New Aural Cultures returns with this fascinating in-depth discussion with the science communicator and podcast producer (among many other things) Joseph Fridman. Joseph very generously took a brief break from his role as executive director of the upcoming Sound Education Conference taking place in Boston, MA from the 9-12th of October to talk about a range of themes particularly science communication and journalism, and the possibilities that podcasting provides in such areas. Joseph also outlines the aims of the conference and give an incredibly astute insight into the many strands of sound-based practice and education.
Two other podcasting related conferences are coming up very soon including ECREA Radio Research Conference (University of Siena, 19-21 September and Podcasting Poetics Conference (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, 11-12 October).
This is Your Brain on Music – Daniel J. Levitin
Surveillance Capitalism - Shoshana Zuboff
Being Brains. Making the Cerebral Subject - Fernando Vidal & Francisco Ortega
Shannon-Weaver Model of Communication
Science and Technology Studies (STS)
Science experienced through mediation - Dietram A. Scheufele
Podcasting as Liminal Praxis - Dario Llinares
Nick Quah’s Hotpod News
This edition of New Aural Cultures is drawn from a podcasting workshop lead by Dr Dario Llinares at Birkbeck, University of London. Invited by Professor Catherine Grant, Dario introduced 5 PhD students to both the technical, structural and aesthetic elements of podcasting, along with the ways it can supplement or even be integrated as a key part of a researcher's methodology. The PhD students split into groups in which they produced 2 segments outlining the themes and commonalities of their work. What results is an incredibly fruitful discussion that touch on areas such as the voice, authenticity, embodiedness, mediation of the self, creating and revealing truth, composition and decomposition, all of which linked to aspects of podcasting as a medium.
The PhD Students involved were:
Henry Mulhall – Henry’s research looks at how language use in a specific area of Plymouth forms an informal constellation across a range of arts organisation. This is with an aim of identifying communities of practice through language and habitual uses of rhetoric limit that communities access to a wider public sphere.
Paul Martin – Paul’s research looks at the music industry especially the role of A&R in the period of the 1990s in London and specifically Black British electronic music (e.g. Drum and Bass) of the period.
Emily Best – Researching the wider contexts of changes in listening culture in the age of the smartphone and the mediation of voice through technology. Also through working with the National Literacy Trust Emily explores how audio can support literacy in different ways.
Mah Rana - Mah's research derives from her current experience of being a daughter caring for her mother who has dementia, and also as an artist & researcher using crafts & creative practice in community projects.
Lily Green - Lily's research is based on a series of interconnected performance-based social experiments focussing on eusocial insect's intricate social systems. As the first and most enduring global civilisation, what can we learn from them? And what is the basis for people's irrational fear of insects.
Many thanks to Prof. Catherine Grant, Jo Coleman & Ayca Ince Onkal for their support.
Transition music: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Christian_Bjoerklund/
Hot on the heels of the publication of our own Podcasting book came another foundational text in the development of Podcast Studies. Podcasting: The Audio Media Revolution was written by Dr Martin Spinelli and Dr Lance Dann and is accompanied by a podcast entitled For Your Ears Only. In a wide-ranging conversation Dario talks to Martin Spinelli about the development of the book, it's role in the expanding field of Podcast studies, and the similarities and difference to our work Podcasting: New Aural Cultures and Digital Media.
Martin and Dario also onto discuss the interview methodology and the impressive range of podcast producers that underpins the research. They then get into the weeds on a range of conceptual themes related to the medium of podcasting including the ontology of knowledge through sound, empathy and vulnerability, authenticity and intimacy, Techo-discursivity, diversity of voices and podcasting's commercial and structural future.
Dr Martin Spinelli has a hugely impressive C.V. as both a radio producer and academic. He began a career in radio as a reporter, anchor and producer in Buffalo, New York, he produced national award-winning news features and documentaries for public radio as well as the nationally acclaimed literary series LINEbreak. In the mid-1990s he produced cutting-edge pieces heard on innovative stations around the world, as well as on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4. Both his benchmark radio art series Radio Radio and LINEbreak are included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Television and Radio in New York while all of his radio work and media research are archived in the Martin Spinelli Collection at the University at Buffalo Libraries.
Martin holds degrees from the University of Sussex and Virginia Tech as well as a PhD from Buffalo. He was the founder of the Academic Radio Program at the City University of New York at Brooklyn College where he produced the AIDS-informational soap opera Welcome to America broadcast on Radio Africa International. His many essays about media art, law and history have been published in anthologies as well as scholarly journals such as Postmodern Culture, Convergence and Object. He currently a Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at the university of Sussex.
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In this our 4th episode of New Aural Cultures, Richard Berry has been talking to 3 more authors about their work. Whilst each of authors arrives at podcasting from different routes there are themes that cut across each of their interviews that are central to some of the debates in podcast studies.
In this episode Stacey Copeland talks about her work in feminist media and radio studies, and in particular the work of podcaster Kaitlin Prest in The Heart (if you haven’t already binged through The Heart we suggest that you add it to your list). Stacey is a media producer and Ph.D. student at Simon Fraser University’s School of Communication in Vancouver, Canada. She received her Master of Arts from the Ryerson York joint Communication and Culture graduate program where she studied with a focus on radio production, sound studies, media culture and gender studies. It was during her Master’s work that Copeland co-founded FemRadio, a Toronto, Canada based feminist community radio collective. Some areas of scholarly interest include feminist media, oral/aural histories, sound archives, media history, phenomenology of voice, sensory ethnography, and cultural heritage.
Our second interview is the artist Robbie Wilson, who merged podcasting with art practice in his work called Wandercast. As piece of work this podcast provides an alternative application for the podcast form. Robbie is a creative practitioner, artistic researcher, and published author. His practice-as-research PhD was awarded in November 2018 – the project developed and examined playful, participatory strategies for finding novel ways of perceiving and interacting with people, places, things, and ideas. In this way, Robbie’s practice facilitates creative learning: it creates the conditions for creativity to be learned.
In our third interview Kathleen Collins talks about her love for podcasts as a listener led to this investigation into comedian hosted podcasts and their link to conversations around mental health. Kathleen is a librarian and professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. since 2007. Previously, she was in the journalism field for a decade, working as an editorial researcher. She has written about television, media history and popular culture in both scholarly and popular publications.
Some of the podcasts recommend here are:
20,000hertz - https://www.20k.org/
The Shadows - https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcasts/the-shadows/
The Kitchen Sisters - http://www.kitchensisters.org/
And while London Burns - https://platformlondon.org/p-multimedia/and-while-london-burns/
Adrift with Geoff Lloyd - https://play.acast.com/s/adrift
WTF with Marc Maron - http://www.wtfpod.com/
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The founder and producer of Podnews.net, James Cridland talks to Dario about the latest industry moves that have potential implications for the future of the medium. In a series of articles on his website, James explores the BBC's decision to withdraw Podcasting Content from Google in a move the corporation claimed was about data sharing and licensing but has been widely viewed as part of a trend towards further institutional gatekeeping of podcasting content. The BBC's motivation may be more about control of branding, but with Spotify's capture of Gimlet and Anchor the hosting and production site, along with new company Luminary about to offer subscription podcast content (calling itself the Netflix of podcasting), the medium might be about to go through its next transformational iteration. Dario and James discuss these issues along with wider topics related to podcasting.
With over 28 years in the radio and online business, in 2005 James Cridland helped launch the first daily podcast from a UK radio station and the world’s first radio station streaming app, and has been operating online publications since 1993. He offers a truly international view: a Brit, living in Australia, working for companies across the world including North America. This daily newsletter is a unique opportunity to contextualise the international podcast landscape.
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Some of the fundamental discourses around podcasting are discussed in episode 2 of New Aural Cultures. In this edition Dario speaks to three of the contributing authors to the book Podcast: New Aural Cultures and Digital Media. John Sullivan Professor of Media & Communication at Muhlenberg college, Pennsylvania US. John's research explores links between media industries and systems of social and economic power. We talk about his chapter on the entrepreneurial discourses that are shaping podcasting particularly out the podcast movement conference in the USA. Lieven Heeremans is a Masters Student in Media and Performance studies at Utrecht university and a of @podcastclub111 based in Amsterdam. We discuss syndication production culture in podcasting. The final guest is Luk Swiatek Lecturer in Communications and Public Relations at Massy University University, and we explore his concpetualisation podcasting as an intimate bridging mechanism.
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Episode 1 of the New Aural Cultures podcast sees co-editors of 2018’s Podcasting - New Aural Cultures and Digital Media (Palgrave), Dr Dario Llinares, Dr Neil Fox and Richard Berry, provide an overview of the first academic collection to tackle the nascent media of the podcast and discuss some of the underlying issues, advances, challenges and joys of the medium and try and contextualise why it means so much to so many people and why it’s worthy of such scholarly scrutiny.
Over the course of the hour the three editors discuss how the book captures a significant moment, not only in terms of content but also in terms of the interdisciplinarity of the contributors, highlighting the potentiality of podcasting at a moment when it’s threatened by the corporatisation that has befallen other mediums and art-forms historically.
It’s not all doom and gloom though, as Neil, Dario and Richard talk about why they love the medium and hopefully convey some of the energy and excitement that comes out of the book, for this emerging, empathetic and enlightening medium.
Successive episodes will feature interviews with the book’s contributors and a final episode will see the co-editors come together again, this time to discuss their own contributions to the collection.
The music used for this series is Winter Walk (Silver Trumpet Mix). It is licensed under creative commons attribution 3.0 and is available here.