I hardly do any work for the stage these days, but this was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. Charles Cambpell and I have been something of a mutual appreciation society for the past few years, and it’s been a lot of fun to finally get the chance to work with his company Skewed Visions to create this performance piece. It’s very difficult to describe, and we’re still not sure exactly what we will have put together by the time it opens this coming Thursday, but suffice to say it’s unlike anything I’ve ever worked on before, and I’m grateful for the chance to explore such a wild and weird soundscape on the way there.
It gives me great pleasure to announce a new Patreon to support the Museum of Portable Sound, an institution of which I’m a proud board member and featured artist. Please consider subscribing!
The Museum of Portable Sound (est. November 2015) is a portable collection dedicated to portable audio, based in London, UK. The Museum’s galleries currently consist of curated digital files located on the Museum Director‘s mobile phone. Displays of the permanent collection are augmented with an ongoing series of temporary exhibits in its Exposition Space. The Museum also holds a small Physical Object Collection related to portable sound.
The Museum is curated by John Kannenberg, a London-based sound artist and one of the field’s most rigorous practitioners and commentators. You know that project where somebody stretched out Carl Sagan saying the word “billion” for one hour? That was him. Etc.
With this new opportunity for Patreon support, MOPS stands poised to become a self-sufficient entity. Please consider supporting the Museum as it builds a new foundation and strives toward future endeavors.
I wanted to take a moment to honor the passing of Earl Cassorla, co-proprietor (with his brother Steven) of Battle Mountain, NV’s Roller Coaster Fireworks and subject of the short documentary “Boomtown”, which I had the pleasure of working on a while back.
I got to meet Earl when the film screened at the Minneapolis-St Paul International Film Festival in 2017. It’s always great to meet people in person after staring at them on my computer screen during weeks of postproduction work— especially documentary subjects— and Earl turned out to be the same softspoken, endearing presence I’d expected.
I’m happy that the film is here to commemorate Earl and Steven’s obsession and dedication. Below I’m posting the completed short, for which I provided sound edit, mix, and a couple of original musical compositions. Rest in peace, Earl.