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Eighteen Signed On for AIRís "Sounds Elemental"

For immediate release: August 22, 2008


Eighteen Signed On for AIR’s "Sounds Elemental"
Creative audio intensives attracts a broad spectrum of public radio’s producer network 

BOSTON: The Association of Independents in Radio, Inc. (AIR) congratulates its first contingent of producers who this week completed the first of two 40-hour Sounds Elemental intensives for mid- to advanced-level producers interested in honing their skills in history and craft of sound. This August intensive focused on sound construction based on the theme “water.” The upcoming December Sounds Elemental intensive has as its focus “fire.” The diverse group of participating producers, drawn from AIR’s extensive social/professional network and beyond, includes a college student, an archivist, producer-reporters for NPR’s "All Things Considered" and Weekend Edition Sunday, APM's "Marketplace," Pacifica, NV1/"National Native News," and PRI's "This American Life" working across a broad audio spectrum, from long-form documentary, to spot news, to live, local talk, to installation art.

AIR’s partner for this third season is Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center in New York City, a leading training institute that has for 31 years brought together innovative practitioners from all branches of the arts and media collaborating in the use of electronic and new technology. The Sounds Elemental intensives are designed to give audio producers – including those responsible for day in and day out national productions – an opportunity to hone their ears and stretch their creative capacity in ways that inspire their individual work and enhances the experience of listeners across the U.S.

The experience of participating producers ranges from less than a year to more than 25. They are, for August's Sounds Elemental: Water: Roxanne Amico, Victoria Estok, Jocelyn Frank, David Goodman, Erica Heilman, Jonathan Miller, Ashley Milne-Tyte, Lu Olkowski, and Laura Spero. Participants in December's Sounds Elemental: Fire are Kelsey Dilts McGregor, Claire Holman, Yuko Kodama, Maureen Loughran, JoAnn Mar, Maria Emilia Martin, Virginia Millington, Laura Silver, and Tina Tennessen.

The curriculum features lecture-demonstrations by composer/sound artist Michael Schumacher on the history of contemporary sound. AIR member and Executive Producer Brenda Hutchinson will produce a one hour podcast from each session. Hans Tammen, Deputy Director of Harvestworks, leads the teaching team.

AIR, established in 1988, ensures that listeners across America will be inspired and simulated daily with work that meets the highest standards of audio craft whether tuning into a public radio station, their computer, or their iPod. AIR's extensive social and professional network of nearly 700 producers and associates is at the center of unprecedented technology-driven change, rich with opportunity to define and redefine sound art and media... public media in particular. Central to AIR's mission over its 20 year history is providing support, training, and advocacy necessary for preparing thousands of audio creatives across the nation with the skill and confidence to lead the way to engaging more listeners, and to carry their inspiration to both traditional and emerging outlets. AIR's online home, http://www.airmedia.org, is a rich repository of services, directories, and new membership information. Funding for AIR is provided by its members, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

For more information about getting involved in the December intensive visit us call us at 617 825 4400.

AIR Board of Directors: Executive Director, Sue Schardt; President Sid Selvidge of Beale Street Caravan; Vice President David Freedman of WWOZ-FM; Secretary Robynn Takayama, independent producer; Treasurer Joan Rabinowitz of Jack Straw Productions; Karen Lewellen of G.A.F. Entertainment; Jim Russell, The Program Doctor; and Jake Shapiro of PRX.