Listen: “The Man From Krypton.” This example of audio storytelling comes from my childhood in the 1970s. Picture a simpler time when kids were less immersed in media than they are today. High tech was a portable vinyl record player and a collection of these kinds of recordings. Think about how the sounds, the sound effects, music and the changes in sound, tell you what is going on, how they create a sense of place, a sense of space and a sense of atmosphere. As a boy, I listened to this story over and over again. Good audio can cause us to use our imagination to “see” the story unfold. Does it still work in our media-saturated culture today? Write a reflection blog post on the effectiveness of this piece.
Listen: DS106 has an internet radio station – DS106 Radio – on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evening this week at 7:30 CST some radio programs will be airing. Pick one of these nights and tune in to the channel, if even for only a few minutes. Whatever your schedule allows. Follow the #ds106radio tweets, and join in the conversation. At a minimum, announce that you are also listening in a tweet with the #ds106radio hashtag. You must tweet to get credit for this. Ideally, you should also comment on the storytelling you are hearing. If this seems odd to you, look up live-tweeting. It is a real thing if it is in the dictionary, right? I want you to have the experience of live-tweeting to a radio show with others outside of our classroom.
Think: Examine the Audio Resources page and think about what role audio plays in telling a good story. It might be for the radio, it might be in film. Sound makes a big difference. But they say the best sound is that which doesn’t draw attention to itself. Done well, you don’t notice it. Discuss in a blog post with the topic of telling stories with sound.
Experiment With Sound: Using either Audacity, Adobe Audition, or similar audio editing tools, create a radio bumper for the “DS106 Radio” station. What is a bumper, you ask? Head on over to Wikipedia and read about radio bumpers. The radio bumper is an assignment in the Assignment Bank (so you should tag your blog post correctly when you’re done). Extra Internet Points for incorporating the superhero theme into your bumper recording.
Also, create a short audio introduction to your superhero character that you have previously created. This introduction to the Powerpuff Girls has animation included, but the sound track gives you a good idea of what is possible. (We will save the animation part for another time, unless of course, you are feeling extra ambitious!)
Complete 3 Daily Creates: You must complete and correctly tag at least three daily creates this week. Make sure you also blog your TDCs.
Assignment Bank – 10 Stars of Audio Assignments: Complete 10 Stars of Assignments from the Audio Assignments category. In your work, include one of these two assignments: The sound effects story (3 ½ stars) or The contest that nobody could win (2 ½ stars) as part of your 10 stars this week. For the sound effects assignment, it can be a lot of fun creating your own sound effects, but you may also use http://freesound.org to find free sound effects for this project.
Please be sure to create a separate blog post for each of the Assignment Bank assignments you complete. Make sure all your completed assignments are uploaded to SoundCloud, and write up a post for each assignment in which you embed that audio from SoundCloud. You need to tag each assignment separately and correctly, so it refers back to the assignment page as a past example.
Radio Show Ideas: In a few weeks, we will be creating a radio show to air on the internet radio station. Ideally, this program will incorporate in some way, our theme of superheroes. Write one blog post discussing ideas you think would be good for a radio program to be created by our class.
Commenting: Comment, comment, and comment some more. You should all be looking at each others’ work and leaving feedback. We recommend going to the course site every day and leaving feedback on a few posts. That’s the main way we do class participation in this course.
Weekly Summary: Write a weekly summary of your week’s activities. This should refer to other blog posts created throughout the week, discuss online activities such as tweeting and commenting on other blogs, and also mention the Daily Creates you completed.