Course code:



M - Intermediate

Class size limit:


Typically offered:

Upon occasion

This course will explore the process of narrative storytelling with sound. We will study a broad range of audio formats, from podcasts to audio installations to interactive soundwalks. Students learn each step of creating an audio story, from recording techniques and initial collection in the field or in archival collections through the writing to the final production of a podcast or audio piece. Students will learn the technical skills of digitizing audio and conducting interviews, scripting and writing stories based on that audio, editing audio and creating sound-rich audio productions in digital editing software. This class will focus primarily on digital material already collected in the field or found in local collections. These stories are from downeast communities in Hancock and Washington Counties and will build on ongoing collaborative work. Students will work in small groups and individually on each stage of production based on their interests as well as on ongoing projects. Opportunities exist to explore various forms of audio storytelling in a final project. This course is for students with interests in documentary work, storytelling, oral history, and community-based research broadly construed. Students will be evaluated on individual audio assignments (transcription, scripting, digitizing, and production work) as well as their contribution to group projects


Permission of instructor; preference will be given to students who have academic background in community-based work or documentary work or who are in their 3rd or 4th year.

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