Our inaugural conference was held on March 5, 2016 at the wonderful 107 Projects in Redfern,
Speakers at the conference included Sherre De Lys, Jaye Kranz, Jon Tjhia, Bec Fary, and Joel Werner. There was an amazing sound design masterclass from Miyuki Jokiranta and Timothy Nicastri, and a stellar panel on collaborative storytelling from the likes of Giordana Caputo, Maddy Macfarlane, Gavin Ivey and Kween G.
Sherre Delys’ radio art and documentaries have been made and played in USA, UK, Europe and Australia for two decades, earning some of radio’s top storytelling and audio-art awards. Her composed radio-works have spring-boarded pieces for dance and chamber orchestra, become perennials at festivals and master-classes, and performed at cultural centres including Pompidou, Southbank and Sydney Opera House. She’s worked at RN and WNYC, sound designed for Sydney Theatre Company, and her sound sculpture commissions include Biennale of Sydney, Sydney Olympics, Sydney MCA and Centre for Visual Art Cardiff. An improvising vocalist in the 80’s, she co-founded the band Mind/Body/Split.
Joel Werner is a journalist and a radio producer who cut his teeth at the ABC before moving to Brooklyn, New York for a few years. In the U.S. he produced radio for the likes of Radiolab, On The Media, Freakonomics, Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight, and 99% Invisible - with whom he won a Third Coast International Audio Festival award. Joel loves reverb, delay, his wife and his dog. In no particular order.
Jaye Kranz is a writer, musician and independent radio producer based in Melbourne. Her documentary radio features have appeared on the BBC, ABC's RN, In The Dark, WBEZ Chicago and the Third Coast Audio Festival podcast, and she is the host and creative director of The Radio Hour. Jaye has also taught and mentored in radio storytelling, is a published author of non-fiction, short stories and a novella, works on feature films, and releases music under the moniker Brighter Later.
Kween G (Kibone) is a radio producer, hip hop artist, MC and sound mixer. Since age 16 she has worked for Radio Skid Row, recently producing the documentary series There Goes The Neighbourhood - a finalist in the 2015 CBAA Awards. Kween G has worked for SBS Radio and in 2008 her feature for Alchemy’s ‘Stolen Generation’ was awarded at the New York Festival awards. She’s worked with Indigenous communities in the NT and NSW, on regional arts’ project Lady Beats, and more recently on a podcast with homeless people at Matthew Talbot Hostel.
Giordana Caputo is a producer, journalist and the National Training Manager of the Community Media Training Organisation. She is the former Executive Producer of All the Best, and is the current Executive Producer of the National Features and Documentary Series. As a manager at Brisbane’s 4ZZZ she created community training projects aimed at empowering and engaging marginalised groups through the media. She has produced content for FBi, 4ZZZ, SBS Radio, Rave Magazine, The Australian Ballet and Media Monitors Australia.
Bec Fary is an independent radio producer from regional Victoria. She makes radio in her sleep. Well, she talks about sleep on the radio and in her podcast SleepTalker. When she’s awake, Bec is a freelance journalist, producer and editor. She was the Editor of Margaret Gee's Australian Media Guide at AAP and has volunteered in community radio. She is a regular contributor to SYN Media and All the Best, where she is a Supervising Producer and Production Manager.
Jon Tjhia is a radio and multimedia producer, writer and editor. He co-produces the podcast Paper Radio, waters the digital clique at Melbourne's Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas, and plays in a house/techno thing called Speed Painters. Jon has performed his radio pieces live for Melbourne Writers Festival and Radio With Pictures. He is definitely best left in the studio
Miyuki Jokiranta produces and presents Soundproof, RN’s playground for the sonically curious and, within her own radio arts practice, she crafts a space between music and words. Before falling down the radio art rabbit hole, she produced for RN’s Books and Arts, Poetica and Off Track, and while living and studying in the US for a range of National Public Radio programs, including Radiolab, Radio Rookies and Radio Diaries.
Timothy Nicastri is a radio-maker and sound engineer, working across various ABC RN programs. His collaborative work has been recognised at the Third Coast International Audio Festival, New York Festivals, KCRW's 24hr Radio Race, The UN Media Peace Prize, NSW Premier's History Award, and the Prix Italia. He has co-presented a live radio feature for In The Dark, and in 2014 was awarded the ABC's Tony Barrell fellowship, producing Volume without Sparks.
Maddy Macfarlane is an audio creative, community radio broadcaster and a PhD student from the Faculty of Music at the University of Melbourne. Her research integrates her radio practice with the collaborative creation of radio pieces with local music communities, including musicians from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. She has also created a radio story-making training course for asylum seeker and new community musicians who want to self-represent through community radio.
Gavin Ivey is the Program Manager of the Gadigal Information Services Aboriginal Corporation — Koori Radio 93.7FM. He has worked in radio for around 24 years as a producer, presenter and sound engineer. Gavin presents The Drift Zone on Koori Radio from 8-10pm each Saturday and has worked on storytelling projects in partnership with many community organisations. He is passionate about sustainable, ethical and culturally diverse Australian media. He also has a secret passion for bush regeneration and yoga.
Sophie Townsend works for ABC Radio's Content Strategy department, developing new ideas, series and podcast ideas, from both within ABC Radio and the independent sector. She's a radio features maker and writer, and recently won the HearSay International Audio competition with her piece Mr Fix-it. Her works, Stories and Driving and The Updates were featured at Third Coast in 2015, and she was a Walkley Award nominee for her documentary Cancer as a Battleground.