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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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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"
Listener:
Participates with imagination
Intimate (headphones, listen alone)
Easy to multitask while listening
Producer:
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
Podcasts
Radio stories
"Audio posts"
Audio Slideshows
Image from "Radio: An Illustrated Guide"
by Abel & Glass
Producing
Storytelling
Sharing
Extras
Recording
Equipment
Editing Audio
Location, location, location: Need quiet!
Good recording
= Proper mic
placement
Audacity (free)
GarageBand (free)
Hindenberg ($95)
ProTools ($700)
+ Connect as Podcast to iTunes
Public Radio Exchange
Listening
Mobile Audio
$250
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.
$100
$150
$40
Total:
$540
Resources:
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
**Exercise**
"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
@willcoley

Airmedia.org
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
r
+ 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:
bit.ly/audiosrole

will@aquifermedia.com
*Transom.org tutorial
bit.ly/tascamapp-howto
Tips for
Photographers &
Videographers
"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
@SonicTrace_KCRW
"Sonic I.D."
@WCAI_NPR
youtube.com/editor
PCM Recorder app for iPhone
Voice Memo
Listen Up!
More than half of Americans who go online listen to Internet radio services
*
Source:
"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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