Listening and being aware of
the importance of sound--the cadence of the spoken word, the pitch
of a voice and rhythm of delivery, even the way one song segues
into the next--makes a critical difference.
Audio is too often
overlooked in the process of creating content. But whether you're
editing a documentary video or creating a website, effective use
of sound enhances the interactive experience and it is an important
part of my multimedia work.
To learn more about
sound and the internet, take a look at Sound
Design: Using Audio as a Creative Tool. Delivered at Museums
and the Web 2000, the presentation offers a review of good (and
bad) sound design, proposes ground rules for designing with sound,
briefly covers currently available tools, and offers a consideration
of the future potential of web sound design.
The presentation was a natural
culmination of my professional work with web design and my involvement
with music--unquestionably one of the most important elements
in my life. My taste
is eclectic but I seem to be especially drawn to what you might
call folk music, which I define broadly enough so that it encompasses
Dvorak and Delius, Vaughn Williams and Villa-Lobos, as well
as Mississippi John Hurt, Joan Baez and Dave Van Ronk, Laurie
Lewis, Bill Morrissey, and the like.
I play a
little piano (thought I might do a double degree at Oberlin back
when I was young and naive) and I tried to master the horn at
one point (only to despair of ever creating consistently the sound
I could hear in my "mind's ear").
One of the ways I share my enthusiasm
is through Nonesuch, a four-and-a-half hour Sunday radio
show that features "folk music and music in the folk tradition."
(You can hear it at 93.5 on WVBR-FM here in Ithaca, New York, or
on the internet through Real Audio; explore the Nonesuch
page for details.) I'm a regular host in the rotation and many of
my shows are special theme programs:
Music in the Folk Tradition
If you'd like to hear some audio samples and see a couple of my
playlists for this FM radio show, check out this link. You'll
I post my playlists to the newsgroup FOLKDJ-L at <FOLKDJ-L@lists.psu.edu]
I've also written and voiced
a variety of audio productions and radio spots for community
events, local festivals, and musical performances. Voice-over
work has included video narration for Cornell University, and
my own documentary work. Soundsample
Radio script writing includes
promotional pieces for Ithaca College and nationally broadcast
30- and 60-second radio spots for NatureWatch and Animal
Radio Scripts for FINGER LAKES PRODUCTIONS
: You can learn about the mysterious marbled murrelet, cute but
nasty butcher birds, how owls hunt "by ear," and just
what pecking order means in the sample scripts here.