Hearing is Believing

The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University,
in partnership with AIR,
announces Summer 2008 Audio Institutes

The Center for Documentary Studies
(CDS) presents two, weeklong, morning-till-night immersions for audio producers.  If you’re a producers just getting started, Hearing is Believing I is for you.  You’ll learn hands-on skills in recording and digital audio mixing; discuss issues such as the ethics of documentary work; explore varied uses for audio documentaries (it’s not just radio anymore); and hear accomplished producers play and talk about their work in evening presentations. During the week you’ll work with a fellow student to produce and edit a short audio documentary, from the first interview and sound gathering to the final mix.

AIR/CDS offers stipends to 10 AIR member-participants on a first-come, first-served basis

Hearing is Believing II:  Making it Sing is for producers who’ve recorded interviews and gathered sound and are ready to construct a four- to ten-minute audio documentary. This course is designed for those who are ready to begin editing their project and have a basic grasp of audio editing software, or for individuals who have completed Make That Audio Doc and/or the one-week Hearing Is Believing I and are ready to try a more ambitious project. This time you’ll bring your own recordings to the institute. You’ll get lessons and personal guidance from seasoned radio documentary producers as you structure and script your piece, record your narration tracks (if any), and mix your documentary on ProTools.

Hearing is Believing I:        Sun-Sat, July 13–19
Course fee:    $775

Hearing Is Believing II:
Making It Sing:
                 Mon-Sat, August 11–16
Course fee:    $775

The stellar faculty is led by AIR member John Biewen, who is the audio programs director at the Center for Documentary Studies.  He’ll be joined by visiting artists and other staff members of the Center for Documentary Studies. Past instructors have included Chris Brookes, and AIR members Neenah Ellis, Deb George, Karen Michel, Dmae Roberts, and Judith Sloan.

To register for these institutes, contact Duke Continuing Studies by calling (919) 684-6259 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit their Web site at:

 My career has certainly been impacted by this experience.  As an artist and teacher, I will be able to use these tools in my work.
Kim Marrington, 2007 Hearing is Believing AIR member participant

This program was incredibly well run. We had everything we needed to learn and create, and generally, everything we needed to become familiar with a town most of us had never been to.
Paula Maura, 2007 Hearing is Believing AIR member participant

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