overview of assignments

What follows are only brief descriptions. Detailed prompts for each assignment will follow. Please note: this course emphasizes audio recording, authoring and editing over production and post-production—audio as alternative form of writing or inscription, if you will. While I find that production and post-production are no doubt crucial to the process, we simply do not have time to account for them in this survey. That said, the quality of your audio does not need to be high definition.

Audiography: you will introduce yourself to the class by recording snippets of eight to ten sounds (e.g., voices, ambient sounds / noises, and music) you hear on a regular basis and compiling a playlist of them. Your peers will be the sole sources of feedback on this assignment.

Re: Audiography: you will respond to several audiographies composed by your peers by remixing them, providing verbal feedback on what your impressions are, and highlighting what you learned both about your peers and about sound. I will provide feedback on this assignment.

“Found” Sound: much in the fashion of today’s mash-ups, you will compile a minimum of eight sounds related to a specific event in the history of sound reproduction and to a particular sound reproduction technology. You will not include your voice or any narration. Your peers will be the sole sources of feedback on this assignment.

Re: “Found” Sound: you will respond to the “found” sounds composed by one of your peers by adding your own narration and commentary to it. In so doing, you will articulate what you believe your peer wanted audiences to believe and learn through the composition. I will provide feedback on this assignment.

Audio Documentary: based on several examples heard in the class, you will make your own, short (three- to five-minute) audio documentary about an issue in the history of sound reproduction, focusing on a particular sound reproduction technology. You will be able to choose your own issue and technology and determine how you wish to represent them. I will provide feedback on this assignment.

Your Choice!: You will imagine one other audio composition that you think should be in your e-portfolio and then you will compose it. While I will give you a prompt with some constraints for this assignment, a majority of the decisions will be yours. I will provide feedback on this assignment.

The Remix: the remix will function as the final in the course. Between ten and fifteen minutes in duration, it will compile snippets from all of your audio work in the course and include your own reflections on what you learned, how, and to what effects on the future of your learning (either in IAS or elsewhere). You will also be asked to stress how, if given more time, you would revise or expand the work. The remix will be accompanied by an abstract.

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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

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

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Prepping Your Story?

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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

Click on this. Thanks!

And now for some quick notes:

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