I am a composer and sound artist. My interests lie in using natural data, ideally real-time, in multi-channel sound installation as a way of exploring ecological and social systems. Recently, I have created installations using live geomagnetic data, historical data about civilizations over time, and weather data about tides, for example. Humanity is in the middle of many existential threats in the form of climate change, mass species extinctions and ecosystem collapse, all stemming from a disconnect with our place as a part of a complex ecological system. I believe that because sound has emotional resonance, it can help us understand in an affective way these larger systems. I aim with my work to create soundscapes that allow people to have an intimate experience while at the same time feeling connected to the world around them.
I also perform on harp and keyboard, usually augmented by electronics, and have performed extensively as an improviser and in noise projects.
I was a researcher and programmer at The Office for Creative Research, a multidisciplinary research group exploring new modes of engagement with data, where I worked on projects for institutions such as MoMa and The Ford Foundation. I am also affiliated with the acclaimed theater group Elevator Repair Service, and Sibyl Kempson’s 7 Daughters of Eve Theater & Performance Co. I hold a B.A. in Electronic Music Composition and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Computer Science from Mills College, as well as an M.F.A. in Performance and Interactive Media Arts from Brooklyn College.
My most recent piece, O Sister O Sister Sing, a performance-installation using neural networks trained on Anglo-american ballads will be presented at The Overlook in Chicago, IL on July 1st 2017 from 6-10pm and on selected additional dates over the upcoming months.