New HowSound: Scoring Stories: Part 1
(October 16, 2019)


Long-time instructor Rob Rosenthal knows just how tempting it is for producers, especially beginning ones, to want to add music to heighten the power of a story. But, it takes time to get a feel for how and when to do that.

In this week’s HowSound, Rob offers the first of two episodes on the fundamentals of using music in stories.

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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.