From 21/9/2009 to 1/10/2009, I’ll be teaching the Digital Interactive Audio 20h course @ Tallinn University, as part of the Interactive Media and Knowledge Environments master program.
The course will focus on audio theory and digital audio recording / editing (using Audacity).
ADDITIONAL AUDIO THEORY LINKS:
BREAKDOWN OF PROGRAM:
21/9 – introduction to audio theory and digital audio
22/9 – sound editing, import and export
23/9 – mixing and recording
24/9 – effects
25/9 – exercises, discussion on assignments
29/9 – test, project development
30/9 – project development
1/10 – projects presentation
1. paper on introduction to sound, to be written during 29/9 session (text sent by e-mail)
2. recording and optimization
3. creative assignment
3.1 mixing the recording for a functional purpose – example: podcast
3.2 audio and effects creativity assignment – example: podcast trailer/ad
deadline for assignments – 30/9 (links to sound files sent by e-mail)
PODCAST ASSIGNMENT DETAIL:
Part 1 – recording, optimization, mixing
1. Record the voice component of the podcast (in English language), with the best conditions available.
2. Optimize that recording.
3. Mix it with a background track, creating a podcast.
4. Export it for distribution on the web.
5. The end result should be clear and appealing.
6. The total podcast should be between 2 and 4 minutes.
7. A list should be made of all effects applied and values changed (“effects history”).
Part 2 – creative use of audio
1. Create a 30 seconds trailer or advertisement for the podcast.
2. Use different effects and multiple sounds.
3. The end result should be persuasive and engaging.
4. Optimize the resulting file.
5. Export it for distribution on the web.
6. A list should be made of all effects applied and values changed (“effects history”).
Delivery and presentation
1. Audacity files should be well organized and tidy, making use of tracks and labels.
2. The following files should be delivered:
– original recording,
– podcast and podcast trailer audacity files, and dependent files, all included in a single zip file,
– podcast and podcast trailer final web files,
– podcast and podcast trailer “effects history” lists.
3. Files should not be sent by e-mail, but as links.
– Files should be uploaded to a server, a blog, or other social networking site.
– The links to those files should be sent by e-mail.
– Ideally, the files and results of the assignment should be presented in a organized and descriptive way (example: as a web page or blog post).
– That way, only one link would be sent, where all the files could be found and contextualized.
– My “sound” collection on LibraryThing
– 80% attendance