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This Year’s Big Winners at the Third Coast Conference

We catch up with Professor Neil Verma to get his take on the winners at the 2017 Third Coast International Audio Festival.

Date: 11/21/2017
By Sound Arts and Industries

The Third Coast International Audio Festival was held in Chicago November 9-11. The weekend came on the heels of two weeks of live, on-stage podcasts in venues across the city. The festival brought together radio producers, podcasters, journalists, documentarians, audio artists and students to listen to each other’s work, share ideas and connect. The 2017 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition winners were also named.

This annual competition looks for the best audio stories produced worldwide, and judges include prominent members of the public radio community. Since 2001, the competition has...

Northwestern to Host ‘The World According to Sound’

An interview with the co-creators and hosts of the 90-second podcast ‘The World According to Sound’ ahead of their live recording at Northwestern on October 17.

Date: 10/17/2017
By Sound Arts and Industries

Bridges. Leaf blowers. Auctioneers. What do these seemingly unrelated things have in common? They’ve all been featured on “The World According to Sound,” the 90-second podcast hosted by Sam Harnett and Chris Hoff. On Tuesday, the duo will record a live show at Northwestern University.

“I think it’s really meaningful to come together with a bunch of people and be quiet, but just be listening and not looking at anything,” says Hoff.

Hoff is a sound engineer at KALW News in San Francisco, where Harnett also works as a reporter....

Noise-Water-Meat Cookout Recap

Get to know the 2017-2018 Sound Arts and Industries students who attended the Noise-Water-Meat event.

Date: 10/12/2017
By Sound Arts and Industries

On September 28, Northwestern hosted its third annual Noise-Water-Meat Cookout, the first social event of the year. The event brought together sound-interested students and faculty across Northwestern, including the second cohort of the MA in Sound Arts and Industries.

The event’s unique name is a reference to Noise, Water, Meat: A History of Sound in the Arts , an early classic in the field of sound studies.

“Douglas Kahn is writing about the history of sound in avant-garde art, but we thought his title would also work well for our...

Block Museum of Art Exhibit Inspires Two Northwestern Courses

A new course on sound design connects master’s program and latest exhibit at the Block Museum of Art.

Date: 09/21/2017
By Sound Arts and Industries

An exhibition at Northwestern’s Block Museum of Art will take shape during two courses this fall quarter.

“ Paint the Eyes Softer: Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt ” presents Roman-Egyptian mummy portraits and related artifacts from the site of ancient Tebtunis in Egypt. Most of the objects on display are loans from the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, which holds one of the largest collections of mummy portraits from a single site in the world. In addition to a group of six mummy portraits, the exhibit will feature a complete portrait mummy...

Arup Acoustic Consultant Leads New Winter Course

Course instructor Ryan Biziorek answers questions about the first-time class.

Date: 09/15/2017
By Sound Arts and Industries

Students enrolled in Northwestern’s Sound Arts and Industries program will have the opportunity to take a new course on the acoustics of sound next quarter. We caught up with the course instructor, Ryan Biziorek, Arup Associate and Acoustics, Audio Visual, Theatre Consulting Leader (Chicago), to talk about his new venture into teaching, what students can expect and his own sound education.

Q: You work for Arup , a global engineering and consulting firm in Chicago. Can you talk a bit about your role there?

A: The aural environment is very subjective. I often compare acoustics to tastes...

Going Full Circle with Professor Jake Smith

How Professor Jake Smith started his career in music and created the Sound Arts and Industries program

Date: 09/08/2017
By Sound Arts and Industries

When Jake Smith thinks about the ideal Northwestern Sound Arts and Industries student, he can’t help but think about his own career trajectory.

“I was a musician and my career took me into academia,” Smith says. “That’s one of the profiles of students we’re looking for.”

Smith is a professor in Northwestern’s Radio/Television/Film Department. He’s also one of the founders of the Sound Arts and Industries program.

Smith’s career in sound began in high school when he learned to play guitar. He was a member of several bands...

Sound Devices Co-Founder Returns to Northwestern for Convocation Speech

Jon Tatooles discusses his successes, his challenges and how Northwestern established the foundation for his career

Date: 08/31/2017
By Sound Arts and Industries

On August 23, Jon Tatooles returned to his alma mater to deliver the convocation address to the first graduating master’s students of Northwestern’s Sound Arts and Industries program.

Tatooles graduated from Northwestern’s School of Communication, then called the School of Speech, in 1989 and majored in Radio/Television/Film. He’s been back to the school several times since then and even lived in Evanston from 1998 to 2005, but this was his first speaking engagement.

“I was presented with the opportunity to speak and it was quite an honor,” Tatooles says....

Q&A with Incoming Student Conor Lannan

A conversation with one of our newest sound students

Date: 08/16/2017
By Sound Arts and Industries

As students and faculty gear up for the second year of Northwestern’s MA in Sound Arts and Industries, we caught up with Conor Lannan, who will begin the program in the fall.

We talked to Conor about his sound interests, what attracted him to the program and what he’s most looking forward to during his first quarter.

Q: Did you always have an interest in pursuing sound as a career?

A: I was in band in high school and always really interested in a career in music. But...

A Summer in the Life of a Sound Student

How Andrew Peterson is spending his summer as a sound intern on the West Coast.

Date: 07/27/2017
By Sound Arts and Industries

After completing coursework in the MA in Sound Arts and Industries program this year, Andrew Peterson is spending his summer in Los Angeles. He’s applying the skills he developed at two internships with Atlantic Records and 4th Street Recording Studio .

“My main interest in sound is songwriting, plus engineering and producing,” Peterson says. “I took a lot of classes aimed at that – sound production classes and a [production] seminar class.”

Peterson’s interest in sound and desire to work in the music industry developed while he was pursuing a...

Top Picks on Our Summer Playlist

What Northwestern Sound Arts and Industries students and faculty are listening to this summer.

Date: 07/20/2017
By Sound Arts and Industries

Missing Richard Simmons

What is it? Podcast
Why it’s on our Radar: One day in February 2014, fitness guru Richard Simmons stopped showing up to teach his regular exercise class, cut off ties with his closest friends and removed himself from the public eye. The podcast is hosted by filmmaker Dan Taberski, a friend of Simmons’ and a regular in his fitness classes. As Taberski digs deeper into the case, he uncovers more questions than answers, including the biggest one of all: does Richard Simmons want to...


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