Audio Essay Instructions

The audio essay maintains the integrity of the original sources by not taking the step of transcription. This ensures that the power of the human voice is preserved as you organize these sources to convey a message. The material of the audio essay should mostly come from the voices of your narrators, but you will also need to provide some narration using your own voice to link and ensure that the audio essay is coherent and follows a narrative arc that is easily understandable and persuasive. So, for the instructions listed below, you can accomplish each section by recording and using your own voice, or by sourcing the words directly from your interviewees.

Audio Component:

– It should be made clear to the listener that this audio essay will be discussing an issue related to Life in Montreal, and that there will be a variety of perspectives presented.
– There should be a clearly identifiable thesis statement in the first two minutes of the audio essay.

– Narrators: Each narrator should be introduced (either in their own words, or in yours) before his or her perspective is heard. There must be at least four different interviewees included in the audio essay. You may decide to use a variety of perspectives, or you may decide to choose narrators who have shared perspectives—perhaps they are all immigrant grandparents, for example.
– Each excerpt must be clearly related to the central message you are trying to convey.

– The central message that we can learn from your audio essay must be clearly restated at the end of your edited audio piece. This can be done in your voice, or by using a direct quotation from an interviewee.

– The audio essay must be between 25 and 35 minutes in length.
– The edited excerpts must be intertwined in as seamless a way as is possible

Written component:

The liner notes are a second-by-second account of the audio essay you have produced. They will be composed of the details of your sources, the transcriptions of your narrated pieces, and the explanations for every choice you made. Here are some specific instructions for each component:

  • For each excerpt: you must indicate exactly which interview it came from, at what time range it can be found in the original recording, why you chose this particular excerpt, and how it relates to the central message you are attempting to deliver.
  • For each segment of narration: you must provide a written transcription, though you may use the transcript provided by a classmate, if one is available for that section of the interview. You should also detail any secondary sources that you may have used to write the narration (in MLA format)
  • Be sure to clearly indicate your thesis statement (which should be found in the first two minutes of the audio essay).
    For each added audio effect (i.e. music, background noises, etc…): You must provide a citation to tell me what it is and where you got it.

Works Cited
– You must include a works cited in proper MLA format that lists all of the sources that you used to complete this audio essay. There should be at least two sources listed here, which means that you must have drawn from these two sources, and cited them somewhere in the liner notes.


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