Composition 2: Text + (Image + Sound)

Media Aesthetics: COMM 309
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Composition 2: Text + (Image + Sound)

For your second composition in Media Aesthetics, you will be combining image(s), text(s), and sound(s) to create a message for your audience. The end goal is to use the sound(s) and the image(s) to change the meaning of the text.

I’ve broken the formation down into steps to help you get started:

  1. Select your text document (poem, verse(s), prose).
  2. Select images and sounds that are related but would cause the meaning of the text to shift (dramatically, humorously, awkwardly,etc). You may find that incorporating time into your presentation might benefit your plan.
  3. “Storyboard” your ideas by considering how order, positioning, and juxtapostion can play a role in your meaning.
  4. Create your document by piecing together these elements.
  5. Edit, Revise, Edit, Revise.

The tools in the Knight-Crane Convergence Laboratory can be extremely helpful to you in creating your composition. Let me know if you have questions or need technical support.


For your reflection on this assignments please consider some of the following questions to get you started:

  1. How well did the produced composition change the meaning of the text?
  2. What successes or frustrations did you experience as you created the composition?
  3. How did you decide what sounds/images/texts to include and what not to include?
  4. How did making this compostion change your awareness of the process of making messages? In the news? In movies? In advertising?
  5. Now that it is finished, how could you have improved the composition?