Sounds Elemental: Weeklong Audio Producer’s Intensive

We’re looking for 10 producers to step into the void as the Association of Independence in Radio (AIR), in conjunction with Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center in New York City offers its popular 40-hour intensives for mid to advanced level audio producers in November. You do not have to be a member of AIR or Harvestworks to apply. Application deadline: Sep 26!

Sounds Elemental – Wood

Brenda Hutchinson, Hans Tammen, Amy O’Leary, Bob Bielecki
December 12-16, 10am to 6pm

Apply for Sounds Elemental in NYC!  |  December 12 – 16, 2011

The summer temperatures are climbing.  You know you’ll be dreaming of these days come shivery December.  Make sure your ears keep warm this winter by signing up for AIR’s Sounds Elemental intensive at Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center in NYC.  It’s happening December 12 – 16.

We just finished up a smashing summer session focusing on ”metal,” with reviews like “…it was great to be surrounded by people who don’t need an explanation for why [working with] sound is awesome” and “I feel like I have new ears for listening, a new toolkit for making sound.” This time around, our focus is Wood.

Are you up for it?  We’re looking for ten producers open to learning unconventional approaches to assembling sound and telling story.  Slots are already filling up!

This opportunity may be especially appealing to those working in traditional documentary formats eager to recalibrate their orientation to sound and craft.

Producers benefit from intensely individualized attention from renowned sound artists-teachers, Harvestworks’ Hans Tammen, and public radio producer and musician Brenda Hutchinson. New York Times new media editor Amy O’Leary will also lead an afternoon mini-dive into audio slideshows – called “bang on,” “cutting edge,” and “the highlight of the week” by participants.



+++Attendance is mandatory for all sessions. If you are unable to attend each day of the intensive, please do not apply.+++

Learn more: to instructor and AIRster Brenda Hutchinson’s audio montage of Sounds Elemental: Sky:

The deadline for applications is Monday, September 26, 2011. Please feel free to forward this along to anyone who might be interested!

Questions? Contact AIR’s Membership Director Erin Mishkin at

Instructor biographies:

Hans Tammen is a composer/guitarist whose music has been described as a journey through the land of unending sonic operations, and his playing as reverse engineering of the guitar. Tammen’s music is documented on more than 20 CDs, and he’s worked with dancers, light designers and video artists on numerous site-specific projects. From 1997 to 2000 he hosted a weekly 2-hour radio show in Germany, devoted to new and experimental music and sound art. Tammen has a degree in Adult Education, and as a technology consultant from 1992 to 2000 he led more than 120 seminars to advise practicioners about new technologies in the workplace. Tammen is currently Deputy Director at Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, where he is responsible for the studio projects and the education program.

Award-winning radio producer, musician, and sound artist Brenda Hutchinson covers a broad range of media, including performance and composition for dance, opera, film, video, public radio, and interactive installations. Her work is based on the cultivation and encouragement of openness in her own life and in those she works with. Hutchinson encourages participants to experiment with sound, share stories, and make music. She has spent almost 2 decades singing into a 9 1/2 foot tube and has designed a gestural interface for the Long Tube and MAX/MSP. Hutchinson’s most recent work – the dailybell – reflects her large-scale experiments in socially based improvisations. Several of her radio documentaries have been showcased on public radio’s series SoundPrint and her work featured at festivals around the world. Hutchinson has been recognized with a Gracie Allen Award from American Women in Radio and Television, Ucross Residency Award and a Montalvo Artist Residency.

Amy O’Leary was the first audio producer ever hired by The New York Times in 2007, where her work has been nominated for two Emmy awards, and was part of the package that won the Times’s first Peabody award. At present, Amy is a News Editor for where she plans and edits multimedia features and online coverage for a variety of news sections. Prior to this, Amy worked as a staff producer at “This American Life,” was the host and producer of “The Tristan Mysteries” at WNYC, and her radio work has appeared on a number of programs including “Studio 360 with Kurt Anderson,” “Radio Lab,” “On The Media,” and “Weekend America.” She is a graduate of the radio program at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and AIR Member since 2003.

Bob Bielecki bio tba.


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