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YASS! presents a program of online masterclasses, running from December 2020 to June 2021. The series is meant to give a wider community of people interested in audio production, the possibility to listen to diverse perspectives, voices from different latitudes, aesthetics, genres, methodologies, hints into audio storytelling.

 

What does it mean to write for the ears? How can we go beyond verbal narration? How do I blend fiction and non-fiction to tell a true story? How can sensitive materials be used ethically? Are personal stories political? 

 

Each masterclass will provide participants (small groups to foster interaction and dialogue) with tools and behind the scenes to learn how to break formats and expectations, how to surprise and find one’s voice. We learn how to make sound-rich stories by listening: YASS! guest speakers come from diverse backgrounds and we suggest you to follow the program through and through. 

 

YASS! Digital Masterclasses Program features Catalina May and Martín Cruz, Ann Heppermann, Maartje Duin, Charo Calvo, Brit Jensen and Axel Kacoutié.

The 2021 masterclasses are fully booked!

for info and waiting list: yass[at]radiopapesse.org

2021

Cruces en el desierto - behind the scenes

A sonic dive behind the scenes of the award-winning Cruces en el desierto, by Las Raras.

Catalina May and Martín Cruz will take the participants for a journey into their working process.

NEW DATE 2021: May 14th 2021 @ 6.00pm (CET)

LENGTH: 2 ore

WHERE: online

N° PARTICIPANTS: 20 people max.

 

Catalina May is a Chilean journalist based in Santiago. She also works as Senior Editor at Adonde Media.

Martín Cruz is a sound engineer, sound designer, musician and aerial cinematographer from Santiago, Chile. He is currently the Supervising Mastering Engineer for podcast production company Adonde Media.

Together, they are the hosts and co-creators of Las Raras, a Spanish-language non-fiction storytelling podcast that features people who resist norms, who work for social change and challenge the status quo.

Las Raras was chosen among thousands of applicants to be part of the inaugural Google Podcasts Creator Program cohort and was recently awarded at Third Coast International Audio Festival.

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A sound is not just a sound

A lot of our spatial experience of the world is learned through listening.

Sounds are complex and evocative and they need space to exist.

Concerning the creation of Audio Stories, there is a fascinating work to be made to translate the three-dimensional experience of space into the mental architecture of the universe proposed by the story. It demands some effort of imagination, aural imagination, and the belief that sounds can be associated with other things through our daily experience of them. If we understand these associations, we are ready to design sound, to create impossible soundscapes. A sound is not just a sound.

WHEN: May 21st, 2021 @ 6.00pm (CET)

FOR HOW LONG: 2 hours

WHERE: online

N° PARTICIPANTS: 20 people max

This masterclass is organized in collaboration with Atelier de Création Sonore et Radiophonique, Bruxelles

 

Charo Calvo is a Spanish electroacoustic composer, sound designer and teacher living in Brussels. After having performed as a dancer with the Belgian dance company Ultima Vez, she started her studies on Electroacoustic Composition in 1992 with Annette Vande Gorne at Brussels Conservatory (now ARTS2 Mons).
Her work as a composer has developed through different media - dance, performance, theatre, film and radio - and it has been widely presented in international venues and festivals. She was awarded several prizes, among which: Palma Ars Acustica 2014 EBU, Phonurgia Nova Awards Paris 2017, Prix Marulic 2018 Croatia, Grand Prix Nova Bucharest 2019 and she has been shortlisted for Prix Europa Berlin, Hearsay Prize Ireland.

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Risk yourself

how to record (difficult) conversations

Recording with people is what Brit Jensen does and what she loves doing.  However, interviewing is also an extremely difficult discipline. Your conversation partners hold experiences, thoughts, dreams, insecurities, regrets and memories that you cannot even imagine; because they are not yours. So how do you get to them? How do you ask difficult and sometimes painful, sometimes awkward questions?  During this master class Brit will share some thoughts, show examples of where she has failed and succeeded, and talk about why she thinks risking yourself is the key to good interviews.

WHEN: June 4th, 2020 @ 6.00pm (CET)

FOR HOW LONG: 2 hours

WHERE: online

N° PARTICIPANTS: 20 people max

 

Brit Jensen is a Danish radio documentary maker living in the Czech Republic. She has produced audio documentaries for various radios abroad: BBC, ABC, Danish Radio, but the majority of her work has been made for and broadcast by the Czech Radio where she also, since 2015, has been working as head editor of the youth documentary programme. 

 

Since 2018, together with journalist Magdalena Sodomkova, she’s been producing the country's first investigative podcast series, which, however, Czech Radio - in a highly controversial manner - refused to publish. Since then, Brit has been supporting the emergence of alternative audio platforms and forums in the country. By the end of 2020 together with friend and fellow radio maker, Jiri Slavicinsky, she released the non-fiction horror series Anatomy of Fear with the new, independent label Audionaut. She is currently working on another investigative audio series in cooperation with an independent daily.

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Regarding the pain of others

Walking the line between moving your listeners and tear-jerking

The beauty of audio storytelling is in the emotion. A sigh, a silence, a stutter in the voice can all be much more powerful than just spoken words. And a small microphone can give you access to emotions people wouldn’t show in front of a camera.

But some emotions can feel too big to touch upon. The podcast ‘The Plantation of Our ancestors’, about the legacy of Dutch slavery, deals with the racial dimensions of historical pain. Maartje Duin talks about her editorial decisions and doubts regarding the pain of others. How do you convey these emotions to the listener in a way that doesn’t feel cheap or exploitative? How do you deal with your own emotions? And what role do skin color and cultural background play in that process?

WHEN: July 2nd, 2021 @ 9.45am (CET)

FOR HOW LONG: 2 hours

WHERE: online

N° PARTICIPANTS: 20 people max

This masterclass is organized in collaboration with Oorzaken Festival, Amsterdam.

 

Maartje Duin is an award winning independent journalist and podcast producer based in Amsterdam. She uses audio to transform critical social issues such as loneliness, decolonization and dementia into intimate, poetic stories. In ‘The Plantation of our Ancestors’, which she made in collaboration with Peggy Bouva, she delves into traces of slavery that connect their family trees.

The podcast attracted an audience of nearly a million listeners, both in The Netherlands and Suriname. It earned wide critical acclaim and won several prizes.

Peggy and Maartje are now working on a second season.

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Art or function

how context inform creativity

Limitation breeds creativity. You may have a mind block or think that you have been given the most uninspiring of subjects to work on. However, in this 90-minute talk, audio artist and poet Axel Kacoutié will reveal to you that there's magic in the mundane. Whether it's for an abstract audio piece or a daily news podcast, there will always room for artistic interpretation in your audio productions that honour your creative flare.

WHEN: July 2nd, 2021 @ 11.45am (CET)

FOR HOW LONG: 2 hours

WHERE: online

N° PARTICIPANTS: 20 people max

This masterclass is organized in collaboration with Oorzaken Festival, Amsterdam.

Axel Kacoutié is a multi-award-winning audio artist and poet who's been working with sound, music and words to challenge the familiar and revive the magic in the mundane. His work has featured on the BBC, Channel 4, NOWNESS and the Barbican. He is also the Sound Designer and theme composer for the Guardian's daily news podcast, Today in Focus.

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2020

Cruces en el desierto - behind the scenes

A sonic dive behind the scenes of the award-winning Cruces en el desierto, by Las Raras.

Catalina May and Martín Cruz will take the participants for a journey into their working process.

WHEN: December 10th, 2020 @ 6.00pm (CET)

FOR HOW LONG: 2 hours

WHERE: online

N° PARTICIPANTS: 20 people max

Catalina May is a Chilean journalist based in Santiago. She also works as Senior Editor at Adonde Media.

Martín Cruz is a sound engineer, sound designer, musician and aerial cinematographer from Santiago, Chile. He is currently the Supervising Mastering Engineer for podcast production company Adonde Media.

Together, they are the hosts and co-creators of Las Raras, a Spanish-language non-fiction storytelling podcast that features people who resist norms, who work for social change and challenge the status quo.

Las Raras was chosen among thousands of applicants to be part of the inaugural Google Podcasts Creator Program cohort and was recently awarded at Third Coast International Audio Festival.

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All the World is Fiction

In this workshop, you will listen to programs that blend fiction and non-fiction in order to get at a larger truth. We'll talk about the ways by which you can incorporate fiction into your own work and even use fiction as a jumping off point for your next project. You can workshop your own ideas while being inspired at the same time.

WHEN: December 11th, 2020 @ 6.00pm (CET)

FOR HOW LONG: 2 hours

WHERE: online

N° PARTICIPANTS: 20 people max

Ann Heppermann is the founder of The Sarah Awards which celebrates and rewards radio drama for the 21st century. Likened to the Oscars by The New York Times, the Sarah Awards encourages producers to push the boundaries of audio fiction.

Ann is a Peabody award-winning audio journalist, editor, educator and media artist, she has been teaching audio fiction at Sarah Lawrence College in its writing program since 2011.

She’s also hosted the fiction podcast Serendipity.

She has reported, produced and edited for numerous audio shows, including: This American Life, Radiolab, 99% Invisible and many others.She is currently an executive producer with Audible.

Bitch Magazine called her a “sort of Goddess of podcasting,” which pleases her very much.

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