New Sound School: Recording Sound Design in the Field

Sound School Podcast


Recording on location is not the usual approach to sound design, but it’s one John Scott Dryden embraces for the fiction podcasts he produces.

For “Q&A,” the first season of Mumbai Crime from Radiotopia, everything was recorded in Mumbai, and in this episode of Sound School, John explains why.

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Produced in collaboration with PRX, The Sound School Podcast delves into the ins-and-outs of audio storytelling. The show features conversations about everything from interviewing and recording to narrative writing and ethics.

Each episode highlights the work of producers such as Al Letson, Alex Blumberg, Noel King, Leila Day, Saidu Tejan-Thomas Jr., Phoebe Judge, David Isay, and Susan Stamberg, as well as emerging producers from podcasts and local NPR stations around the country.

Rob Rosenthal is the host. Rob launched and directed the radio program at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies for eleven years. He was the lead instructor for the Transom Story Workshops for ten years. He’s an audio guy through and through producing podcasts, documentaries, features, multi-media, and audio tours. He now works mostly as a story editor and still teaches from time to time.