MENTORSHIP

Documentary audio storytelling is a unique creature. It is neither pure sound art, nor pure journalism, nor public storytelling. It is something in between. It is not directly amenable to the rules of visual documentary, journalism or music production.

During the four days of the workshop, we will follow a typical creator’s path from the beginning of an idea for an audio narrative to the final 5-7 minutes audition of each participant’s audio narrative at the closing event of the audio festival BANGUOJA.

 

We will do ‘ear cleaning’ exercises, try to clarify ideas together, learn about the basics of artistic/journalistic research, learn about radio writing, how to record clean sound and voice, and anthropological interview techniques. We will discuss the possibilities of narrative structures and their application in practice, we will work with the voice, learn the basics of sound editing and how to enrich the audio piece using it.

The workshop will be free of charge and will be mentored by NARA’s audio journalist Adomas Zubė, LRT’s Radio Documentary producer Sigita Vegytė, NARA’s journalist and anthropologist Martyna Šulskutė, sound designer Kata Bitowt and journalist at LRT radio Rūta Dambravaitė

Pre-registration is required

Programme

FIRST

MEETING: INSPIRATION

16th of August

05:00 - 08:00 p.m.

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Program of the day:

● Intro: What is audio documentary storytelling? The path from idea to listening session
● Ear cleaning by Ray Murray Schafer
● ‘That’s a subject not a story’: how to turn a subject into a story?
● Discussion about the ideas and plans generated.
● What is journalistic/artistic research?

THIRD

MEETING: PROCESSING

22t of August

05:00 - 08:00 p.m.

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Program of the day:

● Discussion about the material, focusing
● How to select quotations and structure a story
● The narrator’s voice: how to write sound?
● Basics of editing

SECOND

MEETING:

RESEARCH

18th of August

05:00 - 08:00 p.m.

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Program of the day:

● Recordings: how to record a clear sound or voice; exercises
● Interviewing techniques: anthropological gaze
● Scenes: the path of the imagination
● Discussion about the work plan

FOURTH

MEETING:

DESIGN

24th of August

05:00 - 08:00 p.m.

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Program of the day:

● Listening to to drafts
● How to enliven and enrich your existing work with sound: the basics and games of sound
design
● Reflection and discussion

Mentors

Adomas Zubė

Radio producer and cultural journalist, currently collaborating with the journalist collective NARA. His stories have been featured on LRT RADIO and LRT KLASIKA, where for the past three seasons he has been producing ‘Arijos dekonstrukcija’ (The Deconstruction of the aria), a programme dedicated to opera storylines. In his creative practice, Adomas explores how audio journalism can be intertwined with sound art and how authentic voice recordings, together with other sound elements such as soundscapes, vibrations and music, can merge into a single, fluid sound texture. 

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Sigita Vegytė

A for LRT Radio. For several years she worked in the news service, producing and presenting programmes on science and foreign news. In 2019, she joined the ‘Radio Documentary’ team. Her documentary ‘The Man Under the Spacesuit’ (Žmogus po skafandru) was nominated for the Prix Europa in 2021.

Kata Bitowt

sound engineer working at the LNB sound recording studio and incollaboration with NARA. Working with both studio and external sounds, the biggest question remains: where are and how do the boundaries between sound, noise and musicchange?

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Martyna Šulskutė

Martyna Šulskutė is producer, editor of documentary audio stories and photographer. She graduated from Vytautas Magnus University with a Master's degree in Social Anthropology and studied Social Sciences at Lund University, Sweden. During her studies, she obtained a qualification in Intercultural Understanding from Southern Illinois University. She has been working with the NARA team since 2018. In 2021, she completed the Ake Blomstrom Award radio documentary production training with personal mentor Simon Elmes from the BBC. She aims to enrich journalistic storytelling with environmental observation typical of the science of anthropology, exploring interviewees’ lives beyond the conventional interview. Her areas of interest include the relationship between humans and nature, ecology, communities, ethnic groups, migration and field recordings.

Rūta Dambravaitė

A journalist at LRT RADIJO, where she produces the RadioDocumentary programme. Rūta is interested in telling stories and finding a different way todo it every time. Ideas often come when you step away from the computer and the editingroom, so it‘s important not to miss every possible chance to get inspired.

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