Let's Work the Small Stuff (Online)


Photo: Biff Jennings, Shooters at the Beach

This class, a series of three guided working sessions, dives into the details of three areas of audio work where the small stuff can make a big difference: interviews, mix transitions, and openers. Each session will begin with a presentation of a few core ideas and a demo (e.g., for the “mix transitions” session, this could be a live demo of how to make a scene-shifting music crossfade under an actuality). The remaining time will be spent in guided and supportive listening sessions in which we consider relevant audio clips from members of the class. If possible, students should plan to bring a two- to three-minute excerpt of their own interviews to the first class (this can be raw audio or an edited selection). (6 hours/Intermediate-Advanced)

Please note: This course is offered in an online format and will not meet at CDS but will instead take place in regularly scheduled virtual sessions.

Since 2000, David Schulman has produced a wide range of radio programming for NPR, APM, PRI, and the BBC. He created and produced the Musicians in Their Own Words series, which was twice awarded national Corporation for Public Broadcasting grants. An early piece in the series was awarded the Best Documentary: Silver Award at the Third Coast International Audio Festival, and Schulman has produced over fifty features for NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, and American Public Media’s The Story. His work also regularly appears internationally on Australian's ABC RN. From 2009 to 2011, Schulman was senior producer of the BBC weekly radio program Americana, and in 2015, he wrote and produced the eight-hour music documentary TALOA: An Exploration of Music by American Indian and Maori Composers for the WFMT Radio Network. For more information, see schulmancreative.com.

Additional information:
A late-model computer, fast internet connection, and built-in camera are recommended, though not required. Students with less than optimal hardware or internet connections are welcome to take the course, though it may be difficult to participate fully in virtual meetings.


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