Storytelling Practice 1

Hello! Below is a collection of tape from Ayesha’s visit to a donkey sanctuary. Right-click the link and choose “Save” to download them if you’d like to play around with them.

As an exercise, listen to the clips and start thinking about how these clip can come together as a story. It’s a bit of a Scrabble exercise. You have all these pieces, but how will you arrange them and make them fit together into something that works?

For help getting started, consider the following broad topics:

– Donkey Health
– The Effects of Drought
– Volunteerism
– A Specific Person or Donkey’s Story

Don’t feel limited by these topics! You could choose any topic that enters your mind as you listen.

When building your story remember that you can do research, mix in other stories, and add your own writing and voice to fill in any blanks that might be missing.

Imagine that you only have:

  • Some tape on how brushing donkeys increases their longevity, and
  • Some tape from a volunteer talking about how much they enjoy working with donkeys

But you want to tell a story about how volunteering with animals is great for the health of both humans and animals. To fill in the blanks, you could do some research on comfort animals, include tape from other sources about other comfort animals, and then include your own voice speaking on how volunteering with a donkey sanctuary is great for volunteers AND donkeys. My loose plan for such a story might look like this:

  1. Tape of a volunteer speaking about how good it feels to help donkeys.
    (I have this.)
  2. Narration about the benefits of comfort animals.
    (I need to write and record this.)
  3. Tape about comfort animals being used to treat mental illness.
    (I need to find or collect this.)
  4. Narration about the benefits to the animals as well.
    (I need to write and record this.)
  5. Tape of a volunteer talking about the longevity benefits to donkeys of daily interaction, brushing, hugging, etc.
    (I have this.)
  6. Narration about the symbiotic relationship between volunteers and animal shelters.
    (I need to write and record this.)

I’m keeping track of what I have and what I need to create/gather. I might have some trouble collecting that tape about comfort animals, so I should be prepared to write and record that myself. Once I have all the clips I’m going to need, I can start writing transitions for every clip – but that’s a lesson for later.

So if you’d like to get some practice, try creating your own loose plan for a story using these clips and imagining whatever you might need to fill in the blanks in your story. Have fun!

Music Resources

Music is a tough beast to tame. It certainly doesn’t help that all that scary licencing stuff can get in the way. We recently finished a workshop on best practices for finding and using music, and here is a quick rundown of our suggestions to make it easier on you:

Using Music Legally.

  1. Everything is copyrighted, even small portions of songs. Only if a creator releases their rights can you use any part of a song.
  2. Seek out Creative Commons licenced music. Bandcamp is a great place for music hunting because many musicians tag their music as ‘podsafe’ or ‘creative commons’. Look for BY and SA licences, and avoid NC and ND licences. For more details, check out https://creativecommons.org/licenses/
  3. Ask permission! If you’re uncertain whether you can use a work or not, get written permission from the copyright holder. Many local artists are pretty happy to share, and they may even plug your podcast when they perform.
  4. If you are engaging in fair dealing (research, private study, education, parody, satire, criticism, review, or news reporting) then it is okay to use copyrighted materials. However: you may be challenged on this matter and have to defend your actions in court.

I decided to hunt down some music today and spent an hour or so perusing the ‘creative commons’ tag on Bandcamp. Here’s what I was looking for near the bottom of each album/song:

CC-BY Licenced Music.

cc-by I just need to give credit to the artist, usually in the form of plugging or linking back to their Bandcamp site. I can choose to licence my podcast however I like when using this music.

 
CC-BY-SA Licenced Music.

cc-by-sa I need to give credit to the artist, and also my podcast must be licenced using CC-BY-SA. This doesn’t prevent me from making money on my work, but it does mean that I can’t reserve the right to prevent others from making money using my work

 
The Results

I was able to find a few good/interesting artists. Below is the list I found today. I included a brief descriptions of the music and a 1 to 3 star rating based on my own personal taste. I hope you find it useful!

(Always double-check the licence on the song’s page before using.)

https://www.silvermansound.com/free-music CC-BY music from a variety of genres. **
https://howdypersephone.bandcamp.com/music CC-BY-SA experimental music. **
https://chriszabriskie.bandcamp.com/music CC-BY classical and ambient music. **
https://mermaidguitar.bandcamp.com/music CC-BY-SA acoustic guitar indie music with lyrics. *
https://chezmonplaisir.bandcamp.com/music CC-BY weird as hell, but sometimes nice music. *
https://hiddenverses.bandcamp.com/music CC-BY atmospheric music. **
https://stevecombsmusic.bandcamp.com/music CC-BY energetic synth heavy music. **
https://wiggyblotters.bandcamp.com/music CC-BY-SA effect and distortion heavy… music? *
https://composer-ben.bandcamp.com/music CC-BY-SA dramatic symphonic compositions. **
https://kevinhartnell.bandcamp.com/album/cc-by-sa-40 CC-BY-SA modern moody atmospheric music. ***
https://dronedog.bandcamp.com/music CC-BY drone music with monotonous lyrics. *
https://myuu.bandcamp.com/music CC-BY piano solo pieces. **
https://rozkol.bandcamp.com/music CC-BY industrial glitch and noise music. **
https://tellthepeopleistay.bandcamp.com/music CC-BY indie rock with fuzzy vocals. **
https://yarnaudio.bandcamp.com/music VARIOUS a collection of albums produced by various artists, many of which use CC-BY licencing. **
https://sansgluten.bandcamp.com/music CC-BY chill hip-hop and rap music. **
https://chillcarrier.bandcamp.com/music CC-BY bass heavy ambient chill. ***
https://ambientforfilm.bandcamp.com/music CC-BY ambient dramatic music. ***
https://soimanislander.bandcamp.com/music CC-BY-SA atmospheric music. **
https://thefishwhosavedtheplanet.bandcamp.com/music CC-BY upbeat modern instrumentals. *
https://atmosfera0.bandcamp.com/music CC-BY-SA distorted guitar-heavy Spanish pop rock. *
https://smilingcynic.bandcamp.com/music CC-BY-SA lively and varied music of various genres. *
https://n-e-b-u-l-a-s.bandcamp.com/music CC-BY-SA heavy electronic music. *
https://donswelt.bandcamp.com/music CC-BY-SA German electronic and hip-hop. **
https://chinoyoshio.bandcamp.com/music CC-BY piano solo pieces. *