Narratives in Sound
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Level: Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Media Studies
Course Number: NMDS 5534
Course Format: Studio
Location: Online
Permission Required: No
Summer offers a rich tapestry of sound as windows are flung open and barriers between indoors and the cacophonous soundscape outside are made more porous. In this course, students listen to a range of styles from varying "broadcasts" in order to understand the breadth of sound-only storytelling and the range of new radio genres. Narrative structure and audience reception are compared within and beyond the medium’s changed landscape including terrestrial broadcasts, random and regular online offerings and hybrid transmissions such as GPS-facilitated soundwalks. Productions invite students to experiment with form and narrative subjects by applying concepts from the Third Coast Audio Festival’s short documentary competition, “Neighbors,” and the “Radio as Flaneur-Radical Pedestrianism” approach from the podcast, 99% Invisible. Assignments challenge students to gain skills in interviewing, field sound collecting, recording gear usage, editing and material organization and story pitching. The breadth of the course is devoted to fully producing a narrative work suitable for an identified genre of airplay. The class is designed for those with basic audio production skills and access to tools (on-site at New School labs or via home computer/audio recording gear).
Course Open to: Majors Only


Open to Graduate students.


Open to Documentary Media Studies students.

Open to Liberal Arts students.

Open to Media Studies students.

Open to Media Management students.

Open to Media Management students.

Open to Musical Theatre students.