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Workshop/ Telling Stories With Sound: The art of audio narrative

Audio productions can be a very powerful way to tell a story; from taut drama to experimental documentaries, they are a great way for writers to flex their creative muscles and to immerse audiences in powerful sonic experiences. But to be at its best, you need to write with sound in mind, so where do you start?

If you have a great story to tell and think it could work effectively as an audio piece, join the award-winning producers and sound designers from Naked Productions to explore what you need to take into consideration when developing an audio piece. From plotting and story structure with sound in mind, to creating immersive sonic worlds, this workshop will set you on the right path to tell effective stories for audio.

This workshop will cover topics such as:

  • Story structure for sound
  • Building plots and characters when there’s no screen
  • Creating immersive sound worlds
  • Studio vs location audio recording
  • Perception of audio/psychoacoustics relevant to audio storytelling.

Suitable for:

  • Writers from all fields who want to explore how to build a story for radio and audio
  • First time writers
  • Established writers who have limited experience writing for sound

If this workshop has given you a taste for developing an audio project and you are aged between 16-30 don’t forget you can submit it for consideration to the New Creatives North Commissions!

About the Workshop Leaders

Tony Churnside and Eloise Whitmore run Naked Productions Ltd, a cross platform production company delivering amazing audio experiences, ranging from award winning radio programmes to interactive audio stories and sound installations. Naked Productions is pioneering object based broadcasting production methods which allow delivery of responsive, personalised and interactive audio experiences.

They make award winning audio for the likes of BBC Radio 1 to 4, Arts Council England, MIF, Metrolink, Microsoft, The Space and The Wellcome Trust. They have created sound installations for Bjork, MoMA, The Royal Exchange Theatre, The Jersey Heritage Museum, The Thames Estuary Festival and Nostell Priory Yorkshire.

Tony is an audio technologist and producer. He creates new audience experiences by leveraging technology in novel ways. He is an expert in production workflows that deliver both traditional linear media and flexible, responsive, interactive new media experiences that work across different connected devices and in different environments. Tony has a PhD in audio and has received the RTS Young Technologist award.

Eloise has been making radio for 20 years for both the BBC and independent sector. As a sound designer and producer she specialises in audio drama, documentary and sound for animation. In 2013 she was awarded Producer and Sound Designer of the Year by the Radio Academy. She has just received an Audio UK Silver Award in Sound Design.