CraftMore Craft »
So there you are with a jumble of sound you’ve recorded, or that somebody has. Now what? How are you going to turn this mess into a story, into an “audio piece?” Producer Larry Massett provides some helpful hints on editing.
We are all raised not to talk to strangers. But what if it wasn’t that way? What if we just naturally wandered around talking to strangers all the time? Producer Aaron Henkin encourages us to do just that. He even leads by example.
The signal is the sound you’re trying to record, like a person’s voice. The noise is all the other sounds in the environment, like the refrigerator and sound waves echoing off walls. Producer Scott Carrier provides insights on how to increase the signal and decrease the noise.
WorkshopsMore Workshops »
Applications are now open for the spring 2014 Transom Story Workshop. Apply by January 3, 2014.
Students in the Fall 2013 Transom Story Workshop share some of the most important things they’ve learned so far.
The fall 2013 Transom Story Workshop has begun. Check here for all sorts of news and updates including Twitter and Flickr feeds.
ToolsMore Tools »
Although the Tascam DR-60D is designed primarily as a digital audio recorder for video shoots, our Tools Editor, Jeff Towne, says it’s a contender whether you’re planning to do radio or video or both.
Katie Davis’ Shout Out is geared towards kids but we think it’s a useful guide for anyone looking for tips on how to get started telling stories with sound. It was first published in 2005. We’ve updated it, adding all sorts of useful examples and resources. Get recording.
A smartphone running the right app can be a pretty decent audio recorder. Rob Rosenthal, lead instructor of the Transom Story Workshop, likes the free Tascam PCM Recorder app for the iPhone, and gives an overview of how it works.
GuestsMore Guests »
Catherine Burns leads the artistic team at The Moth, and in her Transom Manifesto she has generously illuminated some of her secret tricks for us. She talks about what makes a Moth story work, and, more particularly, what makes it work (or not) across different media, with fascinating examples.
Sam Greenspan, of 99% Invisible, has made such an effective case for MEANDERING as a production tool that you’ll want to get up and take a stroll around the neighborhood. Be a Pilgrim, he says, a Radical Pedestrian! You’ll be convinced.
Andrea Seabrook’s podcast Decode DC approaches political reporting from a fresh angle and we like the way it sounds. She quit a pretty good job in order to do this. In her Transom Manifesto, she tells us how and why she got to this point. She lays out her principles and measures her work against them.
ShowsMore Shows »
Producer Emile B. Klein offers a video portrait of J. Wilson, who has lived a lot of life for a young man. Emile produced the video as part of an assignment for the pilot session of our Online Workshop and has included some helpful, concrete notes on process.
Transom is proud to premiere this short audio/visual collage from filmmaker Trent Harris. It’s weird and lovely. It’s about a relationship between two artists on the same edge. It’s only a couple of minutes long, but packed full.
Adventure Playgrounds are public spaces for children that encourage managed risk. At a quick glance, they look like junkyards. Transom Donor Fund winner, Erin Davis has been obsessed with these playgrounds lately and is now telling their story in radio and video.