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