For the next two weeks our class will be exploring the use of audio to create projects and tell stories. In class yesterday we got off to a good start with a foley artist project blitz in class working together to perform live a soundtrack for Charlie Chaplin’s Lion’s Cage. This assignment was completed by students in Jim & Alan’s UMW sections of ds106.
We introduced the class to the art of foley by watching this great one minute video produced by the LA Times as well as legendary sound designer Ben Burtt (Star Wars, Indiana Jones) describe the history of foley art in early Walt Disney animation. After that, the class was divided into four groups and given 20 minutes to explore ways to create sound, allocate roles for performance, and do some quick rehearsing. It was a lot of fun to see what kinds of tricks students pulled out of their pockets and from the hallways of York College to produce sound – newspapers, keys, nylon backpacks, a tray from a planter, a doorstop weight, and more…
Each group performed in sequence 50 seconds of the soundtrack while I walked around the room recording with a microphone attached to my iPhone. Below are the results of the two groups, which I think each had some great moments of creativity.
Assignments for the next two weeks:
1. The same group with which you explored foley will be your group with which you will create a 20 minute radio show of any variety, theme, topic, and/style you want. By Monday 03/12 10PM you will need to collaboratively create a 30 sec bumper/teaser for your show and post it to your blogs. Only one student need upload the file to Soundcloud, and each of you should embed it to your blog and describe your role in producing it.
Please have a look at the ds106 page for additional description and links to some examples of bumpers and shows created by previous students. The final 20 min show is due by Sunday 03/11 at 11:59PM, again only one student need post the file to Soundcloud, but everyone needs to blog about their experience creating the show and embed the file in the post. We will be broadcasting your shows Monday 03/12 on DS106Radio for a live show.
In a comment on this post, please let me know your group’s name, show topic, and the members of your group. If you don’t already have a group, use the comments on this page to find one to join by asking to get in on one, or by creating your own and inviting others.
2. You will also be exploring the audio assignments bank and doing 15 stars worth of assignments over the next two weeks. I would like everyone to do the three star sound effects story assignment during this time. Read the post I wrote last semester describing the main tools needed to do sound projects. It talks about recording, sample sources, editing, and publishing tools.
And the title of this post is inspired by Bob Dylan infamously dismissing the majority of modern music since his time saying, ‘the radio makes hideous sounds.’ Well I say in response, let’s turn these two weeks ‘up to eleven.’