Talking Digital Storytelling with Ames, Harley, and Courtney (on KairosCast)

May 24, 2015

First, thanks to these folks: Harley Ferris. Courtney Danforth. Ames Hawkins. I recently had the honor of helping out my friends Harley Ferris and Courtney Danforth with a recent KairosCast episode (No. 5) about digital storytelling. What a blast. Ames and I are always looking for feedback or ideas about our class, so if you have any thoughts, suggestions, or resources to share, we would love to hear about them….

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An Audio Review of the Focusrite iTrack Solo Audio Interface for the iPad

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March 28, 2014

This is just an audio version of a review of the Focusrite iTrack that I produced for the Center for Digital Storytelling. I’m just getting started with these tech reviews. I want to make sure to give a big shout-out to my good friend HARLEY FERRIS for producing the soundbeds at the beginning and end of the show! Production Notes… Microphone: Rode Procaster, via XLR into a Focusrite iTrack Solo,…

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Five Places to Find Great Audio Texts On the Web

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December 30, 2013

I listen to a lot of audio texts. On the train on my way into work. On one of my dog’s three 20-minute walks everyday. While I’m folding my laundry. While I’m cooking. On long drives. Every once in a while, I’ll commit to a nice long audio book (Dr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore was great!). But most often, I turn to podcasts. There is so much quality audio material out…

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“Seeing Her Right Back” – a flash fiction digital story

I’m still working to keep this summer’s storytelling moment. This week, I contributed this story to the “BackStory” project from the Center for Digital Storytelling. I’m also still experimenting with circulation across multiple platforms. Below are embeds from my four primary services at the moment: YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, Cowbird. (I’ve also decided that Flickr will be my primary source for sharing images.) Seeing Her Right Back from Trauman on Vimeo.

July 28, 2013
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The Center for Digital Storytelling – An Appreciation

I spent much of last week in Chicago co-teaching a workshop for the Center for Digital Storytelling hosted at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I’ve co-taught workshops for CDS before, and they never fail to surprise me. I think that’s what I like most about the workshops. Surprise. Discovery. It’s not that CDS re-invents the format every time they teach a workshop. In fact, most of CDS’s…

December 25, 2012
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Friends, Scholars, Businesspeople, lend me your ears: Storytelling beyond the book.

May 3, 2012

by Ryan Trauman   Soon enough, I’m going to really start making a case for power of storytelling practices and narrative theory for getting us to rethink certain parts of scholarship (read: the unassailable tower of logocentrism). But for now, I’m just going to hint at it, and to point you to an excellent blog post (“Why Storytelling Is The Ultimate Weapon“) written by Jonathan Gottschall for Co.Create.com. Gottschall is the…

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Friends, Scholars, Businesspeople, lend me your ears: Storytelling beyond the book.

May 3, 2012

by Ryan Trauman   Soon enough, I’m going to really start making a case for power of storytelling practices and narrative theory for getting us to rethink certain parts of scholarship (read: the unassailable tower of logocentrism). But for now, I’m just going to hint at it, and to point you to an excellent blog post (“Why Storytelling Is The Ultimate Weapon“) written by Jonathan Gottschall for Co.Create.com. Gottschall is the…

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Two instructors. A digital storytelling class. Challenges. Successes. Advice. Examples.

Last week, my good friend and colleague Dr. Tony O’Keeffe and I gave a talk at a conference here in Louisville (Celebration of Teaching and Learning, organized by the UofL Delphi Center and Graduate School). We had the privilege of being introduced by my dissertation director, Debra Journet. Tony and I spend most of the talk reflecting on the challenges and successes we encountered along with our students in a…

February 14, 2012
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Apogee MiC: A Review

MiC from Apogee: A Review from Trauman on Vimeo. STRENGHTS: Extremely Portable. Sounds fantastic. Great build quality. Cardioid pickup pattern. Device-powered. WEAKNESSES: No headphone monitoring. Records one-person at a time. Price (though a good value). RECOMMENDATION: For portability, durability, and sound quality, it’s a great option. You’ve probably heard that the best camera is the one you have with you. Your smart phone, even though it’s not the greatest, still…

May 28, 2010
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