I am a sound artist and audio producer for radio, documentaries, podcasts, film, and space. I use sound as a medium to explore uncertainty, whimsy, and intimacy between strangers.
Recording sound, from oral history to acoustic ecology, is one of my obsessions. Or perhaps it is the other way around, my obsessions compel me to record sound.
With sound, I seek to address alterity. I want make you feel curious, beautiful, and closer... like this.
You can check out my work here: PORTFOLIO
A bit more about me:
I am currently exploring the sound of erasure by recording the voices of people who have been forcibly displaced from their homes and who are consequently living in accidental and institutionalized communities. This has led me to record the physics and perception of sound, memory, and belonging within jails and prisons throughout the United States. I do this to examine the relationship between place, ‘destiny’, and desire - for just like cities, prisons are enormous bodies of people’s desires - and to challenge the notion that we can ever disappear people. In prison, your mind must become a labyrinth; to escape you have to create a world you can get lost in. But, there is truth in imagination.
I am producing this work in collaboration with two men who were sentenced to life without parole as youth, Adolfo Davis and Efrén Paredes Jr. I have been recording their lives on a daily to weekly basis since 2015. On the phone, we talk about everything: from what music they are listening to that day, to the view outside of their window, to navigating identity. Instead of focusing on the details of the crimes that they are accused of, I document their inner worlds and their struggle to maintain friendships and relationships on the outside and to contribute as citizens despite being locked up. It's also about love - the act of loving and seeing ourselves despite the politics of recognition.
The purpose of this project is to create an audio documentary and series of soundscapes that challenge perceptions about solitary confinement, juvenile life without parole, and mass incarceration. The hope is that by doing so, we can cultivate compassion across disparate communities and landscapes.