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Our lead instructor for the Transom Online Workshop is a unique voice in American documentary, Scott Carrier. In this Craft Feature, he chronicles the history of approaches to documentary and riffs on some of his favorite things.
Transom presents another in our series on using music in radio stories. This one – by Brendan Baker of the strange and inventive podcast, Love + Radio – includes a really deep breakdown of one of his audio sessions. Guaranteed to satisfy the serious students in the front row.
Here’s another in our new series on using music in radio stories. Transom’s friends, The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva), tell you how they select and blend music into their signature rhythmic pieces.
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For the second year in a row, Interlochen Center for the Arts will be hosting a week long training in audio storytelling from June 8th to the 13th. Transom’s Rob Rosenthal will be the lead teacher and Interlochen Public Radio’s Peter Payette will assist. Apply by April 1st.
Our Traveling Workshop is headed back to Catalina Island. Community radio KISL is hosting this one-week introduction to audio storytelling workshop June 15 – 20, 2014. Led by Transom’s radio training guru, Rob Rosenthal. Applications due March 14th.
We present a few of our favorites from the final productions of the first full Transom Online Workshop. The assignment was to Make a Story, in photos, audio, or video.
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Jeff Towne’s new and improved guide to Pro Tools provides a full breakdown of this much-used (and loved and hated) audio application, focusing on all the stuff you need for radio storytelling. Jeff breaks down his primer into three parts: Overview, Editing, and Mixing.
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.
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Jonathan Harris’ Manifesto, “Navigating Stuckness,” is an autobiographical journey following his path as a diarist, painter, storyteller, data artist, web visionary, and who knows what next? You’ll find lessons for all of us who are ever stuck, accompanied by wonderful original illustrations.
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.
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The Transom Donor Fund likes to support and encourage aspiring radio makers. Will Dahlberg was a history student wanting to dig into the past and tell its story. This is Will’s first foray into long form radio–a dark story in a small town.
This story was hard for Will Coley to do. Even as he approached, he held it at arms length, but finally, he embraced it. You can understand his hesitancy because the story is about his father’s death in a plane crash when Will was a boy. Give a listen. It will stay with you.
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.