Elevating sound to tell a story

08/15/2024 - 08/22/2024
12:00pm - 1:30pm EST
Online Workshop
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Podcast- and radio-makers fear dead air. This class is a guide to elevating the beauty and curiosity of ambient and field sounds into your mix. Instructor and radio artist Joan Schuman will help you consider how to tell a chunk of your story beyond voice, through stereo panning and pushing sound to the front while the voice falls further back for longer than a few seconds. Joan will teach you to move beyond the pre-sets and to experiment with effectively altering sound to offer a deeper feeling or understanding to listeners, building depth without confusing them. Found sound and field recordings will be focused on beyond online libraries as it gets us to listen more fully, both for the radio-maker and audience. 

This is a two-part workshop where students will receive feedback on their work. Be prepared to arrive with a work-in-progress, idea or scene you want to experiment with and complete by the end of the second class.

  • Class is capped at 12 and will meet for two Thursday sessions at 12pm EST, beginning August 15th. The second session meets Thursday, August 22nd
  • Registration comes with a free, three-month license for Hindenburg audio editing software.


About Your Instructor

Joan Schuman is an independent radio producer and sound artist of narrative and impressionist documentary. Her works have been presented in the U.S., Europe, UK, Australia, and Canada via online venues, virtual appearances, festivals, broadcasts and gallery installations. She curates other sound artists at Earlid , which she's been running since 2015; she has been guiding Media Studies graduate students online at The New School since 2004; and she has mentored radio art archivists and community broadcasters at Wave Farm (2019-2024). Hear her work at HyperAcousia.

Notes on this Class

Refund and recording policy: Classes will not be recorded and are non-refundable. We are not able to issue a refund if you cancel or do not attend a class. If you are unable to make a class, you are welcome to sell or give away your ticket and email the name of the new attendee to info@radiobootcamp.org. You will receive a Zoom link for the workshop the day before it begins.