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Sound and Story

ARTDES 374 .1


Credit Hours: 3
Course Fee: 75
Instructor(s): Frelinghuysen, Jessica
Schedule: MonWed 8:30a-10:45a
Modality: In-person


Fall 2021

There’s no one for­mat for sound and story to work together. The ques­tion isn’t, does the sound sup­port the story? The ques­tion is, how does the sound sup­port the story, and in what way? Inter­views, sound col­lages, dig­i­tal zines, audio instal­la­tions, per­for­mances with audi­ble ele­ments – -the oppor­tu­ni­ties for com­bin­ing sound and story are end­less. This class will inves­ti­gate how sound can enhance the things we make and how to bet­ter add both crafted recorded nar­ra­tives and exper­i­men­tal sound to our work. This course out­lines the basics of audio gath­er­ing and edit­ing, with an empha­sis on find­ing sto­ries well-suited for audio, elic­it­ing strong inter­view clips, and gath­er­ing inter­est­ing and nat­ural ambi­ent sound that sets the scene for the lis­tener. Stu­dents will pro­duce audio essays, sound poetry, oral his­to­ries and more as a start­ing point for their inves­ti­ga­tions. Stu­dents learn basic tools of dig­i­tal audio pro­duc­tion and out­put while explor­ing nar­ra­tive and exper­i­men­tal works. We will work both ana­log and dig­i­tally, learn­ing to craft, mix and then out­put our sound­scapes in com­bi­na­tion with other media. The tech­ni­cal skills learned in this class can be applied to sound design for video, ani­ma­tion, radio and mul­ti­me­dia sto­ry­telling as well as sound instal­la­tions and per­for­mance projects. FRE­QUENCY OF OFFER­ING: This course is offered occa­sion­ally in either the fall or the win­ter term. Who should take this course: Any­one who wants to use audio effec­tively as a mul­ti­me­dia tool.
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