Promotional video storyboard

*A 2-5 minute (max) PROMOTIONAL VIDEO for an invented object.*

-Alice, Simon and Nathier-


We live in a world where every action has a consequence in our environment, we are always eager to consume more and more and most of the time are not aware of the consequences on our planet earth. We critique this behaviour making a parody about destruction through everyday actions that have consequences and the outcome is similar to natural disasters. This is an environmental awareness ad.

Soundwalk at Tisch / Debrief


*Group members: Hye Ryegon Shin (Maria), Ayal Rosenberg and Nathier Fernandez.*


For our Soundwalk project, we decided on a concept of an “alien” wondering inside the Tisch building and finding itself at home, which is the ITP floor.

First, we tried mapping out the story and planning in what order the events will occur. We brainstormed a little and in order to figure out our arc.

After making some sketches, we explored the Tisch floors ourselves in order to find the spirit of each floor. After our tour, we had the impression that most of the floors were silent, almost like inhabited, which is a big contrast to our floor (4th/ITP). We decided on the 2nd floor because for us it also had a personality or spirit.

We then recorded sounds that most effectively captured the characteristics of each floor. Finally, on the ITP floor, we thought of recording not only distinct ITP floor sounds but also of students conversing in three different languages: Spanish, Hebrew, and Korean. (We chose those three languages because they were our group’s native language). Moreover, we thought that emphasized the diversity and spirit of ITP. To make our soundwalk clearer, we designed a series of maps for the listener to refer to.

We then moved on to Adobe Audition and started editing our recordings. To our disappointment, the volume of all our files was too low. We tried our best to increase the level and to decrease the background noise as much as possible.

For future reference, we’ve decided to make sure to use the appropriate mike and to set the volume as high as possible. Other than the volume issue, we were fairly satisfied with the result of our project.


Our Soundwalk to Tisch can be found here.



Soundwalk debrief


It was a great project to be part of, we learned a lot and on future projects will make some changes; like using the appropriate mic set the recording levels as high as the environment and the natural sound level of the room allow it. Also, to be more aware of the factors that might affect the recordings, like the wind or the movement while we were walking.

We try our own SoundWalk to see if our timing, sound and map directions were correct, but because we knew our soundwalk and tested it in the morning, we weren’t that conscious about how the ambience sound could change. The track sounded good for us when Tisch was empty but our piece didn’t have good enough levels to endure Tisch rush hours, lesson learned right there. next time will take the time to ask someone else to test the piece and give feedback.

Thinking about how to design the listeners’ experience and the interface of the walk was tricky. How to ensure that they would walk the path we planned for them – there are timed sounds like opening doors, etc. How to not make them look at the map every second and be distracted from their listening atmosphere.

We were all very involved in all aspects of the project through continuous communication, feedback and turns, although Ayal was very impressive in Audition. Overall, we were very happy with the result and with each other’s collaboration.


Passing stranger

*Soundwalk/ East village poetry walk*

I’m new to the city, and the East village poetry walk was the perfect opportunity to get a better look at this particular part of the city and it is just a few blocks away from NYU.

Getting to the starting point of the walk took me a while, I didn’t find the map that helpful, even though it had pictures of the places that you were supposed to be. Is not that I didn’t locate the street, is that I  got confused with the starting points. Often, going to a particular point in the map translated in a re-start of the audio (not to the audio that you were interested in hearing but the introduction one). Maybe it was a mix of clumsiness, poor cell phone signal, and web interaction. After several attempts, I decided the best plan was to take a good look at the map, make an idea of the walk, locate the start point and the end, let the audio run and go back beginning.

I didn’t know much about the New York School before the walk, how important the movement was for the city at the time (still, obviously) not only in the poetic or artistic scene but how it was deeply influenced by activism. You could feel the movement effect until this day, the spirit is very much alive on the streets.


The audio transport you to the 50’s, make you feel like you were there. I believe that was the most surprising thing. From the beginning, it’s a time travel experience; walking down the streets where the buildings haven’t change, the trees that are still there, The poetry project is still there. Somehow hearing this ghosts (narrator/poets/moments/happenings) floating around you, they make you feel welcome and part of the city, or an east villager at least. How sound could enhance the experience of an in situ visit, making it vivid and deep was remarkable.

And then the narrator said: ” Allen Ginsberg”, and I recognize him as the writer of the poem “Howl”, parts of the poem where recited. With red brick building surrounding me, I got dizzy… It was a little surreal. It was out of the radar to me, I wasn’t connecting the dots… I was just walking and imagining, but it’s only when there are subjects or characters that you truly recognize, that the experience is much more meaningful and rich.


*Passing stranger! you do not know how longingly I look upon you,
You must be he I was seeking, or she I was seeking, (it comes to me as of a dream,)
I have somewhere surely lived a life of joy with you,
All is recall’d as we flit by each other, fluid, affectionate, chaste, matured,
You grew up with me, were a boy with me or a girl with me,
I ate with you and slept with you, your body has become not yours only nor left my body mine only,
You give me the pleasure of your eyes, face, flesh, as we pass, you take of my beard, breast, hands, in return,
I am not to speak to you, I am to think of you when I sit alone or wake at night alone,
I am to wait, I do not doubt I am to meet you again,
I am to see to it that I do not lose you.*

Walt Whitman