Sonic Methods

The Digital Writing and Research Lab at the University of Texas at Austin is excited to announce the Digital Field Methods Institute (DFMI), an annual event that will offer new and established researchers opportunities to gain invaluable practice collecting, analyzing, and organizing digital data for publication. The aim of DFMI is to guide researchers as they cultivate techniques for responsible, accessible, sustainable, and inventive research projects that work with and through digital media.

Our inaugural institute, DFMI 2018, will focus on sonic research techniques and technologies, facilitating robust discussions about digital methodology, organizing hands-on practice with digital tools for collecting sonic research data, offering structured practice for processing that data for analysis, and providing extensive support in composing the work into scholarly forms suited for publishing sonic research.

DFMI 2018 will take place both online (July 2-6) and on-site at the University of Texas at Austin (July 9-13), offering a range of shared readings, lectures, discussions, media practice, editing workshops, and project consultations. Details about the program (including speakers and workshops), tuition cost, accommodations, facilities, equipment, and other logistics will be posted shortly.

General inquiries about DFMI 2018 should be directed to DWRL Director, Casey Boyle (casey.boyle[atsign]

Archive of 2018 Materials


2018 Schedule, Readings, and Useful Info (pdf)

2018 Online Schedule and Readings (html)

2018 Onsite Schedule and Readings (html)

Equipment Preview

Message Board



Map of Field Recording Locations

Recording Gear List


Recording Basics with a Zoom H5

Recording Basics II with a Zoom H5

Zoom F4 Multi-track Field Recorder

Recording Audio with an iPhone

Editing, Arranging, and Mixing
Sound Mixing in Audacity

Plosives in Audacity

Editing and Arranging in GarageBand

Editing and Arranging in GarageBand

DWRL Tutorial: audio editing with iMovie

Visualizing Sound