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Listen Up: Audio's Role in Digital Storytelling

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Will Coley

on 8 October 2013

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Transcript of Listen Up: Audio's Role in Digital Storytelling

Audio's Role in Digital Storytelling
Interview Subject:
Microphone is less intimidating
Measure of confidentiality
What's special about audio?
Marshal Ganz

"Story of Self"
Participates with imagination
Intimate (headphones, listen alone)
Easy to multitask while listening
Eye contact easier
= better interview
Easier to record or edit than video
"Muslims Need Not Apply"
by @WillColey & Loris Guzzetta
Spoken Audio =
Radio talk shows
Radio stories
"Audio posts"
Audio Slideshows
Image from "Radio: An Illustrated Guide"
by Abel & Glass
Editing Audio
Location, location, location: Need quiet!
Good recording
= Proper mic
Audacity (free)
GarageBand (free)
Hindenberg ($95)
ProTools ($700)
+ Connect as Podcast to iTunes
Public Radio Exchange
Mobile Audio
Image from "Radio: An Illustrated Guide" by Abel & Glass
* Write like
you talk!
Big frontier for digital audio = the car.
2/3 of traditional radio listening occurs away from home, much of that in cars.
Increasingly people using cell phones to listen to online-only radio in cars.
3 -4 inches
below mouth
Get close!
What makes a good story?
How can you make the best sounding story?
How can you get others to listen to your stories?
Ira Glass
"This American Life"
iPhone & Android App
Deadly Stream
of Air
"Most powerful testimonial I can provide for non-profits is story of someone
(a character) whose life has been effected by that organization. No talking heads. No scripted bits. But real, raw, emotional tape from a person whose life has been changed."
Samantha Broun
Independent Producer,
SoundLight Media
SoundCloud Smartphone App
Session Prep:
Download & Setup
SoundCloud App*
Radio Producers

Listen Up LA Facebook Group
Vojo.co: New tool for communities without regular access to Internet or "smart phones"
* Don't forget to check for confirmation email & click link to setup!
(i.e. www.nytimes.com/onein8)
I'm most interested in these for nonprofits
Using SoundCloud = Easy-to-share embeddable playe
+ You can measure listens
"Winning Justice at School: Part 2
The Labor/Community Strategy Center in Los Angeles"
by @WillColey & Loris Guzzetta
"Piano Van"
by David Weinberg
via @KCRWorganist
@WillColey & Loris Guzzetta
Click on image to listen
Listen to the audio story before shooting
Capture action in the subject's own environment if possible (i.e. "B-roll")
Gather images of exteriors or location that help set the scene
Link to this Prezi:

*Transom.org tutorial
Tips for
Photographers &
"First Love and 27 Other Firsts"
by @WhitneyAJones
* Tape syncs
"Low-Income New Yorkers
Struggle After Sandy"
"Julian: Tavehua, Los Angeles
& Tavehua, Oaxaca"
by Anayansi Diaz-Cortes
"Sonic I.D."
PCM Recorder app for iPhone
Voice Memo
Listen Up!
More than half of Americans who go online listen to Internet radio services
"Steal like an Artist:
10 Things Nobody Told You
About Being Creative"
by Austin Kleon
"Fake it 'til you make it!"
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