Saturday, November 25, 2017

Digital Humanities Club: Week 10

Chris, a high school student, works on audio mix.

There was head nodding. There was black poetry. Hip hop instrumentals, and even a few dance moves hear and there. Week #10, November 15, of our Digital Humanities Club was popping.

The previous week the students had worked on mixes of poetry. This week, they worked on mixing audio with instrumentals. The high school students had made the request to use instrumentals from popular songs that they had identified.

I had them write down song titles on a list, and I brought several of the instrumentals. During the session, they had the opportunity to mix the songs that they had selected. They were really interested in all the music they had chosen.

Earlier in the session, we gave the students an opportunity to listen to what they had produced the previous week.

Team leader Amelia Williams explains audio file setup to high school student.

Week #10 reflection from graduate student, Rae'Jean Spears:
Each week of the program I walk away saying it was the best week so far; but this week of the program was definitely the best so far. Last week, the students had an opportunity to choose what instrumentals they wanted to see included as options for this week. The result: pure excitement. The East St Louis students were so excited that the SIUe students working in the same library as us stopped their schoolwork and began inquiring about what we were doing with the program. After this week, I am certain that if the students walk away with nothing else from this program, which I am sure they will, they will walk away confident of their ability to create art that is worthy of being praised.
The East St. Louis Digital Humanities Club

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