Get it in your diaries: our 2017 conference is happening on Saturday June 10 at Aerial UTS Function Centre.
We're bringing together the best audio brains to share their hot tips and trade secrets — and you're invited to join the conversation. Keep scrolling to find out more about our lineup of speakers.
The Audiocraft Conference is a day for getting together, asking questions and celebrating great original audio content. It’s a chance to meet your radio heroes and connect with potential collaborators — all in the one place. Audiocraft 2017 is presented in partnership with our lead partner Audible.
Tickets are on sale now and they’ll be gone in a flash, we tell you! The ticket price includes full catering for the day and networking drinks after the conference. This year we sold out of early birds within 24 hours, and last year we sold out two months in advance. So don't miss out — grab your tix now!
Eurydice Aroney is a senior lecturer in journalism at the University of Technology Sydney and an award winning audio producer. Since the 1990’s Eurydice has been recording people, places and events from Sydney’s sex work scene and in 2015 she produced a one hour long documentary about the 1975 French sex workers strike. She wishes that there were more funny people making audio and thinks “storytelling” is overrated.
Daniel Browning is an Aboriginal journalist and radio broadcaster. A descendant of the Bundjalung and Kullilli peoples of far northern New South Wales and south-western Queensland, Daniel presents and produces Awaye!, the Indigenous art and culture program on ABC RN which surveys contemporary cultural practice across the arts spectrum. His long career has included stints as the news director of Triple J and arts reporter for ABC Radio News. A visual arts graduate, Daniel is also a widely-published freelance arts writer and guest editor of Artlink Indigenous, an occasional series of the quarterly Australian contemporary arts journal.
Jesse Cox currently produces This is About for ABC RN and runs RN’s fiction development via the Ian Reed Foundation. Before that, he hosted and produced Radiotonic and Long Story Short for RN, co-founded All the Best, and made the Third Coast Award winning stories The Real Tom Banks and Keep Them Guessing. His audio work has been performed or exhibited publicly at arts festivals, installations and live on stage, including the geo-locative audio drama for smartphones, Ghosts of Biloela and multimedia theatre work Wael Zuaiter Unknown.
Jessica Cox is a proud Wiradjuri woman and is Social Media Coordinator at 2SER FM 107.3. She has worked at 2SER since 2015; during that time she has worked to increase 2SER’s social media engagement and audience. Jessica is also currently completing her Bachelors in Communications (Digital and Social Media) and hopes when she finishes her degree she can find work at one of the big social media companies. She is currently managing the Hearken project at 2SER with UTS. She is also a qualified pastry chef.
Honor Eastly is an artist, podcaster and professional feeler of feelings. At her core she is interested in how we can have more honest conversations, and does so through Being Honest With My Ex, her podcast with her ex-fiancé, and Starving Artist, her interview podcast about art, money and how creatives make it work. Her biggest claim to fame is that one time Ruby Rose (Orange Is The New Black) told her "Thank you. For existing." after reading an article about her on i-D.
Michael Green is a producer of The Messenger — a podcast about Abdul Aziz Muhamat and his life inside the Australian-run immigration detention centre on Manus Island. As a print journalist, Michael has written about environmental and social issues for The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Nature and Nautilus, among others. As coordinator of Behind the Wire he has produced a book and museum exhibition of people’s stories from detention, called They Cannot Take the Sky, both launched in March 2017.
Camilla Hannan is an Australian audio producer, sound artist, and field recordist. Her art and radio works have been exhibited, performed, installed and broadcast in Australia and internationally. Her radio work includes subjects such as women composers, city soundscapes and stargazing. Her sound art relies on a belief in abstraction and hyperreality. Underlying all her work is a deep fascination with the way we listen and how this listening impacts upon our micro and macro worlds.
Sophie Harper is the creator and producer of the podcast Not By Accident, a documentary series about choosing to become a single mother and coping with being one. It’s been featured in New Statesman’s 10 best podcasts of 2016 and listed as one of Australia’s best podcasts in the Guardian. Before getting into audio, Sophie was the Vice Principal and Documentary Teacher at the European Film College (Denmark), and before that she worked at Screen Australia and the Australian Film Commission. She lives in Canberra with her daughter Astrid.
Charmaine Ingram is the ABC Open Producer in Central Australia. She collaborates and mentors community members with an interest in media and helps produce video, radio and online content for the ABC. She's travelled through Normanton, The Kimberley's, East Arnhem Land, Cape York and throughout Central Australia. Charmaine is a Yidinji woman and her family come from the Cairns region in North Queensland. She has a deep passion for Indigenous issues and to also encourage other young Aboriginal people to work in media.
Lee Tran Lam runs The Unbearable Lightness of Being Hungry blog and podcast. She’s interviewed internationally renowned chefs (Massimo Bottura, Christina Tosi) and lesser-known-but-just-as-interesting locals for the podcast — which Time Out Sydney and SBS both called a “podcast we love”. She presents Local Fidelity on FBi radio and has written for The Sydney Morning Herald, Rolling Stone, The Big Issue and various publications. Her work has even appeared in Turkish Vogue, which is pretty funny if you’ve seen the state of her closet.
Andrew Levins (known to all as Levins) is a DJ, chef, writer and Dad. He presents and produces a couple of comedy and culture podcasts including Hey Fam, Serious Issues and The Mitchen. In 2007 he co-founded Heaps Decent, an Australian-based dynamic arts organisation working with young people and emerging artists from marginalised and disadvantaged communities. He’s also behind the monthly 90s party The Rhythm of the Night, and is one of the DJs behind Sydney's long running rap party Halfway Crooks.
Belinda Lopez is a producer for ABC RN’s This is About podcast. Her audio pieces have been awarded prizes by the New York Festivals and the UN. She also helped make the Radio Netherlands Worldwide show The State We’re In, which had a focus on personal narratives and human rights. After many years back and forth overseas, she was delighted to work again in her local community of Sydney, as an EP for All the Best, and as an educator. She likes heaps of stuff apart from radio and some of those things are on her website.
Miles Martignoni works at the Guardian Australia as their podcast producer and teaches their Podcasting Masterclasses. He has worked at 2SER 107.3 for the past four years, creating training programs and directing digital content development. Miles has also taught audio production and journalism at Macquarie, Sydney and Wollongong Universities. He freelances regularly and past clients include Radio National, the WWF, Fairfax, Whooshkaa, the NRL, The Cancer Council and Sydney Festival. He recently started a production company to expand his freelance activities.
Gina McKeon is a multiple Walkley Award-winning journalist and producer. Gina has worked across radio, TV and online at FBi, ABC and SBS. She co-produced the SBS True Stories Season 3 podcast which was no. 1 on iTunes in 2016, and the online documentary 'My Grandmother's Lingo', which won a 2017 SXSW Interactive Innovation Award and 2016 Walkley Award for Multimedia Storytelling.
Kirsti Melville is an award-winning radio documentary producer and the presenter of Earshot on ABC RN. Her work has been recognised by the New York Festivals, the UN Media Peace Awards, the Amnesty International Awards, and the Human Rights Awards. When she’s not busy telling other people’s stories, you’ll find her curled up reading them. Or with headphones on listening to them. She’s addicted to understanding the complexities of human relationships, finding the best way of sharing those stories, and adding to the ever-growing pile of books beside her bed.
Kamna Muddagouni is a lawyer, writer, communications adviser and podcaster. Her writing explores pop culture, diaspora living, feminism and her experiences as a woman of colour. Kamna previously managed communications for Road to Refuge, a youth driven not-for-profit organisation working towards an inclusive discourse on people seeking asylum in Australia. In 2016 Kamna launched the podcast Can U Not? with gal pal Brodie Lancaster, which examines how her love for all things pop culture sits very comfortably within intersectional feminism.
Eric Nuzum (USA) loves hearing stories and telling stories. He is the Senior Vice President of Original Content Development at Audible, where he is building the next generation of premium spoken word listening. Before coming to Audible, Eric was the Vice President for Programming at NPR. While there, he created a number of well-known shows, like Invisibilia, TED Radio Hour, and Ask Me Another. Eric also managed NPR’s relationships with a lot of beloved public radio programs, like Car Talk, Fresh Air and Radiolab.
Jess O’Callaghan produces The Party Room with Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas — RN’s weekly podcast discussing the winners, losers, voter issues, and gossip from the corridors of Parliament House. She also produces radio and social media for RN Drive. Jess was previously the co-Executive Producer of All The Best, and a producer for the Rereaders podcast. Her writing and radio has appeared on the Meanjin podcast, Right Now, Something You Said, AWOL and Junkee.
Jess Ong is the Creative Producer of SPUN, a local storytelling night in Darwin and the host of SPUN's soon-to-be launched podcast. Having left her hometown of Darwin as soon as she finished high school, Jess studied and worked in Brisbane before moving to Mongolia. She begrudgingly returned to Darwin four years ago but now relishes it. Jess also works as a Communications Manager in both the arts and the private sector and moonlights in the world of freelance.
Megan Tan (USA) is a radio journalist and the host of Millennial — a Radiotopia podcast she produces out of her closet in Portland, Maine. She’s also worked alongside WNYC’s Radiolab, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, Timber & Frame Media, and The Chautauquan Daily. As a radio host and producer she has been named a "29 Under-30 Powerhouses Poised To Change The World" by Refinery29 and has been recognised by The Atlantic, BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, The AV Club, Medium, and The Guardian.
Steven Tilley was christened in a church that had previously been a high-powered radio transmitter site. Since that fateful irradiation he’s become a sound engineer, sound designer and radio producer for the ABC. He’s made radio features, drama, sound art and documentary programs, as well as recording music and more than his fair share of strange sounds. He’s interested in using technology to solve problems in the radio production process and training program makers to how to get better results with their equipment.
Tom Wright has made audio in various forms since 2003 for the ABC, BBC and The Times of London. He is best known for producing The Bugle comedy podcast with John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman. He’s currently part of ABC Radio Comedy, developing new podcast ideas with Australia’s best up and coming comedians like Burn Your Passport and The Tokyo Hotel. In addition to comedy, he’s made arts, news, business and sports podcasts and the odd radio documentary.