Creative Sound Assemblage for Digital Media Producers

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Presented by
The Association of Independents in Radio &
Harvestworks Digital Media Center
New York City
May 7 to May 11, 2007


The Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) and Harvestworks Digital Media Center, New York, New York, are partnering to offer a thirty-hour (5-day) Intensive in Creative Sound Assemblage. The workshop targets advanced level producers working in traditional narrative and documentary audio and digital formats who want to explore new ways to tell stories.

Fifteen (15) hours of lecture demonstrations will immerse radio professionals in the history, aesthetics, styles and techniques of sound art. Fifteen (15) hours of lab time will be spent listening to works in progress, followed by discussion and constructive critical assessment and hands on technical support.

The intensive is project oriented: participating producers will develop and create a short feature (5 minutes or less) incorporating techniques of sound art learned over the course of the workshop.


The INTENSIVE will be taught by veteran sound artists Michael Schumacher and Hans Tammen. Instructor Bios are below.


AIR expects to showcase and promote fully evolved, polished works developed in tandem with the intensive via PRX and/or as an RSSS/podcast in the early summer. There will be some post-intensive production support provided by AIR in preparation for the public podcasting phase.WHO IS ELIGIBLE?The workshop requires demonstrable expertise in digital sound gathering, editing and mixing techniques. A work sample (5 minutes) will be requested to determine eligibility. A panel selected by AIR and Harvestworks will review applications.Applicants will be required to submit a short (5 minutes, maximum) feature project proposal describing a work they expect to create during the workshop.  It should be a project suitable for podcasting.


$650 per person (payable to AIR)
Class size will be limited to 8 participants.
Some partial scholarships are available
Applicants must be members of AIR or Harvestworks
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Registration and payment due April 15th

This training is made possible in part by a grant from the
New York State Council on the Arts


Creative Sound Assemblage for Digital Media Producers

AIR/Harvestworks – May 7-11, 2007, New York City

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.  Director of the sound and intermedia galleries Studio Five Beekman and Diapason, he has produced exhibitions by David Behrman, Alvin Lucier, La Monte Young and other pioneer sound experimenters.  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.  His discography includes five solo CDs, including a double CD set on the XI label “Room Pieces” (2002).  Further information:

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. His music is documented on almost 20 CDs, and he worked with dancers, light designers and video artists on numerous site-specific projects. From 1997 to 2000 he hosted a weekly 2hr radio show in Germany, devoted to new & experimental music and sound art. He has a degree in Adult Education, and as a union technology consultant from 1992 to 2000 held over 120 seminars to advise unionists about new technologies in the workplace.  

He is currently Production Manager at Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, where he is responsible for the studio projects and the education program.

Hans Tammen
Project Manager
596 Broadway, #602
New York, NY 10012


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