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The Art of Field Recording, Part II with Dianne Ballon

Note: To sign up for this workshop, you must have taken the Art of Field Recording with Dianne Ballon or one of our workshops with the Kitchen Sisters.

Now it’s your turn to record in the field!

Before this workshop, all students must go out and make a recording for a project they want to begin or continue to build. The recording should include an interview “in the field” - that is, anywhere outside the confines of a studio or a vocal booth. This can be in a building, office, home, outdoors, on the street or in the wild. Each student will select the best 5-minute segment of their recording and bring it to class on a thumb drive. The editing doesn't need to be perfect! We will share more guidelines about your recording once you sign up for the workshop.

Dianne will lead a group discussion of the group's recording and interviewing techniques and whether the recordings meet the producers' expectations for their projects. Walk away with practical information based on your own experiences as well as the challenges and decisions of the group.


"Terrific, practical lessons from a true sound recording artist."

"Instructor was knowledgeable and gave practical lessons from her own experiences including her mistakes. She was a terrific teacher."

"Dianne is a national treasure with decades of experience and the ear of a master."


Dianne Ballon is a sound artist. Ten of her sound works have aired on NPR’s All Things Considered. At Shenandoah National Park, she was awarded an Artist-in-Residency and created a sound portrait of the park. At the Goethe Institute, she presented her sound installation Musical Instrument Dreams. For the international radio art competition 60 Seconds Radio, she was awarded for her field recording of boats creaking at a dock in Iceland. She taught audio production and radio theatre at the University of Maine at Augusta and, for more than 10 summers, was a member of the teaching and production staff at the National Audio Theatre Festivals. Currently on exhibit, she produced the audio for “The Marines and Tet” exhibition at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.


The cost of this three-hour workshop is $75 for non-members and $65 for members of the Podcast Garage or members of the Harvard Ed Portal (i.e. any Allston-Brighton resident.) Sign up below!

We're offering scholarships for this workshop. Learn more here.

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