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Audio Storytelling: rough draft

After working on this project, I understand what Ira Glass meant when he said most of the time writing an audio story depends on the recording stage. But I’ll get back to that.

The purpose of this project is to share a pledge’s story about joining FarmHouse Fraternity and, through the process, reveal what FarmHouse is about and what it’s like to be a member. I interviewed Aaron, of course, and a few members of the house, in order to create a multi-perspective story.

Right now a lot of the audio is still raw, but I’m starting to tie it together with narration to make it a more cohesive story. As you may notice, the story ends with a cliff hanger: Aaron grades will keep him from joining the house. The last few minutes of my project will be completing the story and how Aaron has decided to pledge again because FarmHouse has become home to him, and he can’t imagine leaving. Through the last few minutes I hope to tie in some comments from Aaron’s big brother, Jared, and the pledge educator, to discuss the issue to grades and encouraging academics in our house.

Right now there are some obnoxious gaps in the audio, and I intend to fill that will background music (mostly classical, and a dance-style song during the discussion of parties). If I get far enough, I want to start to play with some ambient sound I’ve been recording (such as the whole house saying The Object, playing video games, serenading a sorority, eating dinner). This will create more of an audio collage, which we’ve talked about some in class.

One huge problem I need your help overcoming would be filling in the audience on “Greek” terminology that regular people may not know (such as, what is the Object, Greek Row, pledging, etc.). I’ve already thought of a few, but if you could point them out, I’m sure I’ve missed something.

2 responses

  1. I am one of those kids that decided greek life is not for me! 😉 so I like how you want to incorporate in some of the greek terminology. I always think its interesting to hear about which houses have what reputation on campus so I don’t know if that really goes with your theme but it might keep it interesting. Or maybe let people know what goes on in houses besides the pranks and parties? (again I don’t know what I’m talking about when it comes to greek so ignore me if all that sounded stupid haha) Overall I think your doing really well though!

    October 27, 2011 at 4:40 am

  2. Eric,

    Like you’ve said, aside from the pauses, this sounds pretty professional. My thoughts?The clip coming in at 33 seconds is a little awkward, I think it needs a transition. I feel like the middle of your piece is strong and very well edited. Also, you could try to add some “atmosphere”. What I mean is adding some underlying sound effect driven audio. Like people talking during the part when he shows up to the party, or some action sounds during the nerf fight. I would also add some background audio throughout, like an instrumental or ambient noise.

    Overall, good story and not bad editing. However, the story kind of just cuts off at the end. I’m sure you’re still adding more, but just make sure the final cut doesn’t end so abruptly, you should say something to credit yourself as the producer like “This is Eric Francavilla signing off” but with a connection to the story.

    Again, overall its good, just needs a few tweaks and you’ll be good to go

    October 27, 2011 at 5:44 pm

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