New HowSound: Fictional Sounds For A Fictional Story
(October 19, 2018)


In this edition of HowSound, Rob Rosenthal describes the complex and time-consuming attempt to record a simple sound, that of himself walking up a gangplank.

How long could that take, you may wonder, imagining a straightforward and brief recording session. Not so. As Rob notes, “What I thought was a ten-minute job took about forty minutes instead. Ridiculous.”

His effort was a gift to Transom Story Workshop student Morgan Givens, who’d made a fictional piece set in the 1800s and needed that sound.

Read Rob’s recounting of his arduous recording experience, and listen to Morgan’s piece by clicking here.

Produced in collaboration with the Public Radio Exchange, HowSound delves into the ins-and-outs of radio storytelling in conversations about everything from fieldwork and recording techniques to narrative and ethics.

Each episode highlights the work of producers such as Alix Spiegel, Roman Mars, Joe Richman, Kelly McEvers, and Anna Sale. HowSound also features work from new producers, including students from the Transom Story Workshop.

Host Rob Rosenthal launched and directed the radio program at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies for eleven years. He’s an audio guy through and through, producing documentaries, features, multi-media, audio tours, sound art, podcasts, commercials, and public service announcements as a freelancer.

Since the fall of 2011, Rob has been the lead instructor of the Transom Story Workshop, teaching eight-week workshops twice a year in Woods Hole, as well as weeklong workshops around the country.