Brief summary of activityThe participants walk around in the neighborhood of the training place and record ambiance sounds – traffic, street noises, chatter...
Aim of the activityThrough the exercise the participants get acquainted with the basics of making recordings and they learn how the added ambient sounds can change the atmosphere / listenability of an interview.
Expected OutcomesThe participants learn the basics of using a portable recorder and discover how to tell a story by only sounds, how to present an interview in a more vivid way.
experience and skills requiredNo special experience required.
infrastructure, setting, resourcesAt least one portable recorder for 2 trainees.
Length30 minutes for making recordings then 15 minutes for analysis and discussion.
How the activity should take placeThe trainer shares the portable recorders, show them how to use the devices (record function, sound leveling, recording distance, etc.) then ask the trainees to walk around in the neighborhood of the training place and record at least 5 different sounds that they may find interesting or typical in that place.
The trainees can walk in pairs as well – in this case one recorder should be given to two persons. After 30 minutes the participants come together and they listen to the recorded materials – they try to identify the sounds. While listening, the trainer points out the importance of using different background sounds – the participants talk shortly about the different types of interviews as well – where and how the added ambient sounds fit in an audio material. This conversation triggers the exercise of interviewing.