Task 4: Submit to The Phono Project

Now that you’ve researched your recording, it’s time to revise and record your draft as a podcast and upload it to our collective publication, The Phono Project. In this lesson you will learn how to:

  1. Revise your written draft to be listener-friendly.
  2. Use Audacity to mix your spoken script with your cropped recording. [includes YT tutorial]
  3. Collect materials for your contribution to The Phono Project and publish them on your own WordPress site as Post #4.
  4. Create an author profile on The Phono Project site and publish your audio file and script there. [includes YT tutorials]
  5. Understand final requirements for this module.

1. Writing for listeners

Writing for the ear is really different from writing for the eye. Listen to this podcast from Howsound called “Sounding Like Yourself” to get a sense of what this means.

Questions to think about after listening to “Sounding Like Yourself”:

  • How does writing for sound differ from other kinds of writing?
  • Based on what you’ve found about your recording so far, how might you apply some of this advice?
  • What are your current sources telling you about your recording? How would you write from your current sources, but do it in such a way that it sounds like you?

(Optional)Activity: Find a peer or adult to read your script to — this does not have to be someone you are in shelter with. This could take place via phone or video chat. You could also share your script with them on a Google Doc. After you read your script aloud, have your listener do the following:

• Ask a question about the script.
• Suggest a place where you can cut a detail, an entire sentence, or combine sentences.
• Identify a sentence to rewrite for the ear.

2. Mixing audio in Audacity

In the video below I review some of the moves from Audacity you learned at the beginning of the module, including how to import tracks, cut/delete/move sections, mix the volume, and export to various formats. You can also access the Audacity files and final mix as a WAV file via this folder.

Activity: Try recording parts of your draft script, editing your script as you hear yourself speak it out loud. Use the trim, fade, and volume features to record a 20-second demo, just to get a feel for the program again. As you edit, you might ask yourselves the following questions:

• Were there parts that felt awkward to read?
• Is there a way to make the script more conversational?
• Were there are parts that were too long or pours out too quickly?
• What other revisions could you make based on what you hear?
• What do you hear when other students read your writing out loud?

3. WordPress Post #4: Soundcloud version of Phono Project

Now that you’ve revised your script for the ear, cut it to 125 words and publish it on WordPress as your 4th post. In addition to your script, your post should include a embedded Soundcloud version.

4. Contribute to The Phono Project

Step 1: Customize your profile.

  1. Log in. Go to http://phonoproject.com/wp-admin. Use your Rowan email address for your username and the password I emailed you. Note that sometimes the site has difficulty with multiple logins or if you enter the login info incorrectly. In that case you’ll get an error or message that the website cannot be found. If this happens to you, try again at another time and let me know about it.
  2. Update your info. Once you’re logged in, click the “Profile” link on the left and update your information: enter your first name, last name, write a short bio. You can edit this any time, but it will be tagged onto your post.
  3. Add an image. You can either use a Gravatar to add a picture (this would be associated with your original WordPress account from a few weeks ago) or you can add one with the Simple Author Box Plugin I installed there.
  4. Change your password and write it down. Finally, since you all have the same password, generate a new one for yourself so your posts are more secure. Record this somewhere so you can log in to the site again later.

Step 2: Add your post.

  1. As an “Author” status user in WordPress, you can write, upload photos to, edit, and publish your own posts; however, you cannot access other posts.
  2. To add a post, do just as you did for your blogs, click “+ New > Post” on the menu bar at the top of the screen. (Note: You can choose “Save Draft” until you are ready to publish it to the site.)
  3. Make it nice. Use the posts already there as your guide, but here’s what you need to include:

Title: Name/artist of the track (“Song Title” by Firstname Lastname)

Featured image: This image will be featured at the top of your post. First, find one on the web that’s clear and suitable (consider getting one from a Google Image search that is around 500 x 500 pixels). Most authors go with an image of the actual record or the promotional sleeve it came in. This is ideal, but make sure it is the 78 rpm version of the record if it was made after 1945 or so (when 45 rpms came out). Alternatively, a profile pic of the artist, the geographic location, something the track refers to might work. Then, click “Set featured image” from the menu on the bottom right and upload your image. Note that if you do not add a featured image, the home page will show a sad, blank white image in its place, like so:

Audio: Your mixed audio track as an mp3 or WAV file (preferably the former as the file is smaller). To do this, you’ll simply add it to the site through the “Add Media” button (top left) and insert your file. See gif below:

Script: This is the word-for-word final version of the audio that makes this post accessible to those who have difficulty hearing. You may include links, but that’s not required. Remember this must be all your original writing. Any phrase or sentence taken from another source must be quoted, though you are really trying to avoid quoting from sources as attribution is awkward when writing for the ear.

Bio: If you did everything correctly to customize your profile, your author box should show up automatically (that is, you do not have to add this separately!)

5. How you are graded:

Click the rubric to see how I assess your grade in this module. Everything is due by the end of the day on Wednesday, April 28.