42 Million Moments
42 Million Moments is audio collage depicting a life journey. Nearly 80 years of life- 42 million moments- condensed into 187 seconds. The piece includes a sample from The Books titled IDKT. It was commissioned as part of Bricolage’s immersive theater piece STRATA, which was featured on the July 2013 cover of American Theatre Magazine. Throughout the STRATA experience, participants were led individually to a series of vastly different rooms - a doctor’s office, a monk’s room, a poker room, a backyard with a swing, etc. - where they interacted with actors.
Though I gathered sounds for many of these locations, my main contribution to this adventure was the Life Room, a whitewashed nook containing only a chair and a speaker. My job was to fill it with life. Specifically, I was asked to spend one week creating a three-minute soundscape representing a complete birth-to-death journey.
In Time Trouble by Adam Arena & Maddox O’Neill, two middle schoolers travel back in time to interview Olympic medalist Jesse Owens, but when their time machine goes awry, they find themselves surrounded by dinosaurs and cavemen. This sound design includes a quick trip through music history and a lot of electromagnetic sounds.
Over the Falls
Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty duel at Reichenbach Falls. Holmes and Watson is a play that presents a particular challenge for a sound designer: create the ambience of a high stakes confrontation above a giant waterfall, without masking the unamplified voices of the actors.
Wind Talking to the Trees
Inspired by the novel A Wrinkle in Time, where Charles Wallace explains, “Sometimes, when I listen closely, I can hear the wind talking with the trees.” It includes original recordings of acoustic instruments being played in unconventional ways- scratchy cello strings, overblown flute, and others- as well as synth instruments and sound effect samples.
My antagonist stage debut!
In Connor McPhearson's stage adaptation of The Birds (yes, THAT Birds - the Daphne du Maurier's short story turned Hitchcock classic), three strangers huddle in a New England cottage and pray that the attacking birds can't peck their way through the boarded up windows. Throughout the show, the subtle sound of birds impatiently waiting just outside the door kept the characters - and audience - on edge.