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iReport boot camp: Audio guessing game

It's said that video killed the radio star. That might be one reason why it's easy to overlook audio in media production. But sound can truly make or break a package.

 

This little game, third in the six-part iReport boot camp training series, is designed to help you create better audio and become more aware of the sounds in your environment. Here's how to play:

 

Find a place around you that features distinctive noises or sounds. Record an audio track 30-60 seconds long that reveals where you are; no narration, only natural sound.     Don't tell us where you are with text; let your audio do the talking. If video is all you can do, that's fine, but be sure to keep your lens covered so you don't give away the secret.

 

Send us your submissions, and we'll take a look at them and try to figure out where you are. Can't wait to see what you come up with.

 

For inspiration:

* Learn audio tips from CNN Radio's Steve Kastenbaum.
* Check out the One Minute Vacations project for ideas on how to use lush, atmospheric sound to create a sense of place.
* Urban Remix is a project at Georgia Institute of Technology featuring recorded sound in the urban environment, arranged by location.

 

UPDATE: This assignment is now closed. Thanks to everyone who participated! View the archive of the live roundtable discussion to see Steve's take.

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