An invitation to try out new techniques of playing with sound and new approaches to generating ideas and crafting them into sonic wonders. Hosts Phil Smith and Cathy FitzGerald will be the telephone operators, dialling in to a list of inspiring producers from around the world. 

This will be an activity-focused two-day workshop which will get you editing, recording and thinking in new ways. The world of audio is so rich in perspectives, traditions and styles! Our staff of down-the-line professors will share learnings from their own work, before setting an exercise designed to develop a particular aspect of your inner audio artist.

Please note:

  • This is an intermediate level course for producers who already know how to edit and record.

  • Please bring a laptop with your editing software of choice pre-loaded.

  • Price includes bed & breakfast at the Red Lion Hotel on Saturday night (just opposite the Strange & Charmed workshop in Wendover), plus a sandwich lunch and afternoon tea on both days.

Phone guests:

Australia: Story structure with Sophie Townsend

Sophie is a senior producer at ABC RN. She’s also a radio features maker and writer, and in 2015 won the HearSay International Audio competition with her piece ‘Mr Fix-it‘. Her works ‘Stories and Driving‘ and ‘The Updates‘ were featured at Third Coast in 2015, and she was a Walkley Award nominee for her documentary ‘Cancer as a Battleground‘.

USA: Escape the creative rut! With Phoebe Wang

Phoebe is a multidisciplinary artist, working in sculpture, installation, and sound. Her work has aired on shows including The Heart, Short Cuts (BBC Radio 4), and Constellations. In 2018, Phoebe earned an NLGJA Excellence in Journalism award and was named Best New Artist at the Third Coast International Audio Festival.

Canada: Writing with Chris Brookes

Chris is an independent documentary maker who has crafted audio features for three decades. His productions have won many international awards including the Peabody Award and the Prix Italia. He lives in Newfoundland, Canada with a traditional fiddler, a cat, and far too many seagulls.

Italy: Finding your way through the edit with Jonathan Zenti

Jonathan is an independent radio and podcast host, writer and producer. He has been a finalist at Prix Italia and Prix Europa and he won the GanBéarla Award at the Hearsay International audio Festival in 2015. Meat, a podcast “about our bodies and the life we live because of them”, has been one of the finalist of Radiotopia’s “Podquest”, and the first episode won the Skylarking Award at the Third Coast International Audio Award in 2018. He is currently working as Head of Content at Voxnest, Inc.

TUTORS: Phil(ip Mark Christopher) Smith sometimes feels like an artist working with words, music, sound, and radio. He won the 2017 Hearsay Festival Create Award with Four Resolutions Of A Diminished Chord, is a regular contributor to Short Cuts (BBC Radio 4) and has made pieces for Between The Ears (BBC Radio 3), In The Dark and Third Coast Festival. Since 2011 he has presented and produced Jazz Dis-junction on NTS Radio.

Dr Cathy FitzGerald has won Whicker's World, Prix Marulic, Third Coast Festival and Radio Academy Production awards for her audio documentaries. Topics include magic carpets, angry Vietnamese ghosts, reindeer-racing, and a museum of broken hearts. She presents and produces two recurring series for BBC Radio 4: The Invisible College and Moving Pictures. The Radio Times calls her ‘one of radio’s most original voices’. 

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