DIY Podcasting: Creating Atmosphere

How to master tone and hook your audience through music and other sound choices.

6:30–8:30pm (Classroom 1)Note: This is a 3 part class (6 hours)

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Music and sounds can create an atmosphere, guide your audience through the story, and strike an emotional chord, all of which are elements that will have your audience hooked. The challenge is to pick sounds that can enhance your story without competing with the voice. Here’s your chance to master the tone of your audio-story and add color to your content. 

Bring your ideas or projects and join Elisheba Ittoop, digital audio producer for Masterpiece, and the sound designer and composer for CNN’s podcast “Getting to Even”, as you workshop the best ways to make your podcast stand out from the rest of the pack. 

Curriculum Plan 
In the first class you will learn the techniques to score music. The instructor will go through the sound basics, EQ, gain, compression and demostrate a noise reduction plug in (Izotope Rx). She will also give tips on music scoring and where to find free music. At the end of the class, the instructor will provide an audio piece that the participants should score for the next week.

The second class will focus on the theory. The class starts with listening to the scored audio and give each other constructive criticism. The instructor will than talk about music pacing, having a leitmotif and how much music you should use.  

During the last week, the students will continue to work on their scored pieces or work on music for their own podcasts. This class will be fully dedicated to evaluating each audio fragment. The instructor will ask leading question to stir a discussion about the participant’s scored work and give feedback on how to improve their piece.

What You Will Learn

  • Come away with the ability to score music for your own podcast. 

  • Learn the best ways to use music and sound to enhance an audio story and about the pitfalls. 

  • Gain perspective on using a leitmotif and tempo while scoring music. 

  • Expand your understanding of the impact of music to attract an audience. 

  • Receive tips on how to obtain permission to use music or how to find free music. 

Prerequisites & Preparation

A basic understanding of Apple's Garageband and some basic audio production technology devices. 

About the instructor

Elisheba Ittoop

Elisheba Ittoop

Elisheba Ittoop is a digital audio producer for Masterpiece, and the sound designer and composer for CNN’s podcast “Getting to Even”. Her designs and original music have been heard at theaters such as The Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre, Women’s Project, National Gallery of Art, Soho Rep, Triad Stage, Woolly Mammoth, Arena Stage, Alliance Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, Trinity Repertory, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. He work has also been featured at Bonnaroo Music Festival, Okeechobee Music Festival, and the Center for Puppetry Arts. Elisheba was a resident sound designer at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center for the 2010 and 2011 National Playwrights Conferences, recipient of the Kenan Fellowship at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and winner of the 2008 USITT Rising Star Award. Education: NYU, North Carolina School of the Arts.

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