About

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Hello and welcome to my site. I spend a lot of my time chopping up bits of audio.  Mainly for the BBC but also for other organisations such as The Economist.

I particularly like making documentaries.  Recently I’ve been helping tell the story of music and technology – with Nick Mason from Pink Floyd, no less.  Love the electric guitar? Fascinated by the Hammond Organ?  If so click on the links to hear examples of my work. 

I’m often sent on assignments to meet such fascinating figures as Jagari Chanda, Zambia’s first ever rock star and leading light of Zamrock! And incredible people such as these Syrians, or this courageous Irish woman.

I like making programmes and podcasts about ideas such as this one on creativity for The Economist, or this one on the Intellectual Dark Web

Film is a passion and I’ve made documentaries on everything from the cinema of 1971 to The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp. I once spent an afternoon in Woody Allen’s private screening room. He seemed very tired.

Perhaps my favourite encounter was with Lars von Trier on a visit to his lair at Zentropa studios just outside Copenhagen.  It was to be his final interview for many years after his controversial remarks at that year’s Cannes film festival.  He was on fine form but most memorable when we turned the tape off (so often the case) and revealed his extensive collection of ‘highly collectible’ 19th century pornographic figurines.

For many years audio producers were a rare breed but thanks to the rapid evolution of the podcasting industry (especially in the US), it’s a more interesting time than ever to be in the business of pricking up ears.

Thanks for taking the time to read about my work. I am also a trainer. Want to learn more about podcasting? Come along to my next Guardian Masterclass. Just click here!

Or if you are thinking about starting a podcast, want to find out more about radio journalism, or keen to understand the nuts and bolts of audio production then head over to the contact page and drop me a line.

Thanks!

Craig Templeton Smith