GitHub and Git; Intro to Sound unit
Texts to have read/watched:
- Git and GitHub for Poets, starting at least with the Introduction
Work to have achieved:
- Download and install what you need to use Git at the command line
Plan for the day
- GitHub for Poets review (25 min)
- First project: Soundscape Narrative (20 min)
- What Git does better than GitHub (5 min)
- Very Brief Intro to the Command Line: going behind the scenes (but the usual scenes)
- A little command line setup for Soundscape Narrative
- HW Preview
1. GitHub for Poets review (25 min)
Okay, so back to full-class discussion. What stands out?
2. First project: Soundscape Narrative (20 min)
As I explained in the syllabus, your first project is to arrange layers of sound to convey a sense of place and story. In assigning this, I have two main goals for you:
- to learn how to capture sound and edit it using digital tools, and
- to explore the affordances of sound as a medium,
with particular attention to its ability to communicate
- immersive environment and
- narrative pacing and change.
Let’s read through this together.
3. What Git does better than GitHub
As you’ll have learned from the videos, GitHub is a (mostly web-based) file-sharing and project-management platform built on top of Git – the version control system that runs mostly on text commands. GitHub’s pretty, well, pretty.
Okay, with that settled, it’s time to clone the repository you just created: that is, let’s download it and make sure we’re still tracking it with the same Git commit history.
Then, let’s make two changes in the same commit: rename the README.md file to ASSIGNMENT.md, and create a new README.md file that describes, in your own words, what you think you might make in this space. (Don’t worry, you can always change it later.)
4. Very Brief Intro to the Command Line: going behind the scenes (but the usual scenes)
Much as a repository is just another name for a file folder you’re tracking, the command line is just another way of seeing the files you’re used to seeing in windows. (Lowercase ‘w.’)
To get where you’re going:
cd path/to/your/folder # change directory ls # list directory contents
Download the folder, preserving the connected history:
git clone %clone_url%
Core commands you’ll need often:
git status git pull # download changes from GitHub git status # start of loop git add %filename% git status git commit -m "your headline commit message" -m "your optional extra details, if you want them, just go in a second message." # repeat loop as desired git push # publish your changes
5. A little command line setup for the Soundscape Narrative
Armed with that primer, let’s do one more thing at the command line before you go out and start recording and editing soundscapes.
HW for next time:
- Read the following advice on sound recording, listening to the embedded clips:
- Fowkes, Stuart. “The Top 5 Things You Need to Make a Great Field Recording.” Cities & Memory: Field Recordings, Sound Map, Sound Art, 13 Aug. 2014, https://citiesandmemory.com/2014/08/top-5-things-need-make-great-field-recording/.
- MacAdam, Alison. “6 NPR Stories That Breathe Life into Neighborhood Scenes.” NPR Training, 30 Oct. 2015, https://training.npr.org/audio/six-npr-stories-that-breathe-life-into-neighborhood-scenes/. (Note the time skips she recommends: sometimes a long clip is embedded, but not meant to be listened to in full.)
- Listen to the following recordings made by students in response to a similar prompt:
- Cestare, Jessica. “Soundscape - The Dark Side of The Cat in the Hat.” Digital Media and Pedagogy Showcase Spring 2018. http://dmap.pitt.edu/node/176. Accessed 15 Jan. 2019.
- Funke, Taylor. “Soundscape - Day In: Day Out.” Digital Media and Pedagogy. http://dmap.pitt.edu/node/177. Accessed 15 Jan. 2019.
- Wick, Thomas. “Soundscape - Expedition to Planets Unknown.” Digital Media and Pedagogy Showcase Spring 2018. http://dmap.pitt.edu/node/178. Accessed 15 Jan. 2019.
- White, Zach. “Soundscape - Expanded Space.” Digital Media and Pedagogy Showcase Spring 2018. http://dmap.pitt.edu/node/195. Accessed 15 Jan. 2019.
- Listen, as well, to the following audio tracks from the first few minutes of successful TV dramas:
- Write a short blog post on the issue queue: What do you notice, i.e. what stands out while reading or listening? What does that suggest, or what does it make you wonder?