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Homeschool Radio Intensive Workshop

Feb 15, 2021 - Feb 20, 2021

Led by Wave Farm 2020/2021 Radio Art Fellow, Jess Speer, this workshop takes its focus from the 1992 radio artwork Redefining Democracy in America, Part 6: Leap of Faith by artist Jacki Apple, produced in collaboration with writer, poet, and performer Keith Antar Mason. Both were based in Los Angeles at the time, the radio work was made in the wake of the L.A. uprisings set off by the verdict in the Rodney King trial. Apple, a white woman raised in Manhattan, and Mason, a Black man raised in St. Louis, had a conversation about growing up on opposite sides of the American racial divide in the mid-20th century and placing the current events of that time in a larger historical and personal context. Almost 30 years later, the piece is as relevant now as it was then.

In the workshop, the group will listen to the piece closely and have a discussion about both its content, context, and form. Jacki Apple will visit the class to talk about making the piece, and answer questions. Participants will then either partner to work in small groups or work singly to create a radio art piece that responds to our experiences of history in our lifetimes, whether through music, poetry, interviews, radio play, or more abstract sound productions.

The Details

  • No previous audio experience is necessary.
  • Participants will need to have access to the internet for streaming and Zoom meetings, and a digital recording device (a phone, tablet, or laptop will work). Access to simple cloud-based audio production software will be available, but participants are welcome to use tools they are familiar with as well.
  • Participants should expect to spend a minimum of 30 minutes meeting together with Speer and/or the full class each day, and to spend time each day outside of that either listening to or making radio work.

  • Anticipated Schedule
  • Zoom meeting will start at 4 or 4:30 p.m. and will be kept short and sweet.
  • Monday 2/15: Ice breaking & Introductions day. Background on the piece. Intro to Soundtrap (production software).
  • Tuesday 2/16: Listening to Leap of Faith together (optional). Homework (not optional): Listen again on your own at least once (twice if you skip the class listening session), with headphones, possibly while taking a walk or doing something with your hands like drawing.
  • Wednesday 2/17: Discussion of Leap of Faith, brainstorming, partner up.
  • Thursday 2/18: All day drop-in office hours--Jess is available on zoom for consulting on projects, students will work on production on their own time. Checking in during office hours encouraged but not required!
  • Friday 2/19: 5-6 p.m. - Projects due. Meet together to debrief one last time.
  • On Saturday 2/20 time tba - Friends and family are invited to a listening party to hear each of the pieces together.
  • Saturday LISTENING PARTY! Live stream the pieces, invite anyone you like! * (Projects will be available to listen to another time if Saturday doesn't work for some people.)
  • Contact info@wavefarm.org to register or ask questions.