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.
Photo credit: Praise Waters
A film by Alex Knell. Music by Angela Baughman with performances by James Rushin & Ryan Kantner.
FORTY TWO MILLION MOMENTS
42 Million Moments is audio collage depicting a life journey. Nearly 80 years of life - 42 million moments - condensed into 187 seconds. It 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.
One of the last stops on the audience journey 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 life-to-death journey.
WIND TALKING TO THE TREES
Wind Talking to the Trees was inspired by the novel A Wrinkle in Time. Character Charles Wallace explains, “Sometimes, when I listen closely, I can hear the wind talking with the trees.” This track includes acoustic instruments being played in unconventional ways - scratchy cello strings, overblown flute, and others- as well as synth instruments and sound effects samples.