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A REVIEW OF CONTEMPORARY MEDIA

 

Notes

1. Though the application of sound to Peirce’s signs is my own, the discussion of Peirce and semiotics agrees with parsing of Peirce in Stam, Burgoyne and Flitterman-Lewis.

2. Though iMovie displays only two tracks for audio, audio clips may be laid over other audio clips. Because this makes for a confusing edit, beginners only utilize two or three pieces of audio at a time. To work with audio in iMovie: digitize recordings from the camera. These clips come in with image and sound. Cut and paste clips from the Bin into the tracks below. Extract audio and unlock audio and picture. Finally, delete picture. Now audio exists in iMovie as a clip in and of itself which can be moved around the track (but not stored in a bin as audio only, unfortunately.) Under preferences, one may select to see clips as "audio waveforms.’

3. Test’s piece is also noteworthy because of his application of pitch shifting. During the course of the interview, the documentarian’s voice shifts in pitch to "become" the voice of the participant. Test used this method to reveal how audiences unquestionably trust the facts presented by documentarians. Test continued the ideas put forth in this project in a sound project produced as an honor’s thesis in 2004.

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