Radio Producer, Founder of Polar Radio
Rikke Houd is a sound artist.
Co-Founder, Editor in Chief
Tania Ketenjian is a journalist, documentarian and sound artist. She has contributed nationally to PRI’s Studio 360, APM’s Weekend America, NPR’s Day to Day and PRI’s and BBC's The World. She has contributed internationally to the BBC and the BBC World Service in England, CBC in Canada, ABC in Australia and RTE in Ireland. Tania hosts and produces a half-hour weekly program on the arts called Sight Unseen which airs on KALX in Berkeley and is syndicated on Resonance FM in London and Art on Air Radio, based in NY. She completed an audio documentary on Happiness which was sponsored by The Institute of Noetic Sciences. Tania is also co-founder of Thin Air Media, a production company which fosters connection, communication, and empowerment to people through media and events. Most recently, she co-produced BIRTH, a public radio documentary about practices and perceptions of birth in America. She also co-produced BORN which looks at the post partum experience in America. Both are distributed by PRI. Along with BIRTH is THE BIRTH TOUR, a nationwide gathering for people to talk about birth in their communities. She has written for Paper Magazine, Dazed and Confused, The Times UK and Icon Magazine. She also produces podcasts for companies and public spaces. Tania is a member of an artist’s collective, Quorum, where she contributes sound pieces for exhibitions, and she shares a studio space with artists collectively called Compound 21. Tania lives with her husband, Philip Wood, in San Francisco, California.
Co-Founder, Creative Director
Philip Wood is best known for being the curatorial and creative brains behind the renowned international design and art brand, CITIZEN:Citizen. He is an artisan, entrepreneur, professor and cultural critic whose views on products, design, craft and art have led him across the world, speaking about and engaging with those who see the potential for objects as vehicles for communication. His work has been highlighted as “groundbreaking” and “provocative” and he himself has been cited as “visionary.”
Wood's approach to the creative fields is one of treating them as mediums more than disciplines. He is passionately involved in tracking their various locations in contemporary culture, whether it be through curation, gallery inversions (where visitors bring their own objects to the gallery), museum shows and, what he has coined, “rogue retail practices”, which are as much cultural interventions as shopping events.
Products from Wood's company, CITIZEN:Citizen, are part of the permanent collections of both the New York and San Francisco MoMA. In the last three years, Wood and his company have been featured in over 300 magazines and invited to partake in national and international art and design fairs. His artists are leaders in their fields and his credibility and connections, which lie at the nexus of the creative industries, enable Wood to identify and bring to market visionary talent and extraordinary products.
Originally trained in the traditions of fine English cabinet making, Wood's business career spans furniture design, production, retailing (both interiors and fashion) and now, curation and production of conceptual design objects. Whether it be fashion, art, design or furniture, Wood sees all of these as a means of communication and a entryway to understanding the world we live in. Wood's unique vision into culture and its re-interpretation has led him to being increasingly called upon for creative direction and brand strategy.
Ronan Kelly is a producer with RTE Radio 1 in Ireland. Kelly studied communications at the University in Dublin and then began his career as a commercial video producer. He was an intern for Channel 13 in New York and for CNN in Atlanta when, having given Ted Turner all his good ideas, he came back to Ireland to resume his career. Kelly worked as a reporter for RTE TV for three years before finally finding his niche as a radio producer.
He has produced or co-produced winners of the PPI Radio Awards, in the past two years: "Meat Factory Ear Worms" (2008) and "Through Cairo Airport" (2009). He was also awarded a Third Coast Festival award for his documentary about a winner of the TV show, "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?": "Millionaire".
“The Curious Ear” is a weekly, short documentary series produced by Kelly for RTÉ Radio, Ireland.
“Electronic musician and sound artist Stephen Vitiello transforms incidental atmospheric noises into mesmerizing soundscapes that alter our perception of the surrounding environment. He has composed music for independent films, experimental video projects and art installations, collaborating with such artists as Nam June Paik, Tony Oursler and Dara Birnbaum. In 1999 he was awarded a studio for six months on the 91st floor of the World Trade Center’s Tower One, where he recorded the cracking noises of the building swaying under the stress of the winds after Hurricane Floyd. As an installation artist, he is particularly interested in the physical aspect of sound and its potential to define the form and atmosphere of a spatial environment.”—Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain catalog for the exhibition Ce qui arrive/Unknown Quantity, 2002
Jennie C. Jones
This is Jennie C. Jones' artist's statement: My practice is both a comment on and a continuum of the conceptual ideology of jazz, an honoring of the deep radical legacy of its experimentation, of hybrid modernist forms, of wit, of riff — the turning of a phrase onto itself. Profoundly invested in history, I attempt a merger of art history and black history within the realm of the abstract languages they constructed. Consequently, my work occupies a unique space in that I aim to examine the cultural intersections of music, theory, art, and history–at its core my practice is a search for a neo-modernism, apparent in my exploration of both the geometric and non-geometric styles of modernist production. The general strands of thought I continue to expand upon are: ways of drawing sound, sound and architectural space (installation), listening as a conceptual practice, and the ability of audio equipment to function as objet d’art. This is a discourse that dates back to Bauhaus as sited in Laszlo Moholy-Nagy’s 1924 article “New Creations in Music—The Possibility of the Phonograph,” published in Der Sturm; and as new forms of technology emerge, bringing new ways of listening, our approach to experimental forms of audio in an art context should begin to reflect this evolution and question it.
Joe Frawley (b. July 4, 1971) is an experimental composer and pianist working out of New London, Connecticut whose works blur the boundary between music and sound art. By layering and juxtaposing original music with processed found sounds, field recordings, and recontextualized speech fragments, the composer creates challenging yet accessible sound assemblages bearing a hypnotic dreamlike quality. His works have been widely broadcast internationally and appear on several prominent experimental music compilation CDs, including Vibrö No. 4: Music No Music, published by Double Entendre (Paris), and Audiotron, published by Extrapool (Netherlands).
Sofia Saldanha was born in Portugal. She worked as a producer and broadcaster at Rádio Universitária do Minho between 1992 and 2007. In September 2009, she completed the MA Radio at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She won the Best New Artist Award in the 2010 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition for her documentary The Sleeping Fool. She currently lives in London.
Thomas Lopez aka Meatball Fulton
Writer, Producer, Recording Engineer
Tom Lopez has written and produced over 150 hours of audio drama. He was awarded the Prix Italia Special Prize for the 3D binaural sound production of "The Maltese Goddess." He has recorded music and ambiances in Java, Sumatra, Bali, India, Mexico, Morocco, Costa Rica, Brazil, Belize, the Amazon, and the Pantanal. He records the environments first, then writes stories set in these sound-rich locations. He has recently completed production on "Steam Dreamers of Inverness," a series for the web and radio. In 1970, Tom Lopez started a radio commune on a donated farm in upstate New York and called it the ZBS Foundation. The idea was to use media as a way to raise consciousness and Lopez chose radio dramas as the avenue with which to do that. The commune no longer exists, but the dramas continue to be produced. He is a legend in the radio world, inspiring producers around the world to use the medium of sound in creative ways to develop evocative works.
Founder of Third Ear, Producer
Tim Hinman is a British-born radio producer who has lived and worked in Denmark since 1996. As co-founder of the radio features show Ultrasound, he’s been at the forefront of experimental radio production for a number of years. Since leaving Danish Radio (the national broadcaster) in 2007, Hinman has worked on a wide range of audio-based arts projects. In 2009 he founded the monthly digital magazine Third Ear, which launched online and showcases radio features, musicians, and other artists.
In The Dark
Listening Events, Media Partner
In The Dark is a collaborative project between radio producers and radio enthusiasts aiming to create a mini-revolution in the way we think about the art of spoken-word radio by lifting it out of its traditional settings and curating it in new and unusual ways.
In The Dark holds "listening" events in the UK. Every month they invite a different curator to present some of their own work and programmes that have inspired them. You can hear a selection of pieces from the most recent event on The [Un]Observed every month.
Newspaper, Website, Audio Archive, Media Partner
The Manchester Guardian was founded by John Edward Taylor in 1821, and was first published on May 5 of that year. The paper's intention was the promotion of the liberal interest in the aftermath of the Peterloo Massacre and the growing campaign to repeal the Corn Laws that flourished in Manchester during this period. The Guardian was published weekly until 1836 when it was published on Wednesday and Saturday becoming a daily in 1855, when the abolition of Stamp Duty on newspapers permitted a subsequent reduction in cover price (to 2d) allowed the paper to be published daily.
The Guardian Unlimited network of websites was launched in January 1999. By March 2001 GU had over 2.4 million unique users, making it the most popular UK newspaper website.
On September 12 2005 the new Berliner Guardian launched, with a ground-breaking design in a mid-size format. The Guardian became the UK's first full-colour national newspaper, and the first UK national newspaper ever to adopt this size.
December 2008 marked a significant point in the history of the Guardian when the paper moved to a brand new building in King's Cross after 32 years in its Farringdon headquarters.
To learn more about its history and where it is today please go here.
Commissioning Editor, General Factual Programmes, BBC Radio4
Tony Phillips is Commissioning Editor, General Factual Programmes at BBC's Radio4. He is responsible for a wide variety of programming including documentaries, arts, sport and religion. During his nearly twenty year career as a programme-maker at the BBC, he produced documentaries on themes ranging from Malcolm X to the future of the English Language. He studied American History and Literature at the University of East Anglia in the UK.
Founder and Senior Producer at Falling Tree Productions
Alan Hall has been a radio producer since 1990 and has built a reputation for long-form documentaries, music features and 'impressionistic radio'. Since leaving the BBC in 1998, having received two Prix Italias and Sonys, he has worked independently, establishing Falling Tree Productions as one of the world's leading radio production companies. Programmes have received further awards from the Sonys, Prix Marulic, Prix Bohemia and the Third Coast Festival.
Alan is also an Associate Tutor at Goldsmiths College, University of London, where since 1998 he has run the MA in Radio Creative feature course.
Senior Audio Producer for The Guardian, Sound Artist, Producer of Hackney Podcast
Francesca Panetta started as a trainee Sound Assistant at the BBC and worked at Radios 3 and 4 for 5 years before heading up The Guardian's audio department. As an award winning producer, she specialises in montage features, and set up the Hackney Podcast in 2008 as a space for highly-crafted experimental audio. In 2010, the Hackney Podcast won a Sony Gold for best internet programme, Gold at the New York Festivals Radio Program Awards. Francesca also won Best Online Producer and the Creative Award at the inaugural Radio Production Academy Awards in 2010.
Author, Radio Producer
Hillary Frank is an author and radio producer based in Montclair, NJ. Her work has aired on This American Life, Studio 360, Morning Edition, Marketplace, Weekend America,and Chicago Matters. Hillary's third novel, The View from the Top, was published by Dutton (Summer 2010).
Piece: Moon Graffiti
Carma Jolly is a producer at CBC Radio’s Spark, a Canadian radio program about technology and culture. Carma has worked in radio since 1993, mostly in news and current affairs. She has made numerous documentaries and even won some awards. She’ll also proudly mention that a side adventure found her in New Delhi interning at India’s first women’s press.
Piece: Middle C
Rachel Mars is a performer, writer and Arts producer based in London. She works in theatre, live art and comedy.
She is interested in people and the way tiny moments can have massive consequences. Her current work looks at Queer, gender and cultural identities. But fun.
Her theatre shows 'Tomboy Blues - The Theory of Disappointment', '27 Questions I Will Never Ask My Grandmother' and 'Unto Us A Child Is Born' have been shown around the UK. As a performer/facilitator she has held dinner parties for strangers, led guerrilla building teams creating pop-up Bauhaus buildings across London, faked it as a maid in a city hotel and cross-stitched people’s most precious text messages. She Tango danced with visitors at the V&A Museum, and balloon modeled with audiences in toilets at the Soho Theatre. Recently her piece on Queer families was featured on the Guardian's family podcast. Her work has also been shown at the Barbican London and Glastonbury Festival.
Broadcaster, Author, Voice Actor, Humorist
Joe Bevilacqua is a veteran award-winning broadcaster, author, voice actor and humorist. Joe Bev.'s work is heard on NPR, Sirius-XM, Shokus Internet Radio, Omni Media Networks, Texas Radio for The Blind, and radio stations around the world and on the web. He is currently the host of the popular syndicated radio show CARTOON CARNIVAL, producing and voicing audio books and has a TV kids show in development called CAMP WATERLOGG.
Piece: A Guy Named Joe
Radio Producer and Host
The son of a scientist and a doctor, Jad Abumrad did most of his growing up in Tennessee before studying creative writing and music composition at Oberlin College in Ohio. Following graduation, Abumrad wrote music for films and reported and produced documentaries for a variety of local and national public radio programs, including On the Media, PRI's Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and WNYC's "24 Hours at the Edge of Ground Zero." He currently hosts and produces Radiolab on WYNC.
Artist and Curator
Anne Colvin is a Scottish artist based in San Francisco whose work has been shown locally, nationally and internationally. Most recent shows include Long Play: Bruce Conner and The Singles Collection at SFMOMA, Eros/Thanatos at Torrance Art Museum and Chain Reaction, SFAC Gallery, San Francisco. Colvin is currently progammer-in-residence at Berkeley Art Museum and has worked on curatorial projects for New Langton Arts and David Cunningham Projects, San Francisco. Colvin also ran the project space TART from 2004 to 2008 and was recently invited to contribute to the No Soul for Sale collaborative book project.
Neil Trevithick has made radio documentaries for the BBC for fifteen years, most recently in Indonesia (Indonesian Journeys X4), Atlanta (The Whoop), and in the mountains of the Black Sea Region of North Eastern Turkey (Return to Trebizond). He works out of the BBC Radio Arts Unit in London.
Photo: Eleftherios Kostans is Staff photographer at Swarthmore College, Swarthmore Pennsylvania, USA. He has been documenting Pontian culture on a global scale for some 15 years. His project, a personal journey documenting his own background, is intended to provide identity to a culture in transition and show how it has survived across three continents, regardless of borders and faith. His work is featured in greater detail here.
Piece: What is Love?
Martina Castro is a radio producer, reporter, editor, and trainer based in San Francisco, CA. She is currently a senior editor with KALW public radio, overseeing arts and culture coverage in the Bay Area for their local newsmagazine, Crosscurrents. Martina’s interviews and pieces mainly air on KALW, but her work has also aired on NPR’s Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, and Day to Day. Martina started her career at National Public Radio as a field producer working with national reporters, making sound rich pieces to air on all of NPR’s newsmagazines. She also worked with NPR’s Next Generation Radio program working with young people interested in doing sound work and reporting. Martina grew up in Northern Virginia but her family is from Uruguay. In her spare time, you might hear her singing tango, find her on a yoga mat, or surfing small waves at her favorite nor cal surf town, Bolinas.
Piece: Death of a Car Salesman
DinahBird is a radio artist and feature maker living and working in Paris and London. She makes radio programmes, audio publications, installations, and soundtracks. Recent commissions include When Silence Sings, a composed soundscape for BBC Radio 3's Between the Ears, Natures Constuites, an audio/video collaboration that documents urban transformation in Northern Paris, and Songs of the Brewery, an in-situ sound installation for Cork, European Capital of Culture, 2005. Works have been played on BBC Radio 4, Radio 3, France Culture's Atelier de Création Radiophonique, Resonance FM, and on Kunst Radio. She has performed live in the Pompidou Centre and the Palais de Tokyo, Paris. She is presently employed by the Paris Museum of Modern Art to develop a programme of sound workshops in relation to their permanent and temporary collections and to produce audio interviews with artists.
Piece: Vito Goes to the Dentist
Marina Rosenfeld is a composer and artist based in New York. In recent years, her sound installations and performances have been widely commissioned by institutions in Europe and North America, including the Whitney Museum (Whitney Biennials 2002 and 2008); Stedelijk Museum; Tate Modern; The Kitchen, Creative Time, Artists Space and the Contemporary Jewish Museum San Francisco; and festivals including the Holland Festival, Performa Biennial, Donaueschingen, Ars Electronica, Wien Modern, Musikprotokoll, Pro Musica Nova, Maerz Musik, Mutek, and Los Angeles' Center for Experiments in Art, Information and Technology, among many others. She has created scores for the Merce Cunningham and Douglas Dunn dance companies and has collaborated with artists including George Lewis, Christian Marclay, Ikue Mori, Lee Ranaldo, DJ Olive, and Anthony Coleman, among many others. Rosenfeld recordings can be found on Charhizma, Softl Music, Room 40 and Innova. She's been a member of the faculty at Bard College's Milton Avery School of the Arts in New York since 2003, and co-chair of its program in Music/Sound since 2007.
Piece: The Conversation
Belgian born, South African raised artist Floor Vahn lives and works in San Francisco and began her musical training at the age of five, studying violin and viola in South Africa. She attended the Kunsthumaniora in Belgium, and studied electro-acoustic music at Brooklyn College, New York. Her sound installations traverse new media, theater, and performance, and revolves around composition, collaborative performance, interactivity in the arts, gesture to sound/image mappings, synthesis techniques, improvisation, and musical theater. Floor's deep interest in music technology and digital art has led to experiments with electronic, classical, non-western music, sound collage and a general investigation into how digital precision and acoustic warmth can complement each other. Her work has recently been presented by San Francisco Arts Commission, Luggage Store Gallery and Triple Base.
Jason Kahn's work includes sound installation, performance and composition. He was born in New York in 1960, grew up in Los Angeles and relocated to Europe in 1990. He currently lives in Zürich. He has given concerts and exhibited sound installations throughout Europe, North and South America, Japan, Mexico, Korea, Israel, Turkey, Russia, Lebanon, Egypt, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. Kahn performs both solo and in collaboration, using percussion, analog synthesizer or computer in different combinations. He composes for electronics and acoustic instruments. For larger groups of directed improvisation he has devised a system of graphical scores. Kahn creates his sound installations for specific spaces. The focus of these primarily non-visual works lies in the perception of space through sound.
Piece: Unheard Zurich
Jess Levey is a New York based artist who works in photography, video installation, and sound. Her work has been exhibited at various art spaces in NYC including Exit Art, NurtureArt, MoCADA, and The Brooklyn Historical Society. Her most recent multi-media project, "After The Crash", which she began working on in 2008 after being laid off from Hearst Magazines, is an exploration of the unstable interaction between work and our identity. Jess lives in Brooklyn, NY where she was born and bred. She received at BA from Barnard College where she studied photography with Thomas Roma, and is currently completing her MFA at Hunter College.
Piece: Untitled #2
Ben Rubin is a media artist based in New York City. He completed two major public artworks in 2006: "San Jose Semaphore" for the city of San Jose, California, and "Four Stories" for the Minneapolis Public Library. Mr. Rubin's work has been shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the MIT List Visual Arts Center, the Skirball Center in Los Angeles (in a show organized by the Getty Museum), the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the San Jose Museum of Art. He has been a frequent collaborator with artists and performers including Laurie Anderson, Diller+Scofidio, Ann Hamilton, Arto Lindsay, Steve Reich, and Beryl Korot. Rubin's installation Listening Post (2002, with statistician Mark Hansen) won the 2004 Golden Nica Prize from Ars Electronica as well as a Webby award in 2003. Mr. Rubin received a B.A. from Brown University in 1987 and an M.S. in visual studies from the MIT Media Lab in 1989. Mr. Rubin teaches at the Yale School of Art, where he was appointed critic in graphic design in 2004.
Piece: Listening Post
Composer, Performer, Audio Artist
Pamela Z is a San Francisco-based composer/performer and audio artist who works primarily with voice, live electronic processing, and sampling technology. She creates solo works combining experimental extended vocal techniques, operatic bel canto, found objects, text, digital processing, and MIDI controllers that allow her to manipulate sound with physical gestures. In addition to her solo work, she has composed and recorded scores for dance, theatre, film, and new music chamber ensembles. Her large-scale multi-media works have been presented at venues including Theater Artaud and ODC in San Francisco, and The Kitchen in New York, and her audio works have been presented in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum in New York and the Diözesanmuseum in Cologne. Her multi-media opera Wunderkabinet – based on the Museum of Jurassic Technology (created in collaboration with Matthew Brubeck and Christina McPhee) has been presented at The LAB Gallery (San Francisco), REDCAT (Disney Hall, Los Angeles), and Open Ears Festival, Toronto. Pamela Z has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. She has performed in numerous festivals including Bang on a Can at Lincoln Center (New York), Interlink (Japan), Other Minds (San Francisco), Pina Bausch Tanztheater Festival (Wuppertal, Germany), and La Biennale di Venezia (Italy). She is the recipient of numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Creative Capital Fund, the CalArts Alpert Award in the Arts, the ASCAP Music Award, and the NEA and Japan/US Friendship Commission Fellowship. She holds a music degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Piece: Muni Section
Radio Documentarian and Founder of StoryCorps
Dave Isay is the founder of StoryCorps and the recipient of numerous broadcasting honors including 5 Peabody Awards and a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship. He is the author/editor of four books that grew out of his public radio documentary work, including two StoryCorps books—the debut collection, Listening Is an Act of Love, and the forthcoming Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps, which publishes in April of 2010.
Piece: The Sunshine Hotel
Born on a farm in the Western part of Norway in 1971, Kari Hesthamar has worked for the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, NRK radio and television since 1996, and in the NRK feature department since 1998. She often gives workshops around Norway and Europe, and has won numerous awards for her work, including the Prix Europa (1999, 2004, 2006) and the Prix Italia (2003). Hesthamar has been a member of the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) Project Group since 2003. Her interview with Leonard Cohen is a rare and beautiful portrait of the legend in his later years.
Piece: If It Be Your Will
Kaye Mortley is Australian by birth but since 1981 has worked as an independent documentary maker based in Paris, producing for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, France Culture and for state broadcasting companies in Europe and elsewhere. Mortley's cinematic radio productions have received numerous awards from the Prix Futura and Prix Europa; most recently A Stranger in Alsace received the 2005 Prix Italia prize for documentary work. Mortley also leads creative documentary workshops and builds sound installations throughout Europe. She is dedicated to opening up a space for those whose voice is not often heard, and to listening to the world around her - both for the sounds and the passing silences.
Piece: Stopover Bangkok
Journalist, Editor, Producer, Long Distance Runner
Hugh Levinson is an editor with BBC Radio Current Affairs based in London. He edits series including Crossing Continents and From Our Own Correspondent. As a producer and presenter, he has made documentaries from across the world, on a diverse range of subjects from the search for the True Cross to the story of Kim Jong Il's pizza chef. As producer and editor, he has won all major UK radio awards, including Sony, One World and Amnesty International. In his spare time, he runs long-distance, annoys people with card tricks and plays with the semi-legendary Trouser Band.
Piece: Listening to Jamie
Ben Manilla is an audio producer, consultant and educator. His numerous accolades include the Edward R. Murrow Award, the Edwin H. Armstrong Award, NFCB Golden Reel Award, and three-time winner of the Grand Award from the International Radio Festival. Ben’s production company, BMP Audio, has been at the forefront of creative broadcasting since 1991. BMP’s regularly scheduled radio programs include The House of Blues Radio Hour with Dan Aykroyd and Philosophy Talk from Stanford University. Ben’s multi-platform production company, Media Mechanics, has developed entertainment properties of all types from internet audio stations and satellite radio channels to websites and widgets. Ben teaches Radio Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
Piece: Valleys of Neptune
Kyla Brettle is an independent media practitioner with a focus in audio documentary production. She is currently Lecturer in Radio & Communication at RMIT University and the online producer for ABC Radio National's Music Unit. Since 1997, Kyla has produced stories across audio, online, screen and print media. She has recorded programs from remote and urban Australia and also from South Africa and Afghanistan. Her work has been well recognised both internationally and at home. Kyla started lecturing and studio teaching in 2005, she has two undergraduate degrees and is enrolled in postgraduate study.
Piece: The Trouble With Rick
Music Composer, Radio Producer
Jonathan Mitchell is a radio producer, composer, and co-creator of The Truth, a radio fiction program from American Public Media. He has contributed a wide range of pieces—documentaries, fictional stories, non-narrated sound collages, and music— to many public radio programs, including Radiolab, Studio 360, This American Life, Fair Game, The Next Big Thing, Marketplace, and All Things Considered. In 2004, he won a Golden Reel Award for Shades of Gray, an hour-long documentary about abortion. Jonathan composed the music and sound design for two full episodes of Nova on PBS (Astrospies and The Spy Factory), and also created parodies of TV commercials heard in the computer games The Sims and The Sims 2. He studied music composition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Mills College. He lives in New York City.
Musician and Composer
Glyn "Bigga" Bush is a composer, producer, musician and DJ based in Dorset, SW England. He has been making music most of his life and since the early 90s has worked exclusively on writing, producing and performing, initially with Rockers Hi Fi and since 2000 as BiggaBush and Lightning Head. He has remixed a wide range of artists including Vieux Farka Toure, Suba, Ennio Morricone and Sly and Robbie. His last album release was 13 Faces of Lightning Head, the album his afrobeat odyssey inspired. He also runs the Magic Drum Orchestra, a 15-piece bateria playing hybrids of samba, afrobeat, hip hop, funk and drum & bass as well as more traditional African and Brazilian rhythms. Lion Head Recordings is the label he set up in 2006 to release his material. For more Bigga Bush, please click here.
Piece: Journey Into Afrobeat
Dan Wilson is a U.K.-based instrument builder, observationalist, hardware hacker, failed writer, dumpster-diver and composer specializing in sonic thaumaturgy, anti-tainment and mediadropping (the act of disseminating 'challenging' cassettes or CDs by leaving them in public places). In 2007, he won the Arts Foundation fellowship for electroacoustic music and performed at the Tate Modern with the improv group Oscillatorial Binnage. He is also known to operate under the monikers Meadow House and Ashfordaisyak when dropping media. He sent us this picture with the backstory that his friend took the photo of him while he was attempting to elude the police.
Nina Katchadourian was born in Stanford, California and grew up spending every summer on a small island in the Finnish archipelago, where she still spends part of each year. Her work exists in a wide variety of media including photography, sculpture, video and sound. Her work has been exhibited domestically and internationally at places such as PS1/MoMA, the Serpentine Gallery, New Langton Arts, Artists Space, SculptureCenter, and the Palais de Tokyo. In January 2006 the Turku Art Museum in Turku, Finland featured a solo show of works made in Finland, and in June 2006 the Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs exhibited a 10-year survey of her work and published an accompanying monograph entitled "All Forms of Attraction." The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego presented a solo show of recent video installation works in July 2008. Katchadourian is represented by Sara Meltzer gallery in New York and Catharine Clark gallery in San Francisco.
Jason Cady, Kara Oehler, Ann Heppermann
Ann Heppermann and Kara Oehler are Peabody-award winning public radio producers and media artists based in Brooklyn and Boston. Their stories and long-form documentaries have aired nationally and internationally on public radio shows including: This American Life, Morning Edition, Weekend America, BBC, CBC, Radio Lab, Re:Sound, Marketplace and numerous others. Individually and collectively, their radio stories and media projects have won Peabody, RTNDA Edward R. Murrow, NFCB Golden Reel, PRNDI, Associated Press and Third Coast International Audio Festival (TCIAF) awards, and been exhibited at Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), UnionDocs and Conflux, among other venues. They have held guest lectures at TCIAF, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke, the South Asian Journalists Association Convention at Columbia University, Universität Konstanz and Harvard University and teach at Sarah Lawrence College. Currently, Ann and Kara are traveling around the United States, documenting streets named Main for a new project called Mapping Main Street. Their work can also be heard on free103point9.
Jason Cady is a composer of dramatic vocal works and experimental chamber music. The Wire described his one-act opera, Post-Madonna Prima Donna, as, “thoughtful satire, sharp composition.” Cady has an M.A. in composition from Wesleyan University, where he studied with Alvin Lucier and Anthony Braxton. His undergraduate degree is in Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance from Arizona State University, where he studied composition with Richard Lerman and Harold Budd, in addition to training in visual art. He was born in 1974 in Flint, Michigan and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Piece: Chorus of Refuge
Benjamin Adair is a journalist and radio producer based in Los Angeles, California. He has served in every facet of public radio production from associate producer to managing editor to executive producer. I've contributed to shows such as All Things Considered, Marketplace, Day to Day, Studio 360, Radio Lab and Latino USA. He also consults for both national shows and local productions that are seeking to define or refine an editorial sound and/or process. Clients have included American Public Media, WNYC and Southern California Public Radio. He is currently the Editorial Director of APM's Sustainability and Global Climate Change Initiatives. Ben loves radio that fully exploits the medium: strong narratives and ideas, interesting voices, beautiful sound. The best stories create new worlds of experience for the listener and engage all the senses - not just the ears.
Sound designer, mixer and sound artist Jeremiah Moore has been fascinated with sound since before he was born. He records, designs and mixes sound for documentary and narrative films, interactive works, radio productions, theater, and museum exhibits. He got a start with the innovative Terra Infirma radio module series in the early nineties. Since then, his work has been heard on NPR, PBS, and NBC; films he has designed and mixed have premiered at film festivals such as Sundance, Mill Valley, Toronto, San Francisco International and Silverdocs; and he's installed permanent exhibits in two significant museums. He has won awards for sound design. He recently created a multichannel sound and video installation examining the interface of humans nature and technology. He's currently promoting listening activities through acoustic ecology group Bay Area Sound Ecology, for which he serves as co-chair. He lives in San Francisco with his partner and their two sons.
Piece: Food Safety Enhancement
Douglas McGray writes about social and political issues, science, and culture for the New Yorker, This American Life, the New York Times Magazine, T, the Atlantic Monthly, the Los Angeles Times, Wired, and Foreign Policy. He is a California-based fellow at the New America Foundation. He is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Pop-Up Magazine, a new "live magazine" that showcases documentary film, photography, radio, interviews, and print journalism live on stage in San Francisco. His work has received a number of national journalism awards, and been profiled on the cover of Time Asia and in the "Year in Ideas" issue of the New York Times Magazine. Previously a features editor at Foreign Policy, Doug was an architect of its transformation from a quarterly journal into an acclaimed magazine. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN, NPR, and the Charlie Rose Show. Doug graduated from Brown University.
Photo of Doug taken by Gabriela Hasbun.
Piece: Prisoner of the Heart