are the SniteCasts?
Whether you're on the bus, at the gym, or in the park it feels
like everyone is plugged into one of those tiny MP3 players with
white ear buds. Usually they're grooving to their favorite music,
but listeners at the Snite
Museum of Art just might be learning about Abstract Expressionism.
These web pages feature a growing series of podcasts, audio
programs designed to be published online on a free subscription
basis. The first twenty "SniteCasts" were produced
by students in Chris
Clark's "Applied Multimedia Technology" class, offered
through the Computer
Applications Program (CAPP). Subsequent programs were done
by museum staff.
The SniteCasts are available at this
web site or through iTunes
and similar services. Listen on a computer or get the series and transfer
it to a media player, such as an iPod. Compatible players display a
small image of the art work.
About the student-created
Prof. Clark's students first received the title
of an artwork and a printed description. Their goal was to learn
about audio recording and editing, so students were not expected to do
extensive research. They did make a personal commentary, though,
and questions were provided. Clark required his students
to make high quality recordings, and thanks to a production grant from
for Creative Computing,
he was able to loan out portable digital audio recording equipment.
Students were allowed to recruit someone else to do the actual reading
out loud, and some chose friends with radio experience. The podcast project
also demanded a background music track that could be shared legally.
To meet this requirement, most of the students downloaded music from GarageBand.com,
a popular source of "podsafe" music.
Students recorded voice segments, transferred digital recordings to a
computer, and then used software to incorporate the soundtrack.