For this course, you will need:

• Paper, pen, or a mobile technology for in-class writing assignments and note-taking,

• An active UWB e-mail account,

• A pair of headphones,

• Access to the Internet and a computer (with a sound card/speakers), and

• Access to a digital voice recorder, microphone or the like.

For the voice recorder or microphone, here are some possibilities:

• UWB Information Technologies loans students digital recorders and microphones. For more, see

• Sites such as Gabcast allow you to record .mp3 files for free using your phone or VoIP client.

• Smart phones are often able to record and e-mail .wav or .mp3 files using dictation apps by companies such as Dragon.

• iPod extras can turn your iPod into a digital voice recorder.

• Many laptops already have built-in microphones.

• Computer microphones are rather inexpensive these days. Consider looking at Fry’s.

During class, I will review these options, emphasizing what they accommodate and restrict. I will also facilitate workshops on:

• Audacity, an editor for recording and mixing digital audio, and

• WordPress, a content management system and blogging platform.

The use of these will come at no expense to you; however, you will be expected to become competent in them. If you are already familiar with or competent in them, then I will ask you to help others learn to use them. I may also ask you to co-facilitate workshops with me.

All media (text, audio, images, and video) that you compose or use for your project will be uploaded to our class WordPress site (passcode-protected for your privacy) and stored in a SQL database without any cost to you. After the course, you should be able to access the site, retrieve your work, and (re)use it in, say, your IAS portfolio.

Finally, there is no text book for the course. All media for reading, listening, and watching will be circulated via the class WordPress site, usually in the form of a “case study.”

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6: Final Remix

Here’s the prompt (PDF).

See me with questions!

Time to Reflect

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Cut-Up Tuesday!

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5: Documentary

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4: Re: Found Sound

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Cluster Assessment

Ok, folks. For this workshop, you’ll be determining how your participation in this class should be assessed and then arguing accordingly for your participation grade. We will do this twice this quarter.

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Today: Voice-Over!

Today, through voice-over narration as our boundary object, we’ll discuss:

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3: Found Sound

It’s time for the third entry in your audio portfolio, folks. For this one, we’ll change gears a bit, toward researching the cultural history of sound reproduction.

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Today: iPhones

Today: Storytelling

Before we begin, I believe I remedied the HTTP error. If you encounter it again, then let me know.

Now, for today…

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Review of Class So Far

Audio MP3

Here’s a quick list of what we’ve covered.

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Prepping Your Story?

Audio MP3

We’ll start workshopping your stories for “Re: Audiography” during class on Tuesday the 19th. In the meantime, you might start not only listening to your peers’ audiographies, but also searching for some example material. There are classics like the work of Marshall McLuhan, who made an audio version of one of his books, The Medium Is the Massage. There’s a clip above, but you can listen to all of it here.

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Ask Ira

The anecdote needs to be interesting. & it needs a moment of reflection.

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Today: Soundscapes

Today, we’re going to chat soundscapes, using your audiographies as examples.

Here’s what’s in store:

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Girl Talk Interview

DJ Shadow in Scratch

“Reef”: A DJ / Rupture Mix

Audacity Workshop

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And now for some quick notes:

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