AIR and UnionDocs Unite for Sounds Elemental
Magnetism: June 25-29, 2012 [CLOSED]
Gravity: December 17-21, 2012
AIR is excited to announce that our popular Sounds Elemental audio intensives are coming to UnionDocs, a Center for Documentary Art in Brooklyn, NY.
UnionDocs is a rising force in the creative media-documentary universe offering weekend screenings and events, workshops, as well as a year-long artist fellowship program called the Collaborative. They have an interdisciplinary focus, incorporating audio, film/video, writing, photography, interactive and other forms. Like AIR, their programs touch hundreds of media-makers each year, and the partnership represents a natural trajectory and an opportunity for their respective constituencies to further cross-pollinate and grow.
The application window is open now and competition for slots can be stiff. AIR accepts only 10 producers for Sounds Elemental: Gravity, held December 17-21, 2012.
+++ To sweeten the deal and get more bang for your buck, we're pleased to offer all accepted Sounds Elemental participants a free 6-month premium membership to SoundCloud (a $200 value), as well as a 3-month free trial and $75 discount on Hindenburg's Journalist Pro audio editing software (redeemable up to 4 months after the course). +++
Find the application here.
<<< DEADLINE: OCTOBER 26, 2012, 11 PM ET >>>
Producers benefit from intensely individualized attention from sound artists-teachers Brenda Hutchinson, composer and installation artist Michael Schumacher, and UnionDocs’ own, Christopher Allen. New York Times deputy news editor Amy O’Leary leads an afternoon dive into storytelling and audio slideshows, a session that producers have called "enriching" and "inspiring."
These intensives are designed to provide mid to advanced level media producers with a unique opportunity to spend an entire week exploring unconventional approaches to assembling sound.
+++Please note: The aim of this intensive is to inspire new ways of thinking about and approaching non-narrative audio craft, with the hope that it will open new thinking and approaches for you in your everyday work. We encourage questions in advance to ensure this course is the right match for you.+++
The cost is $700. A non-refundable $350 deposit is required upon acceptance. You do not have to be a member of AIR to apply. AIR members living outside of New York City who are accepted are eligible for a stipend (up to $150) to help underwrite the cost of the intensive and travel to NYC.
+++Full attendance is mandatory. If you are unable to attend each day of the intensive, please do not apply. Class meets from 10AM - 6PM, Monday through Friday.+++
Questions? Contact Membership Director Erin Mishkin at email@example.com.
All classes take place at UnionDocs in the Brooklyn neighborhood, Williamsburg. There will be one evening event at the Diapason sound gallery in Brooklyn.
Sounds Elemental: Magnetism: June 25 – 29, 2012 [CLOSED]
Sounds Elemental: Gravity: December 17 - 21, 2012
Who is eligible?
We are looking for mid to advanced level producers from all walks of the public media 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 are eligible for a small travel stipend. A work sample is required with your application. A panel will review applications, and 10 participants for each intensive will be chosen.
The fee for the intensive is $700, with a non-refundable deposit of $350 due upon acceptance to the program and the balance payable one month in advance of the intensive.
Please note: If you pay by PayPal, there is a $20 processing fee. Check or money order is encouraged.
AIR members who are accepted are eligible to receive a small stipend ($150) to help underwrite fees and travel. If you’ve received a stipend or mentorship opportunity in the past two years from AIR, you may not be eligible.
If you’d like to join AIR to become eligible for the travel stipend, go here. Participants coming from outside NYC are responsible for their own transportation and room and board during the intensive. UnionDocs can provide assistance in locating housing and guidance for getting around town for those not native to New York.
The deposit is non-refundable. Should you need to cancel, you’ll receive half of your registration fee back until June 1. After June 1, the fee is non-refundable.
How to apply:
Please complete an application. Please be sure to include an audio sample (5 minutes or less) with your application. <<< DEADLINE: OCTOBER 26, 2012, 11 PM ET >>>
If you have questions, contact AIR’s Membership Director, Erin Mishkin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Over the week, there will be a combination of lectures on the history and landscape of contemporary sound art (think John Cage to Brian Eno to Pauline Oliveros), group discussion and critique, and hands-on “lab” time where students will assemble a short audio piece inspired by the theme of Magnetism or Gravity.
Please note: The aim of this intensive is to inspire new ways of thinking about and approaching non-narrative audio craft, with the hope that will open new thinking and approaches for you in your everyday work. We encourage questions in advance to ensure this course is the right match for you.
Participants are strongly encouraged to bring with them audio they have previously gathered that supports the theme, but it is not required. Teachers will assist students to produce a series of short studies as well as a final sound piece representative of the week’s work, included in a podcast distributed by AIR.
Guest instructor Amy O'Leary, deputy news editor at the New York Times, will drop by for an afternoon mini-dive into audio slideshow production, taking the class through the basics of tools and techniques.
Please note: Producers are required to bring their own computer and audio editing software. If you do not have access to either of these things, please let us know so we can make other arrangements.
+++Full attendance is mandatory for all sessions. Class runs from 10AM - 6PM, Monday through Friday. If you are unable to attend each day of the intensive, please do not apply.+++
UnionDocs (UnDo) is a Center for Documentary Art that generates and shares big ideas. We bring together a diverse community of experimental media-makers, dedicated journalists, critical thinkers, and local partners on a search for urgent expressions of the human experience, practical perspectives on the world today, and compelling visions for the future.