Sounds Elemental at Harvestworks [us Soho, NYC]

harvestworks.jpgAssociation Of Independents In Radio (AIR) and Harvestworks present “Sounds Elemental” producer intensives!
Sounds Elemental: Water August 18-22, 2008 – 10am to 6pm
Sounds Elemental: Fire December 15-19, 2008 – 10am to 6pm
Deadline for applying: Friday, June 20th, 2008

The Association Of Independents In Radio (AIR), in conjunction with Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center in New York City, offers two week-long, 40-hour intensives for twenty mid to advance level audio producers. You do not have to be a member of AIR to apply. This opportunity may be especially appealing to those working primarily in traditional narrative and documentary formats eager to experiment with unconventional approaches to assembling sound and telling story.

Ten students will be accepted for each class… Sound Elemental: Water, to be held in August, the second, Sounds Elemental: Fire, in December 2008 at Harvestworks in SoHo. The cost is $650. AIR members who are accepted are eligible for a stipend to help underwrite the cost of the intensive and travel to NYC.

Producers will work in a small group format, and also receive a lot of individualized attention from renowned sound artists-teachers, NYC-based composer and performer Michael Schumacher, Harvestworks’ Hans Tammen, and AIR member Brenda Hutchinson who teaches and performs extensively around the U.S. and overseas.

For complete information, and to link to the application form, go here:

Please direct all inquiries to AIR – if you have questions, you can contact AIR Membership Director Erin Mishkin at or call 617 825 4400

All classes take place at Harvestworks’ workspace, 596 Broadway in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan. There will be one evening event at the Diapason sound gallery in Brooklyn.

Who is eligible? We are looking for mid to advance level producers from all walks of the public radio industry and beyond who have demonstrable expertise in digital sound gathering, editing and mixing. AIR membership is not required, though AIR members who are accepted will be provided with a stipend. Those who have participated in AIR’s Harvestworks intensives in past years are eligible to apply.

An audio sample will be required with your application. A panel will review applications, and 10 participants chosen for each intensive chosen.

The fee for each intensive is $650, with a non-refundable deposit of $150 due upon acceptance to the program and the balance payable in advance of the intensive.

AIR members who are accepted will receive a $300 stipend to help underwrite fees and travel. If you’d like to join AIR, go here to fill out an application:
Students coming from outside NYC are responsible for their own transportation and room and board during the intensive. Harvestworks can provide assistance in locating housing and guidance for getting around town for those not native to New York.

Michael Schumacher will, each day of the intensive, offer his popular lecture-demonstration on the history and landscape of contemporary sound art. Students will have up to 15 hours of individualized “lab” time listening to and drawing on a rich archive of sound listening to assemble a sound piece inspired by the respective themes – Water, or Fire. Participants will have the option to bring with them audio they have previously gathered that supports theme of their respective intensive (Water or Fire). Brenda Hutchinson will work with students to produce a final sound piece representative of the week’s work, to be distributed by AIR as a podcast. Each daily session will be punctuated with critiques and discussion, moderated by Hans Tammen. Lest there be all work and no fun, the class will gather for an evening of socializing at Michael Schumacher’s Diapason sound gallery in Brooklyn.

Instructor biographies:

Michael J. Schumacher is a composer/performer, concert producer and curator, and has received degrees in music from Juillard School of Music and Indiana University. He is director of the sound and intermedia galleries Studio Five Beekman and Diapason, and has produced exhibitions by David Behrman, Alvin Lucier, La Monte Young and other pioneering sound artists. He composes electronic sound installations using 2 – 22 speakers, computer-controlled random structures, taped and live music and acoustic works for piano, chamber ensemble, voice, and orchestra, and has presented his sound installations at major art institutions in the United States and Europe. Schumacher’s discography includes five solo CDs, including a double CD set on the XI label “Room Pieces” (2002).

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 almost 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 blends her fascination with language, story-telling, and ambient and sampled sounds. Hutchinson’s most recent work — the dailybell – reflects her large-scale experiments in socially based improvisations. Brenda is a long-time collaborator and protégée of Pauline Oliveros, and has spent many years singing into a 9 1/2 foot PVC pipe with a gestural interface she designed specifically for the the instrument (Long Tube) and MAX/MSP. Several of her radio documentaries have been showcased on public radio’s series SoundPrint and her work featured at festivals in New Zealand, Europe, Latin America and Canada, and venues such as the Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall and The Kitchen in New York City, and New Langton Arts, The Lab and The Exploratorium in San Francisco. Hutchinson has been recognized with a Gracie Allen Award from American Women in Radio and Television, Ucross Residency Award and a Montalvo Artist Residency. Her recordings are available through TELLUS, DEEP LISTENING, THE AERIAL, O.O. DISCS, FROG PEAK MUSIC and Leonardo Music Magazine.

May 28, 2008
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  1. Sue Schardt:

    Helen — thanks for posting the announcement and helping to spread the word. Michael, Hans, and Brenda are a formidable team.. we expect the intensive will be excellent.

    — s

    ++ AIR is everwhere ++

    Sue Schardt, Executive Director
    Association of Independents in Radio, Inc.
    Boston, MA

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