Welcome to the audio newsletter of Northwestern University's MA Program in Sound Arts and Industries.


  • Sonic Voyages with Kara Oehler

    Sonic Voyages with Kara Oehler

    29/05/2020 Duración: 11min

    Where would you go to hear a unique sound? It turns out, fascinating sounds are all around us and all around the world. Listen as documentary artist and radio producer Kara Oehler revisits some of the sonic destinations featured in the “Sonic Voyages” issue of the New York Times Magazine and offers a glimpse into the special issue’s production.

  • Behind The Truth with Jonathan Mitchell

    Behind "The Truth" with Jonathan Mitchell

    17/01/2020 Duración: 14min

    Jonathan Mitchell is the creator and producer of "The Truth," a fiction podcast of original stories set in richly detailed, often strange and darkly comedic, audio worlds. Listen as Jonathan talks about the early days of "The Truth", the evolution of the show’s production, and the state of audio fiction.

  • Voice-First Games with Audacious Machine Creative

    Voice-First Games with Audacious Machine Creative

    20/12/2019 Duración: 07min

    Encyclopedia Britannica’s "Guardians of History" is an educational adventure game that guides the narrative through voice commands with an Alexa or Google Home device. It provided a unique creative process for sound designer and Sound Arts and Industries alum Jeffrey Nils Gardner of Audacious Machine Creative. Listen as Jeffrey discusses the development, collaboration, and gameplay for "Guardians of History."

  • The Joys of Audio Storytelling with Ele Matelan

    The Joys of Audio Storytelling with Ele Matelan

    20/09/2019 Duración: 09min

    Ele Matelan is a sonic storyteller working in Chicago as a Foley artist for both live theater and films. She has years of experience devising the perfect sound effects to propel a story forward. Listen as Sound Arts and Industries student Jeffrey Nils Gardner guides us through Ele’s view on Foley’s place in audio storytelling, and audio drama communities in Chicago.

  • The Voices of Dragons with Paula Fairfield

    The Voices of Dragons with Paula Fairfield

    09/08/2019 Duración: 15min

    Over a career including TV's "LOST" and "Game of Thrones", Emmy award-winning sound designer Paula Fairfield has created rich soundscapes that expertly blend reality with the fantastic. On a campus visit she inspired our students to fully express their unique selves in their work. Listen as Paula talks about sound designing "Game of Thrones", advice for collaborating in creative projects, and using the voices of dragons to spur animal conservation.

  • Sound-Only Storytelling with Gary Rydstrom

    Sound-Only Storytelling with Gary Rydstrom

    19/07/2019 Duración: 12min

    Seven-time Academy Award winner Gary Rydstrom has created some of the most memorable sound designs in modern cinema (Jurassic Park, Toy Story, and Saving Private Ryan, to name a few). He has also brought his audio storytelling outside traditional film, designing the sound for theme park Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge in Disneyland and an installation at San Francisco’s deYoung Museum called The Companions, an audio-only cinematic experience that guided visitors through immersive and directional sound. Listen as Gary takes us through the creative process behind The Companions, and the power of using audio in storytelling.

  • Sculpting Sounds with Trimpin

    Sculpting Sounds with Trimpin

    24/05/2019 Duración: 13min

    Trimpin loves natural and acoustic sound. He moved to America decades ago partly to have greater access to discarded technological and mechanical materials to create his inventive installations, which combine music composition with visually imaginative kinetics (and some wizardry). Listen as Trimpin talks about a selection of his world-renowned sound sculptures, navigating the art community as a sound artist, and the beauty of natural sound.

  • Making Podcasts with Karina Longworth

    Making Podcasts with Karina Longworth

    19/04/2019 Duración: 09min

    Karina Longworth loves film history. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the way she thoroughly investigates the stories in her very popular podcast on Hollywood's first century, "You Must Remember This". Listen as Karina talks about the origins, creative process, and economics behind “You Must Remember This”.

  • Sound at Play

    Sound at Play

    15/03/2019 Duración: 17min

    Brendan Baker likes to play with sound. Music composition, documentary, audio fiction - Baker can do it all, always maintaining that sense of play with the audio craft. After a successful stint as a producer on the podcast "Love + Radio," he brought his talents to directing Marvel's original audio dramas "Wolverine The Long Night" and the upcoming "Wolverine: The Lost Trail." Listen as Baker talks about his career, using music and experimentation in audio storytelling, and having fun with sound.

  • Improv and Audio Theatre with Matt Young

    Improv and Audio Theatre with Matt Young

    01/02/2019 Duración: 14min

    Listen to Chicago improviser Matt Young about performing improv in podcasts like "Hello from the Magic Tavern," from an interview by Sound Arts and Industries student Jeffrey Nils Gardner.

  • The Art of the Podcast

    The Art of the Podcast

    28/06/2018 Duración: 07min

    In this episode we conclude our series on radio producer Sarah Geis' course, The Art of the Podcast. Listen as Sound Arts and Industries student Julia Ferguson guides us on the quarter-long journey through the course that led her and her classmates to explore the medium of audio storytelling.

  • R Take

    R Take

    30/05/2018 Duración: 14min

    Listen as students Jason Foley, Lauren Kriel, and Erin Watt explore the question of cultural identity in this Radiolab-inspired piece that examines the popularity of DNA ancestry testing kits.

  • Moombahton


    30/04/2018 Duración: 08min

    In this episode, we continue showcasing student work from the class The Art of the Podcast, taught by radio producer Sarah Geis. Students Jonathan Chambers, Julia Ferguson, Brendan Monte, and Pavan Vasdev interviewed Gabriel Gomes, also known as DJ Wizard, about his career in pioneering Moombahton music. Listen as DJ Wizard touches on cultural appropriation in music, selling out, and finding a place as a creative.

  • Sniffer, Hunter, Master, Fox

    Sniffer, Hunter, Master, Fox

    06/04/2018 Duración: 15min

    This past fall, radio producer Sarah Geis taught “The Art of the Podcast” for our program. This course guided students through the medium’s past, present, and future through listening, critique, and creation. Listen as students Sam Clapp, Dan Tinkler, and Molly Wagener present their essayistic documentary piece from the course, detailing their experience reporting on a ham-radio foxhunt.

  • Coffee and Waves

    Coffee and Waves

    07/03/2018 Duración: 21min

    Sound Arts and Industries student Brad Robin created the electroacoustic composition “Steam” after gaining inspiration from one of our core courses in sound studies. “Steam” was accepted into the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, where it was programmed for a concert at the Abrons Art Center. Listen as Robin discusses his process of creating the piece, followed by the complete recording of “Steam.”

  • Sonic Activism

    Sonic Activism

    09/08/2017 Duración: 09min

    Ali Aftab Saeed (@aliaftabsaeed) is one of the most influential sound artists working in Pakistan today, becoming an international viral sensation with his band Beygairat Brigade’s biting satirical pop song “Aalu Anday” in 2011. Listen as he and bandmate Saad Sultan discuss the stories behind some of their most controversial hits and their experience working with Northwestern faculty and students to record a new song in the soundstage of the MA in Sound Arts and Industries. "Jagay Koi" "Jagay Koi" Music Video

  • Exploring Sound Science with Sound

    Exploring Sound Science with Sound

    15/07/2016 Duración: 15min

    Listen to projects from the new course Communicating Sound Science with Sound Media, where students use sound design to present topics in sound science so that they are accessible to a wide audience. The course is a microcosm of the unique interdisciplinary curriculum offered at Northwestern’s MA in Sound Arts and Industries and draws upon the expertise of some of its key faculty in sound arts, sound science, and sound studies.

  • Catching Up with Footsteps Foley

    Catching Up with Footsteps Foley

    11/05/2016 Duración: 13min

    Hear about the fascinating world of Foley art from Sandra Fox of the world-renowned Footsteps Post-Production Sound. Fox describes some tricks of the trade in an interview, and you can hear her in action at a recent workshop with Northwestern students sponsored by the MA in Sound Arts and Industries.

  • The Place for Sound, Part 1

    The Place for Sound, Part 1

    04/03/2016 Duración: 14min

    Northwestern University is the place for sound. Hear about how new facilities and initiatives are multiplying opportunities for sound-minded arts and research. Join us on a tour of the new sound spaces at Northwestern, which include the center for our MA, a brand new state-of-the-art recording studio, and a mysterious disc archive.

  • Gary Rydstrom: Secrets of Star Wars Sound Design

    Gary Rydstrom: Secrets of "Star Wars" Sound Design

    29/01/2016 Duración: 17min

    Seven-time Academy Award winning sound designer Gary Rydstrom discusses his career, his recent work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Strange Magic, and his enthusiasm for the master’s program in sound at Northwestern.

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