Hearing is Believing I: An Audio Documentary Institute is an annual weeklong immersion in making audio documentaries offered by the CDS Continuing Education program. Students learn hands-on skills in recording and digital audio mixing, discuss issues like the ethics of documentary work, hear accomplished producers talk about their work, and create a short piece. The 2012 institute was led by CDS audio program director John Biewen along with other CDS staff members. This year’s visiting artist was public radio legend Alex Chadwick.
Listen to the student audio docs from “Hearing is Believing I: An Audio Documentary Institute” below:
The Brass Band
By Lee Bloxom & Grace West
This repairman is instrumental.
The Beat Goes On
By Valerie Hamilton & Amelia Post
A drummer’s journey from pots and pans to jazz clubs.
Rodney Wynkoop and the Value of Music
By Adrianne Appel & Maggie Bissler
The reflections of a choral director who wants to change lives, and does.
Back in the Day
By Molly Pearlstein & Mary Samouelian
A hip-hop artist reflects on his beginnings… not so long ago.
Piano on Wheels
By Jennifer Dionisio & Heather Settle
Taking music to the roofless concert hall – with a trailer.
Making the Old New Again
By Rachel Hazlett
A Chapel Hill record label that gives voice to music gone silent.
Backstory: The Unsung Hero
By Jim Adams & John Harris
The creator of Herald MF Jones, African American Superhero, on his work and his life.
By Lopa Shah & Heather Talley
The founder of the Monti on the complicated power of the story.
By Wendy Hendrickson & Martha Hankin LeFebvre
A Durham playwright loves her hair – and her city.