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Overview

Sonic Miniatures is a project focused on creating short micro-narratives, often with sounds other than human speech.

Background

Sonic Miniatures is a project to create short, sound based narratives where the primary sound source is not always human vocalization. Instead, I use environmental or mechanical sounds from my field recordings to create narratives with perceivable beginnings, middles, and ends. The desired end result is engagement with these micro-narratives through listening and imagination.

Works

  • A Train is Arriving / Departing
    Sound narrative. 1'00"
    A micro-narrative about passenger trains arriving and departing in Denver International Airport.

    Exhibitions / Publications / Broadcasts

    Autohypnosis #38 A Train Is Arriving/Departing
    CD #38, 1 Minute Autohypnosis project
    (Juried selection. Limited edition of sixteen copies.)
    Project website
    Zaragoza, Spain
    November 2016
    Curated by international sound artist Pedro Bericat, for inclusion in his ongoing 1 Minute Autohypnosis project. Each iteration released as a limited edition CD and distributed as mail art. Each includes multiple genres of sounds: minimalist, musique concrète, field recordings, radio-art, synthesis, samplers, improvisation, circuit-bending, collages, drones, experiments with time, poetic micrologies, molecular soundscapes, amphibian monologues, and sonic pathologies.

  • Another Cougar First Down
    Sound narrative. 3'00"
    The noise of an American university football game is surprisingly rhythmic, relaxing, even meditative.

    Exhibitions / Publications / Broadcasts

    Audiograft 2017 Another Cougar First Down
    Audiograft 2017 jukebox
    (Juried selection)
    Event website
    Sonic Art Research Unit (SARU), Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, England
    7-19 March 2017
    Introduced at Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford, England, Live Friday, 3 March 2017

    Audiograft is an annual international festival of experimental music and sound, exhibitions, artists talks, and workshops, curated by the Sonic Art Research Unit (SARU), of Oxford Brookes University, in Oxford, England. The jukebox portion of the festival showcases short sound art works in an online, on demand context.

  • Flight Control
    Sound narrative. 5'41"
    The rapid fire directions of flight controllers, and nuanced responses from airline pilots weave a narrative we can only imagine. Flight Control uses live feeds from Athens, Brussels, Chicago, Kuwait City, Moscow, Sao Paulo, Singapore airports, and the Apollo 8 moon landing approaches to demonstrate.

    Exhibitions / Publications / Broadcasts

    Audiograft 2017 Flight Control
    Audiograft 2017 jukebox
    (Juried selection)
    Event website
    Sonic Art Research Unit (SARU), Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, England
    7-19 March 2017
    Introduced at Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford, England, Live Friday, 3 March 2017

    Audiograft is an annual international festival of experimental music and sound, exhibitions, artists talks, and workshops, curated by the Sonic Art Research Unit (SARU), of Oxford Brookes University, in Oxford, England. The jukebox portion of the festival showcases short sound art works in an online, on demand context.

  • Beirut, USA: July 4
    1:00, July 2014
    The Fourth of July is a celebration of loud and prolonged explosions. This was the sound in my neighborhood.

  • Cats Eating
    1:00, July 2014
    My cats are dainty eaters. They are quiet, so listening with headphones is advised.

  • Cruisin' the Gut
    1:00, Vancouver, Washington, July 2014
    This car rally in downtown Vancouver has cars and trucks driving up and down Main Street (the gut), a long slow cruise up to the Dairy Queen, turn around and head back downtown. Cruisin' the Gut is about watching the vehicles drive by and hearing them approach and recede. Use headphones for the best listening experience.

  • DHSI 2012, First Day
    1:00, Victoria, Canada, June 2014
    Walking across the University of Victoria campus to the opening ceremonies for the Digital Humanities Summer Institute 2014. Some interesting sounds.

  • East Wind 9/11 Chimes
    1:00, Vancouver, Washington, 11 September 2014
    There is a strong wind from the east today. The wind chimes under the house eave are active. They add their sounds to the bells ringing around the country in remembrance of those who died on this day in 2001.

  • Mind Your Step
    1:00, Schipol Airport, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, August 2015
    This announcement is everywhere as you use the moving walkways in the terminal. Strange that the voice is that of a British English speaker. What other stories are connected to the boarding announcements and calls for specific passengers?

  • Prime Meridian
    1:00, Greenwich, England, May 2014
    The Prime Meridian, zero degrees longitude, marks the division between the Eastern and Western Hemispheres. Astride the brass marker at the Royal Observatory, you literally are standing in both. What stories might one imagine here?

  • PSA: Interrupted Suspense
    1:00, Barcelona, Spain, 8 July 2017
    Provides a Public Service Announcement (PSA) for listeners concerned about suspense during a special edition of Música i Geografica, a weekly radio art program curated by Gràcia Territori Sonor, who organizes activities around the experimental music of Barcelona, Spain, including the LEM Festival.

    Exhibitions / Publications / Broadcasts

    Microtopies 2017 PSA: Interrupted Suspense
    Microtopies 2017
    Event website
    (Juried selection; One of fifty nine works selected)
    Ràdio Gràcia FM, Barcelona, Spain
    8 July 2017
    Each year, Gràcia Territori Sonor selects works from international open calls for Microtopies, a special broadcast of their weekly radio art program, Música i Geografica. Microtopíes 2017 was the sixth annual broadcast. The intent was to create a radio art broadcast by compiling selected submissions in the order of their receipt so to create a sonic mosaic. Each work is followed by the next. Meaning is made by the listener. Fifty nine submissions, from eleven different countries, each one minute in length, were selected. The hour-long work can be heard here.

  • Steelyard Passage
    1:00, London, England, May 2014
    The Steelyard was the walled, main trading base of the medieval Hanseatic League in London, located near present day Southwark Bridge (built 1814-1819), on the Thames River. The site is commemorated by Steelyard Passage, a walkway through the car park under a modern office building. A sound installation depicts what might have been heard in this former river shipping and warehouse area.

  • Trafalger Tavern
    1:00, Greenwich, England, May 2014
    A leisurely lunch and several pints of cider at the Trafalger Tavern, built in 1837, on the banks of the River Thames, imagining this chorus of contemporary voices as sea captains and pirates.