Radio storytelling and the music world tend to lose track of each other. Storytellers prioritize the words, leaving music as an afterthought. Music not only accompanies a story, but it also fundamentally shapes the way our stories are told. In addition, changes in a musical score can have dramatic effects on how a story is received. In this multi-week class, students will learn to recognize the various ways in which music can function in creative audio works. We will think about how music sets the scene, as well as build out musical soundscapes in a DAW through everyday sounds, loops, and virtual instruments. We will also study and challenge industry notions of copyright and authorship to think about creative freedom, boundaries, and cultural lineage.
Wednesdays, 6-8 pm EST
Faculty: Olivia Bradley-Skill
Jersey City based radio DJ, sound designer, and experimentalist Olivia Bradley-Skill is the music director at WFMU and the host of its weekly, genre-bending show, Radio Ravioli. Her immersive three-hour program combines carefully curated new releases and vintage music with improvised sound collage, live performance, and thoughtful conversation.
A computer with the Digital Audio Workstation of your choice installed. Reaper is preferred, but other DAWs are all welcome.
Basic recording equipment (smartphone will work fine)
Editing proficiency: Students need to be able to open and save a project; work on projects with multiple tracks; cut, copy, delete and rearrange audio; adjust volumes over time (aka "envelopes")