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Documentary Trolls Meeting

Radio board

Real talk though: do this. It’s going to be awesome, and Becca Seidel ’15 knows what’s up:

If you love This American Life, Radiolab, or any other programs that tell incredible stories through sound, then listen up: the trolls are emerging once again. And by that, I’m not referring to the mythological cave-dwellers, those creepy dolls with the fuzzy hair, or the ACB.

Tomorrow (Friday) at 5PM will be this year’s first meeting of the Documentary Trolls, a radio storytelling collective that began taking shape at Wesleyan last year. The purpose of the group will be to provide a collaborative space in which to create and share audio stories. We will be listening to excerpts from memorable/weird/generally cool radio stories and podcast episodes that have come out in the past few years, and we’ll use those as a starting point to discuss techniques for interviews, narration, sound design, and the use of music in radio storytelling.

Last year, the Trolls came out with a pretty sweet final product: a set of stories that aired on WESU towards the beginning of the summer. We might try to do that again, but we also might just listen to a lot of great radio stories and talk about them. Either way, it’s gonna be super low-key. No experience necessary!

Date: Friday, November 15th, 2013
Time: 5 PM
Place: WESU (above Broad Street Books – contact Becca if you’re not a WESU staff member so she can let you in.)
Contact: rseidel(at)wesleyan(dot)edu

Meeting of the Radio Documentary Trolls

You can catch him at sound check. You can catch him on the radio every Friday. You can catch him in his Outside Lands hoodie. You cannot catch him shaving his beard. He is the omnipresent yet untraceable Mickey Capper ’13, and he has materialized long enough for me to record an important message that he brings to Wesleyan and the Middletown community:

We’re holding the first meeting of the radio storytelling group tomorrow (2/16) at 3pm in Studio B at WESU (above Red & Black). If you’re interested and can or can’t make it, send me an email at mcapper[at]wesleyan[dot]edu with a subject line that includes the word “troll.”

GOOD-LUCK-LUCKY-TROLL-DOLL2

The intention of the group is to support each other in creating audio stories, providing constructive criticism to each other, producing a quality “audio publication” at the end of the semester (on par with This American Life, Radiolab, or at least better than whatever other college kids are doing), and reclaiming the term “troll” from the evils of the Internet on behalf of the dope creatures that live under bridges.
Tomorrow we’ll be:
  • Listening to some short radio docs and discussing different techniques for interviews, narration, music, and sound design;
  • Discussing the materials available to record and edit stories, as well as sources for advice and information on what makes a good story.
What: Radio Documentary Explorers aka Doc Ex aka .docx
Where: WESU, 45 Broad Street (above Red & Black)
When: Saturday, February 16
Time: 3 – 4pm
Contact: mcapper[at]wesleyan[dot]edu with subject line “Troll”