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You can use sound as part of a larger project like a video production or a presentation. Sound can be used on its own for projects like podcasts or radio broadcasting.

Here are some tips to help make the sounds you incorporate in your project meaningful to the people who hear them.

  • Choose appropriate music, sounds, and “sound bites” for your project. Sound should enhance a project, not detract from it. If you find that the sound element is detracting from your project, get rid of it.
  • Treat voiceovers like presentations. Read your script like a speech.
  • Keep your podcast or radio broadcast short. Two to five minutes is ideal. If your professor requires a different length, then certainly follow his/her directions.
  • Record your audio in a quiet room.

Here are some tips to help you coordinate sound with other elements of your project.

  • Cut songs to the length of images.
  • Reinforce a change in narrative with a change in background music. For example, if you finish your discussion of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1990 with Springsteen's version of “Chimes of Freedom,” end the song at the same point that you end your discussion of the Berlin Wall.
  • Make sure that all songs are the same volume. You can “turn up” a song when showing photos or images, but you will want to “turn down” a song when you start your narrative again.

Further information

For digital storytelling assignments:

For remix assignments:

Remix examples

Sharing and using media ethically

media_basics/audio.txt · Last modified: 2015/08/11 20:09 by calvin