When I don’t have my Media Talent Bank hat on (or Animation Forum West Midlands or Inspiration Bank hat on for that matter, for my hat-stand is extensive), I coordinate the iTunes U project for Birmingham City University, which launched last month.
So, now all the initial fireworks have petered out and the party hats now hang limp, I thought it might be apt to pick out a few series' of podcasts from the iTunes U site, which might be of interest to you media/creative/artsy types who browse this blog. So until I get tired of copying and pasting, here are some ever so useful links for your downloading pleasure (links will open up iTunes by the way):
- Eastside Projects - Series of podcasts looking at the work being done by and within Eastside Projects, an artist-run gallery based in Digbeth, Birmingham. Podcasts include and Introduction by curator Gavin Wade, and a presentation and interview with internationally-renowned artists Simon and Tom Bloor, who provide context to their new exhibition As Long As It Lasts.
- Tales of Creativity – Video podcasts featuring profiles of creative entrepreneurs who’ve attended Screen Media Lab’s Insight Out courses. More can be found on this site www.talesofcreativity.co.uk.
- LUCID – or the Location, User and Context-Aware Information Delivery project to close acquaintances, features of wealth of podcasts exploring all sorts of cool stuff to do with mobile technology. Essential downloads for those into their programming or ‘digital’ things.
- The 20 Things You Must Know About Music Online – is a fairly self-explanatory set of snappy podcasts featuring academic and blogger Andrew Dubber, available in mp3, iPod video, or large video formats.
- Learn to Edit Using Final Cut Pro – Excellent how to’s for would-be video editors.
- Panel Discussion from JEECamp – What’s the future for journalism? Or more accurately, is there one? Audio podcasts from the Journlaims Enterprise and Entrepreneurship conference reside here. Many thanks to Laura Oliver from the ever-useful journalism.co.uk for producing this set.
- Creative Networks – Likely to be added to over time with the video archive of Creative Networks talks, the series currently features a talk by TV theme-tune composer David Lowe and a speech by film producer of Midnight Express, Chariots of Fire and The Killing Fields, Lord Putnam.
- Positive Placements – Find out how to get a foot in the giant door called The Media, in these enlightening podcasts produced by two media students. The podcasts features interviews with media luminaries such as Midlands Today presenter and Luton FC chairman Nick Owen.
- The Round Table Sessions: School of Visual Communications – Recommended and not just because the back on my head features prominently; fascinating discussion between art-school academics which really gets lively from part 2 onwards.
- Various guides to Dreamweaver, InDesign and Web Design – These are proving to be massively popular, so here’s a link to their parent category.
As you’ll see there’s plenty more material on the site, so don’t forget to bookmark itunes.bcu.ac.uk for an easy link to the main University page. If for whatever reason you prefer not to use Apple software or just iTunes, you’ll be pleased to know that all the content also features on www.bcu.ac.uk/podcasts.