I focus on detailed soundscapes, original music, and effects. Samples below are categorized by ambience, effects, music, or field recording.
EFFECTS: "Lightning blasts and the faraway cottage darkens, lost to the howl of a dragon’s roar." For Michael Elyanow's play, The Children, produced by Pillsbury House Theatre in 2016, I mixed together the sounds of an alligator breathing, a pig scream, a human, and a leather jacket for the dragon wings.
MUSIC: Original music created for Gremlin Theatre's 2019 production of The Father written by Florian Zeller, and translated by Christopher Hampton.
MUSIC: Original music for William Shakespeare's Richard III, , produced at Great River Shakespeare Company, Winona, MN, summer 2017.
EFFECTS: **This track is best listened to with a good pair of headphones or speakers** The Trials of Gertrude Moody, by Kimberly Burke, had its world premiere at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre in May 2014. The story behind this condensed cue is a primeval forest in New Zealand and an egg waiting to be hatched. Taking the perspective of inside the egg, I layered various native New Zealand birds over a bed of crickets and a Poiawhiowhio - a Maori percussion instrument. Other sounds include a rainstick, ultrasound heartbeat, and underwater bubbles.
MUSIC: Original music for The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin, by Jessica Huang, produced at History Theatre, St. Paul, MN, March 2016.
AMBIENCE: Torch Theatre in Minneapolis, MN produced Jeffrey Hatcher's adaptation of The Turn of the Screw in 2012. This track is a compilation of unsettling underscores used throughout the show.
AMBIENCE: Written by Jessica Huang and produced in 2015 by Mu Performing Arts, Purple Cloud addresses three generations of a Chinese-American family struggling with their multi-racial identity and acculturation. This track underscored a very ritualized and poignant funeral scene that had very little dialogue.
MUSIC: An improvisational recording of foot stomps, claps, and guttural utterances for My Children! My Africa! at Park Square Theatre. (A video of the recording session can be seen here: vimeo.com/145140077 ) To enhance the track, I laid underneath a kalimba and shaker (both recorded and performed by myself), and electronic log drum sampler.
FIELD RECORDING: Bourbon Street in the French Quarter, New Orleans, at midnight on a Saturday, March 2013. Recorded with a Tascam DR-100.
FIELD RECORDING: Sounds from an open air streetmarket in Havana, Cuba. Recorded December 2015 on a Tascam DR-100.