Audio Project Workshop Outline

Audio Projects

 A Few Suggestions
Start to think of audio as a literary medium and as a potentially visual medium

General Rules for Telling a story with Audio:

  • Show, don’t tell – use tape over narration when possible
  • Ideally, one of two things is happening – either we are in a scene, or someone is telling a story
  • The best radio (audio) is people talking about people

Workshop Outline

Overview of Project
Audio Samples (What elements are we hearing?)


Audio recording (checking out equipment from OIT) 4th floor of Morgan Hall
Garageband and Audacity


  • Test your equipment
  • Get close
  • think about other sounds in the environment
  • Don’t talk over your subject
  • Will you want to use your questions? – then make sure you speak into the mic when you ask them
  • Think about how you plan to use this – do you need them to identify themselves?

Other Field Recording/Scenes

Think about and look for audio that “acts as a verb” it’s what can create audio documentary that really works – putting yourself in situations where something is happening, not just someone talking
Introducing a character – how do we get to know them?

  • Go to their workplace, their home
  • an environment unique to them
  • walk and talk

Listen for discrete, interesting, unique sounds – the more specific and identifiable- the more evocative – you want to create a sense of place, mood and time.
The importance of ambient sound
Creating a scene with sound can also make a point often better than narration

For additional information:

Digital Media Bar
Andrews Library CoRE
Open 1-10PM Sunday – Thursday and noon- 5PM Friday

Emily Armour
Educational Technologist
Morgan 403
ext. 2242

Jon Breitenbucher
Director of Educational Technology
Morgan 403
ext. 2207