This arts workshop focuses on the art and production of storytelling in audio for documentary, commentary, and personal narrative. With the increasing presence of new technologies, webcasting, and visual stimulation, this course concentrate on the power and influence of audio/sound production. As issues of diversity, race, and cultural representation are increasingly becoming part of the public dialogue, this course will also look at current podcasts and dialogues taking place in the world of media producers. For the first part of the course, we will explore the history and influence of radio as a medium and listen to radio works from various sources including This American Life; Radio Diaries
by Joe Richman; the early radio work of Studs Terkel, WNYC's Radio Lab, and works by Jay Allison through transom.org. We will also listen to new online platforms for documentaries and stories including animations where audio is the driving force. In the second half of the course students will create radio and audio pieces, record stories and sounds in the city, collectively and individually culminating in a produced podcast at the end of the semester. Visits by guest producers will enhance the class experience. Readings include excerpts from: Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America's Media
by Eric Klinenberg; The New Kings of Nonfiction
by Ira Glass; Radio Realities: Telling True Stories in Sound
by John Biewen. Students should have a basic knowledge of audio editing software: ProTools, GarageBand, Audacity, Logic, or other editing software.
This arts workshop has been adapted for remote instruction. If you have any questions about this course, please contact the instructor.
Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)