Exercise 2: Listen


Listening is not the same as hearing and hearing is not the same as listening. - Pauline Oliveros

Successful listening is an active act, rather than a passive one. In 3 very different locations and for 15 minutes each time, make brief recordings of the sounds surrounding you, totaling 45 minutes.

For this exercise, you will need a Canon Vixia camcorder (or equivalent model) from TechCheck. Before you start recording, reformat the SD memory card in the camera. Instructions can be found on the Tech notes page.



Record three 15 minute sessions in 3 separate locations consisting of short sound segments (for a total of 45 minutes):

Save your completed audio with these specs: AIFF or WAV, 48k, 16bit or higher

Refer to the syllabus for subject matter that will not be accepted for projects in this class.

What To Turn In

In Progress

Record at least one 15 minute session and bring either your camera or it's SD card to class.

We will go over importing data from the camera, stripping the video, and exporting the audio in FCPX. We will then conduct the in progress critique using your exported audio.

Finished Work

Create a folder yourlastname_listen containing:

Prepare to present your work to the class in a 5-minute presentation.

Prepare for electronic transfer onto the instructor computer at the beginning of class.

Submit work by the start of class on the due date. Work submitted after the start of class will be considered late, incomplete projects will not be accepted; in addition, work not labeled according to assignment specifications will be subject to grade adjustments - see syllabus for breakdown of grades. Save your work as you will need all deliverables for your final portfolio.