Photographic Conceptualizations of Jarrad Henderson

Advanced Techniques: Step Afrika Audio Slideshow

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As part of my Advanced Techniques class requirements, I needed to find an audio  slide show which I thought was good grounds for emulating.  Ironically one of the audio stories I was most attracted to was about a group that performed at Mizzou not too long ago and was related to my Master’s project: Beyond This Place.  Step Afrika was featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” in 2003.  Narrated by Michelle Norris, this exciting audio presentation, took the best of the sounds of stepping and combined narration to create the audio piece which you can access by clicking here.  This audio is great because of the inclusion, but not over used, beat of stepping itself.  Along with the rhythmic beating of stepping, the addition of interviews provided balance in the audio.  Using this as an example, I am more conscious of the types of beats used in the background as ambient.  Had this been my presentation, I think I would have used a little less of the stepping because in some parts of the presentation, you can’t appreciate the sounds of the art.  This will be interesting when I finish the second part of my Beyond This Place Project: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. probate, which has some stepping in it.  Look for that soon. 🙂

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