Workshop Unschedule


We will be prepared to adjust as we go, but we propose that the general flow of the day go something like this:

Intros, setting the stage.

Christina will share a short account of her own recent adventures from “absolute beginner” to dedicated sound enthusiast in the context of DS106.

What do we most want to learn?


What are your favorite sound experiences? We’ll capture them on this page. Feel free to add them as a comment on this page at any time.


What do we have in the room? What do we generally need to make audio that we enjoy listening to? What is available to us at TRU?

Capturing Sound

Overview of recording by Jon and others.

Exercise: ambient sounds around us

Basics of interviewing. Jon has heaps of experience here as well.

Exercise: break into groups, do short interviews with each other. Suggested topics include “why are you working where you do?”, “your favorite podcast or radio show”. While you are out and about, maybe do some field recordings as well.

[NOTE: Advanced users may want to break out from the larger group at this point, as we review the basics of Audacity and audio editing. Feel free to take on a challenge from the DS106 Audio Assignment Bank (we suggest a few of our favorites at the bottom of this page) or work with one of our DS106 Radio alums and start getting set up for live broadcasts. ]

Finding and importing files

A brief note on copyright, and where to find “copyright friendly materials”.

Introduction to Audacity.

Exercise: select a song or two from the Free Music Archive, or a few sounds from, import them into Audacity. Do not worry about editing and arranging the files for now.

Editing files

After a short demo…

Exercise: select an interview or field recording you did earlier in the day. “Tighten up” the file, to emphasize the best parts, remove intrusive noises, or otherwise edit it.

Mixing files

After a short demo…

Exercise: select an edited interview or field recording from the previous exercise. Add some intro or outro music, incorporate sound files, etc…

Check in

Let’s go back to some of the sonic favorites we identified earlier in the day. Do we think any differently about them after we’ve done our own experimentation? Have we thought of any new inspirations?

How do we want to spend the rest of the day? Here’s a suggestion…

Let’s make some art dammit!

Suggested challenges:

Tell a story using only sound effects: There can be no verbal communication, only sound effects. Use at least five different sounds that you find online. You might try The story can be no longer than 90 seconds. Another example (by a UMW student):

Create a TRU SoundCamp bumper (based on the DS106 Bumper Assignment): What is a bumper? It is a short recording that identifies the radio station with signature music or an expression that makes sure the listeners know what they are tuned into (see

Create a radio commercial for TRU, for your discipline, your course, or a topic close to your heart.

Beat Craigslist: Craigslist has some really interesting language choices in many of the ads, especially in the free section.  Find an ad that feels lyrical and odd enough to engage you.  Record it like a Beat poem. Add in jazz accents.  If you’re feeling really aggressive analyze your work as if it were intentional poetry.

One question: Take one open ended question. Ask a bunch of people. Mix and compile.  Example here.

Taking back spam: Find some spam. Could be email spam, could be comment spam, whatever you want. Read it aloud. Make it your own. Try to make sense of it or make it more absurd than it already is.

Or any other challenge from the DS106 Audio Assignment Bank.

Or any other audio artifact you want to make, though we’d prefer you were able to complete it by the end of the day, and be willing to share it here on the site!



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