“There’s something happening here
What it is ain’t exactly clear
There’s a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware
I think it’s time we stop, children, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down” (Buffalo Springfield – For what it’s worth)
“Good morning Vietnam” blares from the speakers of the radio into the ears of the listeners. This is followed by a bunch of good music, which is intended to provide the soldiers in Vietnam with a zest for life – something they really need to get them through the war. The songs, and the radio show in general, are the young men’s lifeline home. Through the radio, it brings back some normality directly to them.
Auditory media are still big today. They no longer serve as just a way to provide citizens with the latest news or even play music. Today, there are also podcasts that pursue different topics: some deal with sexuality, others with the threat of climate change, and still others with mental health.
All of these have one thing in common: they want to tell us stories that go straight through our ears and into our heads. In this session, we’ll look at how you can record sound and tell stories yourself using your smartphone.
What can audio do?