Audio Production or How to See With Your Ears

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Audio Production or How to See With Your Ears

Guest Instructor : Danièle Panneton

Pedagogical Assistant : Stéphane Claude

January 30-31, February 6-7 and 13-14, 2010 from 10 am to 5 pm

This workshop will present all the steps involved in audio pre-production, production and post-production. Participants will discover the essential role of an audio director: organization, creative contribution, as well as that magic touch that colours a sound with the uniqueness of its orchestra conductor.


  • Planning a production schedule, directing styles and script development (placement of audio-images, effects and music);
  • Directing writers, analyzing a text and identifying its positive and negative aspects;
  • Choosing voices according to their color and other identified qualities;
  • Directing actors, the communication of information and emotion, voice projection, body movements, and breathing;
  • Technical concerns and teamwork, placing voices within a sound-scape, and note-taking during recording.
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Line Meloche

Line Meloche has worked in the field of communications for thirty years, about twenty of which as a director/coordinator of radio for Radio-Canada. Specializing in radio-fiction, she has been credited in over a hundred radio productions, a number of which have received national and international prizes. Her reputation has traveled across both European and African borders. Today she is involved primarily in the production of audio books for children sold in Quebec, France and Belgium. She masters all aspects of audio production and has been teaching directing, the principles of narration with a microphone, as well as writing for audio, for over fifteen years. This workshop is for those, professional and amateur, who wish to discover a sound’s the ability to create images, and capture the imagination.

Danièle Panneton

Danièle Panneton is an actor who graduated from the National Theatre School in 1975. Her talent has since led her to engage in different creative spheres: theatre, film, television and radio. She has written many plays and has produced a dozen shows on stages both inside and outside Quebec. A multitalented artist, Ms. Panneton has also worked with the Ligue Nationale d’Improvisation and the Théâtre UBU. For more than 25 years, she has taught stage and radio acting in various specialized schools. Given that one component of the audio production workshop will feature the directing of actors, Ms. Panneton has generously offered her expertise to allow participants to explore different directing techniques.

Stéphane Claude

Stéphane Claude is an electronic_acoustic composer and sound engineer. His research is based on integrating a conceptual and physiological framework of audio recording and sound installation for different diffusion contexts in the electronic arts. His interests gravitate around the communication of a formal aesthetics, as transductive experiences of the electronic medium, the exploration of digital signal processing, the parameters of acoustics and sound in spaces. His work has been published by ATAK(JP), LINE, DRAGON’S EYE RECORDINGS (US), ORAL (CA), among others. He is the co-founder of the art research unit Ælab with artist and professor Gisèle Trudel. The work of Ælab has been shown internationally.  As an audio consultant, he participates in the conception, production and integration of presentation spaces, of specialized analog and digital creation and production studios for artist run centers, institutions and independant sites.