The short audio/podcast assignment

The basics:

Using Audacity (though see below), create a 5 minute or so audio/podcast that is either in the theme of a “This I Believe” audio essay or in the theme of a “Story Corps” interview. Your audio/podcast must include some creative commons licensed “mood music” to accompany it. The deliverables here are the audio online someplace (see below) where you’ll share a link and a memo about the project.

Some more details:

  • The subject of your short audio is really up to you, though I think both the “This I Believe” essays and the “Story Corps” projects are potentially good ideas. You could do record an essay (pretty straight-forward), or you could conduct an interview, or you could do something a little different. If you’ve got questions, ask!  Keep them short– somewhere between 3:30 and 5 minutes.
  • You don’t have to use Audacity– you could use something like GarageBand, for example– but keep two things in mind. First, Audacity is what I’ll “support” and kinda/sorta show you how to use. If you use something else, you’re more or less on your own. Second, you need to be able to do some editing here, so if you use something too simple, you might not be able to accomplish the assignment.
  • For the music, you have to either make something or use Creative Commons “share and share alike” content.  We’ll talk more about this as the term goes on, but here’s a link to a site where you can search for sounds and music like this.  You’ll also want to credit your music someplace too.
  • As for how to share this: we’ll talk about this in class, but the two places I’d suggest are either Soundcloud or (believe it or not!) YouTube.  The idea though is to post this someplace where everyone can access it and listen to it.

9 thoughts on “The short audio/podcast assignment

  1. Tracey Sonntag

    I’m kicking around ideas for this assignment… I have some short fiction / essays from a creative writing class, maybe I could rework and then read one of those. The idea of having my voice out there on the Internet is freaking me out more than I would have expected, even though I know it’s already out there on my Narrable. Ah well, god hates a coward, mirite?

    1. skrause Post author

      Well, that will probably not work for two reasons. First, I’d like you to write something/interview someone specifically for this assignment. Besides the generally problematic issue of “recycling” homework, I think you’ll find that there’s a difference between a “script” or “audio essay” meant to be heard and something meant to be read alone and silently. Second, no fiction. These are supposed to be true. Or maybe “true” is a better way of putting it.

      If you haven’t ever heard from the “This I Believe” or “StoryCorps” pieces before, you really should go and take a listen. Maybe we’ll play a couple tonight.

  2. Tracey Sonntag

    Okay, so we definitely need more than one voice, then? I’ve heard both types of podcasts, and that seems to be the common but I guess I was leaning more toward a This American Life episode. I’ll keep thinking on it.

  3. Danielle

    I’m trying to figure out the same thing, Tracey. I assumed it’d go in the dropbox on EMU online, but I don’t see a section for the Podcast assignment anywhere in the dropbox, so I’m not sure.

  4. skrause Post author

    Tells you what I know: I hadn’t thought that far! :-)

    Let’s do both: what I mean is let’s post links to projects on the site (I’ll set up an entry for that) to make the peer review process easier, but also post a copy of the link along with a project memo about the project to emuonline– that’s so I can review it and assign a grade to it. Does that make sense?


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