The Art of Radio - Who will be teaching

Subject: The Art of Radio - Who will be teaching
From: Barry Rueger (rueger@COMMUNITY-MEDIA.COM)
Date: Tue Aug 31 2004 - 13:43:48 EDT

We are pleased to announce that the facilitators for this three day
workshop will include sound artist Victoria Fenner, Composer and
broadcaster Darren Copeland, and just confirmed, CBC Radio producer,
documentarian, and Prix Italia winner Steve Wadhams.

Full details are included below.


The Art of Radio
A workshop that bridges media and creativity.

Sponsored by the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) as an
extension of AIR's Mentor Program: "Nurturing excellence in radio,
one producer at a time."

Friday September 24th to Sunday September 26th
9:30 AM to 4:00 PM.
Unity on the Mountain Retreat Centre
21 Rosedene Avenue, Hamilton, Ontario

The cost will be $375 + GST for Canadians, or $300 US for those
outside of Canada.

Modelled on the successful “Full Moon Audio Art Camp”, this three day
masterclass will bring together independent radio producers, sound
artists, and others engaged in the creative exploration of sound.
Over the course of three days they will work with established artists
and producers, will participate in sound walks and other activities
that encourage a more conscious interaction with the sonic
environment, and will engage in creative projects as individuals and
in groups.

The overall goal of The Art of Radio workshop is to provide a time
and place where artists, producers, and other audio professionals can
explore ways of using sound that that extend conventional practices,
and which may be experimental or purely artistic. At the end of three
days participants will have discovered new ways of listening to their
world, new ways of capturing and manipulating sound, and new ways of
creating sound based works.

As well as developing skills and knowledge which can lead to the
creation of purely artistic works, this workshop will begin to create
a pool of independent radio producers who will create radio
productions that treat all sound as part of their palette, with talk
and music being only two of many possible elements which can be
manipulated and used in creative and synergistic fashions.

The overall artistic direction for The Art of Radio Workshop will be
by Canadian artist Victoria Fenner. Victoria was the founder and
producer of the “Full Moon Audio Art Camp”, a week long residential
retreat for artists in the hills of Ontario, then Quebec. She is an
established sound artist, has produced and curated any number of
Canada Council funded events that focus on sound art, and a frequent
guest lecturer in both Canada and the United States. Her website can
be found at

Also presenting are:

Steve Wadhams, CBC Radio

Steve Wadhams got his start in radio fresh out of University as a BBC
studio technician and then as a producer in the BBC's Overseas
services. He moved to Canada in 1974, where he help found Sunday
Morning in 1976. He spent a decade making documentaries for that
program before moving to CBC TV in 1987 where he spent three years as
a documentary producer, two of them with The Journal.

Back to CBC radio in 1990 as a "producer at large", Steve spent time
as a producer/consultant working with colleagues on a variety of
projects. Part of his work involved helping producers use advanced
digital sound technology, having helped develop CBC Radio's EAR
(Experimental Audio Room) in the Toronto Broadcasting Centre. He also
produced many documentaries, including highly acclaimed specials on
Mozart and Handel's "Messiah". At present he spends part of his time
as a senior producer for "Outfront" - a forum for Canadians to tell
their own stories - and the rest on a new series of experimental
audio pieces for CBC.

One of the radio achievements Steve is most proud of occurred during
a stint at educational radio in Malawi in the early '70's. Steve, a
long-time soccer fan, was thrilled to be drafted as the soccer
commentator for all international games broadcast.

Steve has won many honours for his work. Among them are two ACTRA
national radio awards, two "Major Armstrong" awards (U.S.), two B'Nai
Brith's for human rights journalism, a New York radio award, a
Gabriel, two Canadian Association of Journalists awards, a Premios
Ondas from Spain for innovative radio and the one he treasures most -
a Prix Italia for a documentary he produced for Outfront in 1999.

His other hobbies and passions include French Horn playing and choral
singing (tenor).

Darren Copeland

Darren Copeland is an electroacoustic composer and sound designer who
has produced work since 1985 for concerts, radio, theatre, dance, and
site-specific installation.

Darren CopelandAfter studying theatre sound design at Niagara
College, he studied electroacoustic composition with Barry Truax
(Simon Fraser University) and Dr. Jonty Harrison (University of
Birmingham). His concert works have received mentions in
international competitions (Vancouver New Music, Luigi Russolo,
Hungarian Radio, La Muse en Circuit, and Phonurgia Nova) and appeared
on compilation CD releases (Storm of Drones, Radius #3, DISContact I
& II, Lieu - Non Lieu, Soundscape Vancouver, and Radiant Dissonance).
Rendu visible, a CD devoted to his work, is available on the
empreintes DIGITALes label.

Some of his works combine his background in theatre and
electroacoustic composition, such as his adaptation of August
Strindberg's A Dream Play (first radio drama at CBC conceived for
broadcast in Surround 5.1), his soundscape documentaries Life Unseen
and The Toronto Sound Mosaic (produced by the Canadian Association
for Sound Ecology), his DORA nominated soundtrack for Samuel
Beckett's That Time (produced by Threshold Theater), and his text-
sound compositions "Lapse in Perception" (produced for CBC Out
Front), and “They’re Trying to Save Themselves” (produced for a
commemorative broadcast for September 11 on CBC).

Darren Copeland has composed a number of soundtracks for theatre and
dance productions in Toronto, including works by Jessica Runge, Danny
Grossman Dance Company, Elizabeth Chitty, Threshold Theater, Platform
9, Puppetmonters, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Factory Theatre,
Rumble Theatre, Pink Ink Theatre and many others.

Darren Copeland is the Artistic Director of New Adventures in Sound
Art, which produces electroacoustic and experimental sound art events
in Toronto, Canada, and is the President of the Canadian Association
for Sound Ecology. Previously he served on the board of directors for
Canadian Electroacoustic Community, Vancouver Pro Musica, and Rumble
Theatre .

Darren makes his home in Brampton, Ontario, just outside of Toronto.

Note: Darren will be presenting an advanced Pro-Tools session, but
willalso be available to talk about his work in eight channel
spatialized sound production.

Please feel free to e-mail or call if you would like to be placed on

To register please visit the Art of Radio webpage at:
complete our on-line registration form , and then mail it with your
payment (payable to: to:
107 Victoria Avenue South
Hamilton, Ontario L8N 2S9

There are both a minimum and maximum number of participants that can
be accommodated, so early registration is essential. Lunch will be
provided each day.

A limited number of low priced rooms, along with meals, will be
available from the Unity Centre. Please contact them directly to book
space. Due to elevator repairs, the rooms for this workshop will not
be easily wheelchair accessible.

Any questions can be directed to Barry Rueger rueger@community- or 905-308-9179.

Barry Rueger
107 Victoria Avenue South, Hamilton, Ontario L8N 2S9
Phone: 905-308-9179 Fax: 905-308-9732
Cel: 905-979-6677
AIM ID: AppalBarry

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