How did Tim Broekema and Jon Waterhouse make 8 Soundslides audio slideshows in 4 days at Bonnaroo?

Bonnaroo 2013 by Tim Broekema


Last June, photographer Tim Broekema and writer Jon Waterhouse spent four explosive days at Bonnaroo getting photos and sound recordings to make audio slideshows telling insider stories. Neal Cohen of Superfly Presents had asked Soundslides to partner with Bonnaroo. He believed audio slideshows would tell the best Bonnaroo  stories because they can be very expressive and match the Bonnaroo vibe. Also, Soundslides is super easy and quick, making them cost efficient to produce and get online.

Afterward, Broekema wrote up some thoughts about the whole crazy process. Since another amazing festival, Burning Man, is happening this week in Nevada's ... Read the full story

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Savannah Hoover, Soundslides & Burning Man: Being an Artist in All That You Do

Savannah Hoover


In August, 2012, Savannah Hoover and her Sierra Nevada College classmates set out to Nevada's Black Rock Desert to build an art installation called "Project Overlook" for the annual culture festival called Burning Man. The students constructed a giant interactive piece, and observed as fellow "Burners" experienced the artwork. (Read about it in our last  Soundslides blog post.) Afterward, they recorded their experience in a Soundslides audio slideshow. We reached Hoover in New Mexico to get her reflections on her experience using Soundslides and being in such a unique Burning Man class.
What was it like to make the ... Read the full story

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Sierra Nevada College class creates Burning Man audio slideshow

When Savannah Hoover was a senior at Sierra Nevada College last year, she enrolled in an art class designed to build a gigantic  installation for display at the Burning Man festival. Burning Man is a cultural festival held over the whole week before and during Labor Day in the Black Rock Desert north of Reno, Nevada. Spreading across an ancient, dried-up lakebed, more than 60,000 participants set up "camp" in a pattern of concentric circles they call Black Rock City. The most creative of them spend weeks and months beforehand developing artistic installations that tend to engage viewers by ... Read the full story

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How to create a picture slideshow synchronized with audio

A common questions we get up front is, "Can we synchronize the exact transition point between images with a song or audio track?" The quick answer is YES. Most slideshow software tools don't give you tools to exactly control the transition point of each image along the audio track. This is one of the areas that Soundslides has excelled at for years.

Here's a simple video tutorial of the process:

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Strong narrative in audio recordings

NY Times - Audio Slideshow

The audio slideshow recording can be as powerful as jazz
Listen to the voice of the man recorded in this New York Times audio slideshow, "Social Worker with a Camera" by Sandra C. Roa. His monologue is like jazz; The intensity gushes and recedes; the sounds move from gritty to sweet; there’s staccato, silence, and some easy verbal riff. The tenor of his voice conveys even more meaning than the words alone do.

We are looking for more examples of audio slideshows in which the audio is as emotionally powerful as the photos. We want to showcase this great ... Read the full story

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Travel audio slideshow contest winners!


After a bit of a summer hiatus, now we’re back on the blog with the results of our spring travel contest.
Who won?
We are so excited with the artists and places we got to discover in our first audio slideshow contest. We discovered some wonderful places and cultures. (See below)

Winners were judged on the following points:

Did the submission adhere to the travel theme?
Was the theme clear and concise?
Did the audio support the images, and vice versa?
Was the sound recording clean and useful?
Were the images interesting, well-composed and useful?
Did the piece ... Read the full story

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