New HowSound: Sound Design Basics
(September 19, 2017)


Documentary storytelling is teacher Rob Rosenthal’s bailiwick; he has his footing, he knows the ropes. But when a student asks him about sound design, whether because they want to heighten tension or otherwise spice up a piece, he has to pause.

A great teacher knows to ask for advice when meeting a challenge, and in this episode of HowSound, Rob does just that, talking about the art of sound design with Matthew Boll, a lead producer and music composer at Gimlet.

This is the first in an occasional series he’s beginning on sound design. To hear this first foray, click 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.