SET Journal, 07/12

SET usually leaves Tuesdays and Thursdays for office work, but today was special–Mr. Wayne Marshall (not this one, but this one) is gracing us with his presence for the next 4 days, so we made the best of his time here and took him with us to Ft. Augusta.

The meeting today focused on audio production training for the inmates. Last week, Ft. Augusta had held a “Parent’s Day” for the juvenile inmates where the juvies performed self-written skits, sang, and danced for their visiting parents. Kevin was very impressed by the skits, so it is our hope that the Ft. Augusta ladies will learn how to do basic audio production and do some digital storytelling for broadcasting on SET FM and Kevin’s program “Unchained” on Roots FM.

While Wayne installed the necessary software on a computer, Christina went over the reasoning behind the upcoming spelling bee with the inmates. She explained that this year’s spelling bee will focus on words with Greek and Latin roots so that the participants will learn not just how to spell, but also where the words came from and what one can learn about the definition of a word from its spelling. The inmates seemed interested, and the logistics of the spelling bee were decided.

Then it was Wayne’s turn. He introduced the inmates first to Audacity, a free and open-source audio editing program that they could use to record their voices and mix different audio together, and much more. He recorded one SET member’s voice and used it to demonstrate techniques about maintaining levels, adding background music and sound effects, and dubbing vocals over an instrumental track. The inmates were visibly excited about this program and admired its power and simplicity.

Wayne then moved on to Fruity Loops, a professional riddim-making software. The inmates were even more excited about this program, especially when Wayne gave a small demonstration of how to build Techno, Calypso, Reggae, and Hip Hop beats. We are planning to go back next week for a follow-up, but there should be plenty of new software and excitement to tie the Ft. Augusta ladies over for the next few days. Hopefully, you’ll be hearing the fruits of their labor soon on this blog, so stay tuned!

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