Sunday, April 30, 2017

VIDEO PROJECT (due Mon. May 1)

Turn your sound story or ear movie into a video in which the audio is accompanied by a slideshow of still photos or art (original or found online) that illustrate or enrich the work without undermining its integrity as an audio narrative. Consider visual pans, zooms, and transitions. Post your video below.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

EAR MOVIE (due Mon. April 17)

 Ear movie. 5 - 10 minutes. The story unfolds via dialogue and sound effects (w. very little narration). Again, in the previous podcast the sound effects simply illustrated the narrated story; here, the sound effects are meant to propel the story. You must use opening music, closing music, one sting, one bridge, one sound effect bed, one musical bed, and at least five discrete sound effects (of those five, you have to record three yourself from real life). Post MP3 below (along with a photo or illustration that best represents it).

Sunday, April 9, 2017

LIONS & TIGERS & BEARS, OH MY! (due April 10)

King Kong's bellow was supposedly a mix of tiger growl and lion roar played backwards, the Rancor in Return of the Jedi was a slowed-down chihuahua, and Chewbacca was a stew of badger, bear, and walrus. Mix together at least three sounds (animal or otherwise) to create the shriek/roar/yawp or indecipherable language of a made-up monster/species. Consider slowing the sounds down or playing them backwards. Post MP3 below.

You’ll Never Guess How the Dinosaur Sounds in Jurassic Park Were Made! Click link to find out!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

"SOUND STORY" PODCAST (due Mon. April 3)

Post MP3s of your original sound story below. Again, a sound story is a narrated story (first or third person) "dynamized" with  sound effects  and music. The sound effects illustrate the narrative (versus the "ear movie," in which the sound effects propel the narrative). Recordings should be 5 - 10 min.

Friday, March 17, 2017


Produce a :30 - 2:00 audio story using only sound effects and one word. How many sound effects do you need to paint the picture properly? Post/link MP3s below.

Monday, March 6, 2017


Students MUST post reactions ( minimum 250 words) to the reading/listening linked below. Students are encouraged (but not required) to additionally respond to other student reactions.

"The Pleasures of Being Read To" by John Colapinto: "Harold Bloom, the literary critic, once expressed doubt about the audiobook. “Deep reading really demands the inner ear as well as the outer ear,” he told the Times. “You need the whole cognitive process, that part of you which is open to wisdom. You need the text in front of you.” While this is perhaps true for serious literary criticism, it’s manifestly not true when it comes to experiencing a book purely for the pleasure of its characters, setting, dialogue, drama, and the Scheherazadean impulse to know what happens next—which, all apologies to Bloom, is why most people pick up a book in the first place. Homer, after all, was an oral storyteller, as were all “literary artists” who came before him, back to when storytelling, around the primal campfire, would have been invented—grounds for the argument that our brains were first (and thus best?) adapted to absorb long, complex fictions by ear, rather than by eye." Click heading to read the rest of the article. 

"Inside the Podcast Brain: Why Do Audio Stories Captivate (the Emotional Appeal of Listening)" by Tiffanie Wen: Beyond the obvious convenience factor of listening on the go, what is it that makes some audio storytelling so engaging? And what happens in the brain when someone hears a really compelling story? “A good story’s a good story from the brain’s perspective, whether it’s audio or video or text. It’s the same kind of activation in the brain,” says Paul Zak, the director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies at Claremont Graduate University. Zak has studied how watching and listening to stories influence our physiology and behavior. Click heading to read the rest of the article. 

Click HERE (and scroll down) to listen to a free five minute excerpt of Park & Recreation's Nick Offerman reading Tom Sawyer.


Click HERE and HERE to listen to a sample of Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book