MUSC-251 Audio for Documentary
Offered academic year 2015-2016
Makers of documentaries need to capture evocative audio in often-unpredictable circumstances on location as well as in more controlled studio settings, whether the end product is audio-only, video, film, or a Web slideshow. So it’s helpful to know how to record voices and other sounds cleanly and use those recordings successfully. This course will focus on making high quality audio recordings of interviews, oral histories, and spoken-word events. We'll also cover capturing ‘soundscapes’ of locations ranging from pristine natural environments to the ‘sounds of civilizations’ emblematic of various human cultures.
Spoken word and location ambiance recordings, rather than music, will be the primary focus of this course. But location recordings of music in the context of ethnographic documentation would also benefit from the techniques taught here.
While part of the course will cover basic post-production skills for improving problematical audio in audio and video software programs, stronger emphasis will be placed on methods for the initial capture of clean, intelligible and compelling sound recordings.
The class will be taught using the facilities and field recording equipment of the Gelardin New Media Center at the Lauinger Library and the Department of Performing Arts. Class size will be limited to twelve students due to infrastructure limitations.
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