Here are some audio productions from our first six-week Transom Online Workshop (TOW). The goal is to stimulate basic interviewing, audio recording, and story structure skills, and get learners out talking to strangers. From their second assignment, Audio Interviews:
Same as the first assignment, but in a different medium: Using an audio recorder and microphone ask seven strangers, “What are you afraid of?” Ask follow-up questions. Try to get a story with a beginning, middle, and end.
Take a photograph of the interviewee.
Choose the most interesting interview and edit the audio down to less than two minutes in length with a beginning, middle, and end.
“Andrew, New Father” by Kate Montague: A new dad shares his feeling about becoming a parent (music: Poddington Bear “Biplanes”).
“Imaginary Izzy” by Tess Lawley: Izzy recounts her history of imaginary fears and friends.
“Valcrisley’s Confidence (while fixing an elevator)” by Luis Henrique- Translation: 1. “Testing, testing.” 2. “What am I afraid of? Losing my job and ending up with no money.” 3. “Being employed is your main concern in life?” “No, it’s not my main concern. My main concern is the lack food at home.” 4. “Can you tell me your first name?” “Valcrisley.” 5. “Do you sleep calmly?” “What?! Easily.” 6. “If there’s work to be done, the rest runs smoothly.”
“Electricity” by Ivy Tzur: Adolpho has an electrician’s fear of electricity.
“Henry Thinks About Fear” by Meredith Johnson: Henry is a musician, a carpenter, and a father (music” “Interlude,” by his band the Spindles from their 2009 album Picture in Picture, used with permission).