“A picture is worth a thousand words”
A picture can tell so much, especially if it’s a picture that represents a time in your life. Imagine how much that picture would tell if it were connected to sounds, or your own words?
For this project, you’re creating an Audio Journal. Consider: What kinds of things would you mention in your journal that truly capture your life at this time? Imagine looking and listening to this as an adult in 5, 10, or 20 years. What most accurately captures the events, feelings, and moments of your life right now? What would you need to compose or say to truly create a picture of your life at this moment?
This is, essentially, what an audio journal does, and you’ll create one using Garageband. Think of it as a podcast (you’ll use some podcast features).
1. Finish the phrase “How it sounds to be…” with one of the options below:
a. 13 (or 14) years old (or whatever your age may be)
b. An AMS student
c. In 8th Grade (or whatever your grade may be)
d. TEACHER-APPROVED IDEA
2. Find a photograph that best represents your chosen topic.
3. Listen to the examples from NPR.org’s Protojournal Blog:
a. How it sounds to be 22
b. How it sounds to be 30
c. See Ms. Hoerner’s blog for links (search for Audio Journal)
4. Brainstorm ideas related to your theme and picture
5. Pick 4-5 sounds that would be essential to your journal recording
6. Plan how you’ll record those sounds. You can use:
-Audacity (free audio editing program)
-Record with your phone/iPad and bring mp3’s to school
-Use a school laptop (with Audacity/Garageband)
7. Write bit of dialogue for each sound that tells your listener what it is and why you chose it. Dialogue does not need to be too long, but speak slowly and clearly.
8. Record sounds. Each sound section should be 10-20 seconds, as well as a 10-15 second Introduction of you and your topic. You may edit your sounds as needed (shorter, longer, etc). Make sure you create smooth, logical transitions between your sounds.
-You may add some sound behind your dialogue or behind your recorded sound, but we need to hear some moments of your sound alone, too.
9. Use editing techniques in Garageband as needed (reverb, echo, compressor, etc.)
-Be sure to use ducking in spots with dialogue (brings the spoken track to the foreground)
10. Listen to your entire journal entry and edit. Listen more than once.
11. Turn your song into an Mp3 (Share–Export to disk–Compress/export as Mp3)
-60-90 seconds in length
-4-5 locations and sounds
-A picture (your own or from another source)
-5-6 Sentence summary paragraph (NOT recorded, just written–describe the inspiration behind your choices, your final product)
-A “script” of your audio journal (include dialogue…a map of sorts)
Listen to these examples from NPR.org:
How It Sounds to Be 9
How It Sounds to Be 22
How It Sounds to Be 28