It’s 2020, and podcasting continues to gather interest from makers that may not identify as audio professionals. Podcasts are usually compared to their neighbors in sound: music, news, and short documentaries that transport you to places unknown. But, in the midst of the podcast boom, there’s a method of audio-making that hasn’t quite captured the current zeitgeist of industry attention – the often obscure, conceptual and artistic approaches to making audio.
Over the course of three days, the theme of PLOT/PLAN/PLAY will be considered through guest presentations, listening sessions, discussions, daily group and individual exercises, case studies and work-in-progress critiques. This workshop will offer participants technical tools and skill sets for navigating the podcasting revolution and finding their own path in this emergent medium.
In this workshop, we will channel and meld the creatively adventurous with the technical sensibilities of navigating a maturing (now) moneyed industry, through the lens of conceptual artist and lead instructor, James T. Green. Abstraction will be celebrated. Journeys will be encouraged. Formulas will not be lectured. Participants will explore left of center ways of thinking about craft, creating audio-first stories, interviewing, editing, mixing, script writing and enhancing the artistry of their work – no matter the genre.
An exceptional group of seasoned practitioners from the radio and podcast industry— public radio reporters, sound designers, producers, and editors will help participants develop their audio practice and podcasting vision. Guest artists include Chiquita Paschal (Gimlet Media, BuzzFeed), Gretta Cohn (Founder, Transmitter Media), Adriene Lilly (The Blind Tourist, WNYC) and Ariana Martinez (Prism: Tales of Your City, BBC Radio).
This workshop is three days; please only enroll if you can commit to the entire schedule. Everyone will be invited to present their podcast project to lead instructor James T. Green and to the group during students’ presentations. In preparation for this short presentation, an audio (or written) work sample will be requested prior to the workshop.