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  1. Martha

    Instructional Redesign

    _cpzh4: Take one of the sets of assignment instructions and recast in in another form, being sure to preserve key information so that someone could follow your redesigned instructions and complete the assignment., _cre1l: Mashup, _d415a:, _d5fpr: Jason Green, _clrrx: 92, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>MashupAssignments92</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>MashupAssignments</a>, _d180g: 465
  2. Martha

    TIMCO Album Cover

    _cpzh4: I made an album cover following the instructions on the visual assignments page. My random Wikipedia page came to this: My Album title came from the last 5 words of this quote: “To love deeply in one direction makes us more loving in all others.” by Anne-Sophie Swetchine. It was fun creating this and designing the text on the picture., _cre1l: Visual, _d415a:, _d5fpr: Sofia Ahmad, _clrrx: 93, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>VisualAssignments93</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>VisualAssignments</a>, _d180g: 470
  3. Martha

    Spring Time Project

    _cpzh4: So I am working on a project for one of my classes where I take a picture of the same clock everyday for the Spring Semester. These pictures aren't really meant to be artsy, but rather show change over time. However I have run into a problem. The problem is that next week I will be going on Spring Break and don't have easy access to this clock. I thought it would be cool to have many people take pictures of a clock where ever they are that day and submit it to a Flickr Group. The group can be found here: So join and start adding photos! My only request is that for the Title you include the place it was taken and the date. This is mostly for organization purposes. Eventually I want to create a video of all the photos collected for this project. So if you want to create a short summary about something that happened that day, that is awesome too! I honestly don't know how this will work out, but I am excited nonetheless! Also I am including the link to my personal set in case anyone wants to look at that! =D, _cre1l: Visual, _d415a:, _d5fpr: b4ssm4st3r, _clrrx: 90, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>VisualAssignments90</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>VisualAssignments</a>, _d180g: 455
  4. Martha

    the contest nobody could win

    _cpzh4: Take six very short fragments (less than one second each) from six different songs and ensemble them into a single piece. Expect others to guess which six songs you have used. Basic rules: 1) do not repeat songs 2) do not use covers (unless the cover is much better than the original, sh*t happens) 3) John Cage's 4'33'' is not a song!!! , _cre1l: Audio, _d415a:, _d5fpr: procsilas, _clrrx: 89, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>AudioAssignments89</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>AudioAssignments</a>, _d180g: 450
  5. Martha

    Tell me a story

    _cpzh4: Everything has a story. So, find an item that you have an extreme emotional attachment to, take a picture of it, and tell the story! Convey all the emotion and feeling, and let us know why the item is important to you! , _cre1l: Writing, _d415a:, _d5fpr: Patrick Connelly, _clrrx: 88, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>WritingAssignments88</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>WritingAssignments</a>, _d180g: 445
  6. Martha


    _cpzh4: Lots of things today have warning labels. Create warning labels for things that exist only in movies or your imagination. <a href="">Examples</a>, _cre1l: Design, _d415a:, _d5fpr: Tom, _clrrx: 87, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>DesignAssignments87</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>DesignAssignments</a>, _d180g: 440
  7. Martha

    30 sec story

    _cpzh4: My name is Charlotte. I one time I was skiing and I fell and got a concussion. When I came to there were people around me and there was smoke coming from somewhere. It turns out the ski patroller who got the call about my accident drove her snow mobile up the slope with the parking break on and when she got off it burst into flames. I was ok and so was the ski patroller. Life lesson learned? Always wear a helmet when skiing and don’t forget the parking break on any vehicle., _cre1l: Visual, _d415a:, _d5fpr: Charlotte S., _clrrx: 34, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>VisualAssignments34</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>VisualAssignments</a>, _d180g: 175
  8. Martha

    Vox Pop(uli)

    _cpzh4: This is a fairly standard radio news segment in which the same question is asked of several random people on the street. The production involves a short set-up by the announcer telling the audience what the question is followed by the answers edited spliced together., _cre1l: Audio, _d415a:, _d5fpr: scottlo, _clrrx: 86, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>AudioAssignments86</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>AudioAssignments</a>, _d180g: 435
  9. Martha

    One Question

    _cpzh4: Take one open ended question. Ask a bunch of people. Mix and compile. This could be video or audio only. <a href="">Example here.</a>, _cre1l: Audio, _d415a:, _d5fpr: Tom, _clrrx: 85, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>AudioAssignments85</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>AudioAssignments</a>, _d180g: 430
  10. Martha

    Teenage Angst

    _cpzh4: Record yourself reading from a diary/journal/letter you wrote when you were a teenager. Try to capture the emotion and angst of the moment. Add music and sound effects, as appropriate. (Check out one of the TAL segements in the example for an idea of how this might sound.), _cre1l: Audio, _d415a:, _d5fpr: Martha Burtis, _clrrx: 84, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>AudioAssignments84</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>AudioAssignments</a>, _d180g: 425
  11. Martha

    Stranger Stories

    _cpzh4: This would be a hard one for me but I'd love to give it a go because I think the results would be fascinating. Walk up to a complete stranger and ask them if you can take their picture a la the <a href="">100 strangers</a> project. Also, using a mobile device or mp3 recorder and with the stranger's permission, record a brief conversation with them; get their story. Building on one of the ideas already submitted, add sound effects (or not if that enhances the storytelling experience best) to give it a textured soundscape. Try to keep it brief, 2 minutes might be too long. Mind you if the story is really compelling, well, you gotta learn when to break the rules too. (It might be interesting to speak with a homeless person.) Post the picture and audio track on, voicethread, flickr, or wherever you think you might be able to give it life beyond this assignment. Try to include a few lines about how doing this impacted you personally when you post. I wouldn't require this but it would add more depth to the experience. This should probably go in mashups but I'm submitting it in the audio section. , _cre1l: Audio, _d5fpr: Darren Kuropatwa, _clrrx: 79, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>AudioAssignments79</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>AudioAssignments</a>, _d180g: 400
  12. Martha

    Make’em Laugh!

    _cpzh4: Find a good, brief joke in a language other than your mother tongue; if you don;t know any other languages this might be a good way to start learning. Record your voice telling the joke focusing on pronunciation and try to make it sound as natural as you can with appropriate vocal inflections. Add a (cc) music track underneath (maybe from and a laugh track ( is a good source) at the end. , _cre1l: Audio, _d415a:, _d5fpr: Darren Kuropatwa, _clrrx: 77, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>AudioAssignments77</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>AudioAssignments</a>, _d180g: 390
  13. Martha

    NPR Style News Report

    _cpzh4: Create a news story similar to the ones you hear on NPR. These are typically 3-5 minutes long, include reporting, interviews, and sounds to give listeners a sense of the location., _cre1l: Audio, _d5fpr: Laura Blankenship, _clrrx: 76, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>AudioAssignments76</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>AudioAssignments</a>, _d180g: 385
  14. Martha

    Interview/Music Mashup

    _cpzh4: In the 70s, Dickie Goodman created a series of interviews where the interviewee responded with snippets from popular songs. They were hilarious. , _cre1l: Audio, _d415a:, _d5fpr: Laura Blankenship, _clrrx: 78, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>AudioAssignments78</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>AudioAssignments</a>, _d180g: 395
  15. Martha

    Wikihop Poem

    _cpzh4: Use Wikihop ( to entry two people who seem to have nothing to do with each other, than write a poem based on the connection results you get., _cre1l: Writing, _d415a:, _d5fpr: Lisa M Lane, _clrrx: 80, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>WritingAssignments80</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>WritingAssignments</a>, _d180g: 405
  16. Martha

    Prototype Online: Inventive Voices

    _cpzh4: A podcast series from the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. The series is primarily based on lectures, demonstrations, and interviews by and of renowned inventors and innovators sponsored by the Lemelson Center since 1995. It reveals the stories behind the inventions — motivations, successes, and disappointments — and highlights the persevering spirit shared by all who call themselves “inventor.”, _cre1l: Audio, _d415a:, _d5fpr: Dr. Nancy Rubin, _clrrx: 81, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>AudioAssignments81</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>AudioAssignments</a>, _d180g: 410
  17. Martha

    Seven-character Story Treatment

    _cpzh4: Create a seven-character team in the tradition of Justice League, Murder by Death, or The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and write a brief treatment for a potential movie or TV pilot., _cre1l: Writing, _d415a:, _d5fpr: Lisa M Lane, _clrrx: 82, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>WritingAssignments82</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>WritingAssignments</a>, _d180g: 415
  18. Martha

    Movie as Radio

    _cpzh4: Take a movie's soundtrack and reduce it into an under-10 minute radio show., _cre1l: Audio, _d415a:, _d5fpr: Lisa M Lane, _clrrx: 83, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>AudioAssignments83</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>AudioAssignments</a>, _d180g: 420
  19. Martha


    _cpzh4: My memories fade over time, but sometimes there is a song that can take me back to a place that revives the memories of my past. The song allows me to remember things I thought I had forgotten. So, for an assignment, pick a song that does that for you, and tell some stories about what you remember. An example for me would be to pick a song off of the Journey "Escape" album, and talk about the summer job I had cutting the grass for my high school the summer before my senior year. The smells, the grease, the noise, the sunburn, the boredom, the friends. In the assignment you might want to mix your voice over parts of the song, give an intro, tell the story first and play the song, break up the song with the story - lots of options. But nothing too long - my attention span is short. These would be great to post on ds106 radio., _cre1l: Audio, _d5fpr: Jerry, _clrrx: 75, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>AudioAssignments75</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>AudioAssignments</a>, _d180g: 380
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    Radio Dramas

    _cpzh4: I don't suppose that too many of you have listened to radio dramas (like The Shadow or The War of the Worlds)... well, they're often very silly. They can be ridiculous and over-the-top and they sound like fun to make. So, let's try it! Use audio clips from life or from the website for your background sounds, create a short script, recruit people to be your cast, and record a radio drama of reasonable length (long enough to get the plot across, short enough to listen to in a single sitting). If you find your radio drama is too long, you can reveal it in installments. , _cre1l: Audio, _d5fpr: Tempest, _clrrx: 74, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>AudioAssignments74</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>AudioAssignments</a>, _d180g: 375
  21. Martha

    A Day in the Life

    Let me tell you a little about today at DTLT. This morning a business student wandered in who wants to do something with photography. She’s an amateur photographer and she just wants a way to make art as part of her life at UMW. Her advisor recommended she come talk to us. We weren’t sure ...
  22. Martha

    Autotune Something

    _cpzh4: You've heard Carl Sagan. You've heard Bed Intruder. You've even heard Gardner Campbell autotuned. Now it's your turn. Take something not typically musical and autotune it., _cre1l: Audio, _d415a:, _d5fpr: Jason Green, _clrrx: 72, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>AudioAssignments72</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>AudioAssignments</a>, _d180g: 365
  23. Martha


    _cpzh4: Take the audio from one movie, the ambient sounds, a few words, etc. <a href="">Remix it into something entirely new.</a>, _cre1l: Audio, _d415a:, _d5fpr: Tom, _clrrx: 71, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>AudioAssignments71</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>AudioAssignments</a>, _d180g: 360
  24. Martha

    Uninteresting Story

    _cpzh4: Solicit an uninteresting story from a family member or friend. It is your task to try and make the anecdote as interesting for your listener as possible. When you post your story, reflect on the (un)interestingness of the story and why you believe it actually was worth telling. In other words, you are to record an uninteresting story and do everything in your power to make it interesting. , _cre1l: Audio, _d415a:, _d5fpr: Jim Groom (via Martha), _clrrx: 69, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>AudioAssignments69</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>AudioAssignments</a>, _d180g: 350
  25. Martha

    Sound Effects Story

    _cpzh4: Tell a story using nothing but sound effects. There can be no verbal communication, only sound effects. Use at least five different sounds that you find online. The story can be no longer than 90 seconds. , _cre1l: Audio, _d415a:, _d5fpr: Jim Groom (via Martha), _clrrx: 70, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>AudioAssignments70</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>AudioAssignments</a>, _d180g: 355
  26. Martha

    Georgia Rambler

    _cpzh4: This is another stranger interaction concept that I think would be interesting. It will take some guts. "In the 1970s a reporter named Charles Salter wrote a column for the Atlanta Journal called "Georgia Rambler." He'd get into his car, head out to some small town, and ask around until he found a story." Listen to the <a href="In the 1970s a reporter named Charles Salter wrote a column for the Atlanta Journal called "Georgia Rambler." He'd get into his car, head out to some small town, and ask around until he found a story. This week, nine of us go to Georgia to try it out for ourselves, in small towns all over the state. ">This American Life episode for examples</a> of the stories they found and how they found them. It doesn't have to be a small town but go someplace. Find someone you don't know with an interesting story to tell. Record it. , _cre1l: Audio, _d415a:, _d5fpr: Tom, _clrrx: 68, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>AudioAssignments68</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>AudioAssignments</a>, _d180g: 345
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    Audio Dream Stories

    _cpzh4: This is a variation off of AudioAssignments70: Sound Effects Story, except the main goal of this assignment is to create a story using only sounds (no words) found on the Internet that tells the story of a dream using audio. Restrictions: use only sounds from and a max of 2 minutes. Please remember to credit those who you have sampled. Also, please refrain from having 6+ "layers" in a dream. We all know from watching Inception that by that time, you're way beyond the normal dreaming mind constructs and into the subconscious., _cre1l: Audio, _d415a:, _d5fpr: Jordan, Andrew, & Colleen (Krollinghachy), _clrrx: 73, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>AudioAssignments73</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>AudioAssignments</a>, _d180g: 370
  28. Martha

    We’ve Found Your Match

    _cpzh4: Take a picture of one of your closest friends and put it beside their celebrity look-a-like. , _cre1l: Visual, _d415a:, _d5fpr: BRobenson, _clrrx: 66, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>VisualAssignments66</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>VisualAssignments</a>, _d180g: 335
  29. Martha

    Give Back to the World

    _cpzh4: Read a few pages for the LibriVox project (, record some sound and submit it to The Freesound Project (, do some spoken word and/or music and upload it to ccMixter (http://www.ccmixter.ortg). Creative Commons all the time. DS106 as radical, distributed service learning., _cre1l: Audio, _d5fpr: Noise Professor, _clrrx: 67, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>AudioAssignments67</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>AudioAssignments</a>, _d180g: 340

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