3/15 New Assignment! Listen to Radiolab

This week’s assignment is to listen to any full, hour-long episode of Radiolab, and report back to us in class. Tell us what you learned, and even more importantly, what techniques and production choices you thought were effective in helping to bring the story to life.

Good luck with your projects! Our objective is to have these finished by the end of next week’s class. If you need to do so, please book time in between classes to complete your projects.

We will be presenting these in class once we return from break, as part of our midterm evaluation. There will also be a written quiz as part of that midterm evaluation. Any of the things we’ve covered so far, such as mixers, auxes, busses, film sound terminology or the harmonic series might be on there, so please review! You can find resources for all those topics right here on OpenLab.

The Wikipedia page on the harmonic series might be  agood place to review some of the ideas we’ve discussed today. You’ll want to make sure you understand what the words “fundamental”, “partial” and “overtone” mean. (You can also find some more advanced reading on the subject here if you’d like to stretch your brain a little bit.)

For those who missed class, we watched the following two clips on Harmonic Motion and The Pentatonic Scale.

See you next week! Please arrive ON TIME. We’ll be spending most of the class working on your midterm projects.

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Remember to Complete Homework for 3/15!

Remember to get your new updated syllabus and Lab 3 assignment sheet/homework in the “files” section of this course.

If you missed class today, you missed these awesome-schlawesome videos:

Ben Burtt, Wall-E, and a Brief History of Sound Design (Video Part 1)  (Video Part 2)

Star Wars Episode II (Video)

Star Wars – Lightsaber Sound Design (Video)

Batman: Dark Knight Rises (Video)

And here’s a new one demonstrating the Haas Effect (Try it with headphones!): (Video)

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Study for Quiz #1!

Remember to study for your first quiz!

Visit filmsound.org and get familiar with the glossary on the right-hand side.

Also be sure to review the powerpoint slides under the class files to refresh yourself on some of the sound basics.

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Lab Assignment #1

Get Your Video Here:

Read about how to import the clip into Logic here:

Or in video form, here:

Learn how to edit sound in Logic here:

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First Assignment: Watch Video and Make Note of Sound Design

Welcome to class!

The first assignment is a very easy one. Please watch the following clip from the film Wall-E (it’s only 1:19 long) and notate instances of sound design throughout, just like we did in class:


Please mark at least 15 instances of sound added to the picture. Include the time, what the sounds is, and — where appropriate — any special purpose you think that sound may serve. Please have this list available in class on Friday.

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