ESL GuideBook for the Studio Teacher

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POSSIBLE-SELVES

POSIBLE-SELVES
Sound Editing

 

Level: Summer ESL+M/ ESL low-intermediate to intermediate

Language Focus: Sound vocabulary +creative writing + future tense and subjunctive verbs (imagined actions)

Design Focus: Sound experience + sound recording/production+ digital mixing

Time: 6h. 20 min. (5h 55min. activities + 25 min. break/debrief)

Prep time: 4 hours

 

Lesson Description:

Starting with a warm-up exercise, the teacher introduces the qualities of sound, found sound, environmental sounds, and human perception. Students explore the idea of future selves—of imagined self and social identities—as a central concept for creative writing and to practice future tenses and subjunctive verbs. Outsourcing sounds—in combination with field recordings and foley sound production—students learn technical skills to capture quality sounds, e.g. field recorders, microphones, editing software. The teacher introduces technical sound vocabulary to guide students in self-assessing the quality of their collected sounds and to broaden their understanding of sound as it manifests in different spaces. Students produce their final project using a time-based sound editing software.

 

sound

sound/noun

vibrations that travel through the air or another medium and can be heard when they reach a person’s or animal’s ear.
“Light travels faster than sound”

 

Soundscape

“…a soundscape is defined as a space in which melodies, tunes, and riffs are received and interpreted by audiences, and in which the location of the listener shapes the interpretation of these sounds. The listener imbues the soundscape with individual meaning and relevance.”
Heiner Stahl, Berlin – Divided City, 1945-1989

 Jane Jang, Fall 2014

Lorelei Goude, Fall 2014Alex Joseph, Under the Shadow (trailer) sound design.
The Foley Diaries WordPress blog

 

FOR TEACHER:

 Readings:

“Crafting Soundscapes with Mobile Technology: There are Apps for That.” Jay Loomis

Creative Writing Prompts, TEDed Blog

“Illusions for stereo headphones.” Diana Deutsch

“Possible Selves” Hazel Markus and Paula Nurius

“Resonant Texts” Shannon Mattern, Sense and Society

“Soundscapes: toward a sounded anthropology.” David Samuels et.al.

 

Technical support:

Microphones: Design and Application (Chapter 4: pages 111-124 and pages 171-179)

Microphones: Design and Application (Chapter 4: pages 111-124 and pages 171-179)

 

Visual Aids:

TEDtalk:

Resources:

 

FOR STUDENTS:

Readings:

Handouts:

 

Worksheets:

 

Resources:

Crowdsourcing SFX website 

– Opensource Fresound.org (create an account/sign-in)

EAR|WAVE|EVENT Sound Journal 

Audio Archive 

UbuWeb/Sound

UCSB Cylinder Audio Archives

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