storytelling, audio, and/or media production. No existing technical skills required. We will be working on MACs for almost every in-class exercise. Basic familiarity with MAC computers is helpful.
Media production is time-consuming. Students will be expected to complete audio recording and editing exercises outside of class. This may require coming to campus to use the Digital Media Lab when it is available outside of class time.
Class assignments and grading
Students will complete a handful of short audio storytelling assignments. They will also be required to organize their story ideas on paper, in the form of short project descriptions.
Most of the class grade will depend on participation and completion of assignments. Peer critique and feedback will be key in this course, and all students will be expected to receive peer feedback on their projects as well as to offer input on their classmates projects.