Examples

Resources

Software Support

Source Materials

  • Internet Archive: Audio

Distribution

Methods & Approaches

Audio Essay

Audio essays explore topics using spoken text, audio interviews, archival recordings, music, environmental sounds, and/or sound effects. They can be structured using the conventions of argument and evidence, narrative devices, as well as poetic and experimental structures. Audio essays can make unfamiliar materials more accessible to new audiences and/or reveal new perspectives on familiar subject matters.

Software

GarageBand, Audacity, ProTools

Tips

  • Much like a written essay make sure that you have a clear introduction, thesis, supporting arguments and conclusion
  • Incorporate things that you cannot convey through a written essay. Sounds and/or music can be powerful allies
  • Write out a script, including a timeline, and where you would like additional sounds. This way you know what you need, and you can better judge the length of your piece, and its potential effectiveness.