Places on this workshop are limited, and in order to take part you should have an interest in recording a podcast for Technecast (the Techne student podcast) and be prepared to do so in future. You may also be interested in attendingHow To Prepare and Deliver Effective Podcastsalongside this one which will focus on the communication and presentation side of podcasting.
To attend this course please book on Inkpath. Inkpath is an app available to all Techne students, if you're not already using please click here to find out how to get started.
One of the most significant and accessible media for PGRs to promote their research is through radio broadcasts and podcasts. The podcast is a simple, on-line tool for self-promotion.
For creators and audiences, listening skills are at the heart of each podcast, and good sound recording and editing techniques are essential.
This series of 4 x 2 hour workshops guides participants through a series of practical and analytical tasks to heighten listening awareness, focussing on minute details and how to mix music and or sound effects with voice; how to apply processing such as reverberation and compression; how to get the best possible recording quality and how to seamlessly edit voice recordings.
As well as critically listening to examples of other podcasts, participants will be invited to work on their own podcast for their research project, with a view to submitting a contribution to the Technecast following the workshops.
This course will run over 4 weeks, with each workshop running from 10am to 12pm. You must be able to commit to attending all sessions.
Week 1 - 13th April. Tuning the ear: Critical listening and recording. Learn how to hear good quality recording and identify poor edits, through critical analysis of pre-recorded material including published podcasts
Week 2 - 20th April. Developing the ear: Editing and mixing. Learn how to focus listening in minute detail to achieve the best possible edits. Use of equalisation and compression/limiting to optimise the balance of sound quality between different streams of audio
Week 3 - 27th April. Using sound effects and audio processing: adding reverberation, delay or field recordings to extend the atmosphere of the narrative, beyond a single voice in a single room.
Week 4 - 4th May. Creative task: Submit podcast excerpts for group discussion.
Students will be encouraged to come to the workshops with a podcast idea already in place, and each session will be geared towards developing students’ creative ideas in relation to promoting their own PhD research project. Links to free audio editing software will be provided, which students will need to upload before the first session (help available beforehand with any queries about this).
Although this training is based around practical, technological exercises, the underlying theme is enhanced listening, which can translate into all walks of PhD life and learning.
Dr. Jo Langtonis a researcher and writer in electroacoustic musicology focussing on women composersand their methods for creating new electronic sound material in the pre-digital analogue studios of the1960s and early 1970s and has her own sound art creative practice. She has had a long career as a sound engineer with twenty years’ experience in sound editing, mixing and recording, in a Technical Producer role for music and speech programmes and podcasts on BBC Radio 3 and 4. She founded the Technecast for Techne-funded PGRs in 2017.