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By Nastaran Arianpoo They said home is not a place. It is a feeling. But sometimes a place gives your heart, memories, dreams, and ambitions a reason to reside, to belong. This audio postcard is a quick glance into one of such places through the eyes of Bruce Ellingson, a long-time resident of Cortes Island.  Home by Nastaran Arianpoo The piece is the outcome of “the Story from Hear” podcasting workshop at Hollyhock Leadership Centre, during the summer of 2018. BIOGRAPHY Nastaran Arianpoo is a scientist passionate about how new media platform like podcasts can be used to spread science. Nastaran is currently a research associate in the Faculty of Environment at Simon Fraser University. She is working on the impact of energy policies on food, water, and climate change. Top photo credit: Mansons Landing - by Hans Peter Meyer via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0...
Audio Postcard From Hollyhock

Audio Postcard From Hollyhock

Story From Hear is broadcast over Cortes Radio, Thursdays at 9:30 AM; repeating Saturdays at 2 PM. This audio postcard from Hollyhock that was created during The Story From Hear podcasting workshop. Audio producer Teri Snelgrove and fellow workshop cohort member Nastaran Arianpoo spend a delightful afternoon with local resident Bruce Ellingson on the deck of the lodge, where they are regaled with stories about life on Cortes. Audio Posy Card From Hollyhock (Bruce Ellingsen interview) - Story From Hear Teri Snelgrove hails from Newfoundland, where she began working in the arts at an early age. Her roots are in the world of interdisciplinary theatre in the dark days before digital technology and the internet.  After graduating from film school at Emily Carr University in 1999, she freelanced as a voice director, a theatre director, and a producer/production manager in film before landing at the National Film Board of Canada, where she now hangs her hat full time as an Associate Producer. Over the years, she’s had the privilege of working on many documentaries, animations and interactive projects such as the acclaimed The Road Forward (Marie Clements), Debris (John Bolton), Beauty (Christina Willings), and Bread (Mariette Sluyter). She is proud to have worked on two soon-to-be-released NFB films, Highway to Heaven (Sandra Ignagni), and Because We Are Girls (Baljit Sangra). Teri has also worked on a number of animated projects, including The Mountain of SGaana (Christopher Auchter), Shop Class (Hart Snider) and The Zoo (Julia Kwan). She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree through the GLS program at SFU, where she has fallen head over heels in love with documentary audio...
The Story from Hear

The Story from Hear

Soundscapes surround us, complementing the visual landscapes we inhabit, and providing rich sources of material for research, storytelling, and artistic practice. The soundmarks of a place, after all, can be as specific as any landmark. We are immersed in sound all the time, and yet in media, social sciences, arts, and communications, sound has been a relatively under-explored component. However, with the rise of podcasting and the rebirth of radio in recent years, the sound arts are once again gaining currency. Podcasting, due to the intimate nature of the medium and its accessibility, is a powerful agent of social change.  It functions as an applied exercise in communicating and listening, both vitally important skills in an era when our social discourse has devolved into a spasmodic binary argument between “us and them.”  So whether your focus is on scientific, artistic, community, or organizational communication, place-based audio recording and storytelling is an enriching practice that can connect you with an audience, while deepening your understanding of the world and your place in it. With this in mind, The Story from Hear Audio Collective held a 5-day production-oriented workshop on Cortes Island last summer, focusing on the power of sound, listening, and place-based audio storytelling. The Workshop The workshop was geared for media-makers, sound artists, community storytellers, scientists, activists, and other message-oriented individuals wanting to deepen their listening and audio storytelling skills in a supportive group environment.  Participants from Klahoose and other First Nations, the Cortes community-at-large, Powell River, the Lower Mainland, and as far away as St.Louis, spent time together in nature, listening, recording, and creating audio stories based on...
Youth Voices Radio Workshop

Youth Voices Radio Workshop

Enthusiasm.  Exuberance.  Imagination.  Authenticity.  Honesty.  Contemplation.  Vulnerability.  Depth.  All of these words describe the youth of today.  Indeed, these qualities can be found inside each one of us if they are given the space to grow and be revealed. “Our Youth Voices! Radio Workshop program set out to help youth tap in to the well of knowledge, creativity and experience they possess and share it with the world.  We gave them hands on, practical instruction in the use of hand held “Zoom” recorders and a basic grounding in the realm of audio production, with a free program called Audacity.  They were given a list of questions and topics to choose from for a starting point, and also encouraged to go whichever direction they might imagine. These Youth Voices! Radio Workshop podcasts are a beautiful reflection of the interests, opinions, and diversity of our youth. Youth Voices! Radio Workshop Youth Voices Radio Workshop - by Sofia, Angus, Nathaniel, Mira, Zella, Ezra, Naio, Tristen, James | Facilitators: Dan Peters, Sara Gifford, Morgan Tams We gave them hands on, practical instruction in the use of hand held “Zoom” recorders and a basic grounding in the realm of audio production, with a free program called Audacity.  They were given a list of questions and topics to choose from for a starting point, and also encouraged to go whichever direction they might imagine.  These podcasts are a beautiful reflection of the interests, opinions, and diversity of our youth. The lens of youth is both unique and invaluable to the matrix of healthy community.  To support youth in exploring their experiences and then sharing them with the...