OHMA 2016 Exhibit 4

Edited Audio Pieces

Student Projects from Fieldwork Class
Spring 2016 & 2017

All OHMA students learn to use Hindenburg audio editing software in our Fieldwork, Production and Archiving course. After an introduction to the tool, they are asked to create a 2-3 minute audio piece using the oral histories they’ve recorded. This can be a barely-edited clip or a heavily-edited montage, one voice or many, narrated or not, with music and sounds or voices only.

Each student plays their draft piece for the class and guest audio instructor Michael Garofalo, Executive Producer for StoryCorps, provides comments. We ask ourselves questions like:

  • What kinds of stories can we tell in 2-3 minutes?
  • What kind of editing is ethical?
  • Are these ethics different in audio than in print?
  • How do we provide context for a short audio piece like this?

Based on the feedback they receive, the students create a final draft to hand in. This year we chose a few of our favorite pieces to share online. Enjoy!

– Amy Starecheski, Ph.D., OHMA Co-Director

The Reality of Love (2015), Sara Jacobs

The Reality of Love (2015), Sara Jacobs

Home (2015), Meghan Valdes

Home (2015), Meghan Valdes

Memory of a Boy Soldier (2015), Christina Pae

Memory of a Boy Soldier (2015), Christina Pae

Existential Cathexis: Patriotism (2015), Geraldo Jay Scala

Existential Cathexis: Patriotism (2015), Geraldo Jay Scala

Between Detroit and Liverpool (2015), Bud Kliment

Between Detroit and Liverpool (2015), Bud Kliment

An Excerpt from Finding Fathers: An Oral History of Uncertainty (2016), Emma Courtand

Finding Fathers (2016), Emma Courtland

A Radio on One’s Own: The History of ‘Radio Donna’ (Visiting Scholar, 2016), Paola Stelliferi

A Radio on One’s Own: The History of ‘Radio Donna’ (Visiting Scholar, 2016), Paola Stelliferi

Claudia’s Coming Out Story & Finding Love (2016), Steve Fuchs

Coming Out & Finding Love (2016), Steve Fuchs

Secrets of Giving (2016), Shira Hudson

Secrets of Giving (2016), Shira Hudson

No Goodbye (2016), Xiaoyan Li

No Goodbye (2016), Xiaoyan Li

  • Chicago/Turabian Student Theses: StudentLastName, FirstName. “ThesisTitle.” Oral History master's thesis, Columbia University, YearofPublication. Student Audio Pieces: StudentLastName, FirstName. “AudioPieceTitle.” Oral History Works. Audio interview excerpt, NarratorFirstNameLastName, DateofPublication. SoundCloudURL. © All rights reserved to author.