Photo by David Rajter, February 2017
Hi there. I’m an award-winning radio producer, field recordist, broadcast artist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer based in Los Angeles, CA.
My work can be found here under four broad categories:
I’m a staff producer at KCRW 89.9 FM (Santa Monica, CA), providing independent and freelance contributors with development, production, and editorial tools to help bring their stories to KCRW’s listeners. I am also a Contributing Editor for The Organist, a co-production of KCRW and The Believer magazine.
As a freelance radio producer, editor, engineer, mixer, composer, and music supervisor, my clientele includes This American Life, BBC, 99% Invisible,TED Radio Hour (NPR), New Yorker Radio Hour (WNYC), Note to Self (WNYC), PBS Masterpiece Studio (WGBH), FiveThirtyEight, Slate.com, the Getty Museum (Los Angeles), National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Studio 360 (WNYC), USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Harvard Business School, Latino USA, On the Media (WNYC), The Big Listen (WAMU), Monocle, and many others. In a former life, I was the Senior Radio Producer (and continue on as a Consulting Producer) for L.A. Theatre Works from 2008-2016.
I began my life as a musician, and all of my projects stem from that initial impulse to create, collate, and share the sounds which speak to me in some elemental way. As a teenager, I developed a musical style influenced by the electronic pop of my youth and esoteric personal influences such as shortwave radio and the industrial architecture of the Midwest. I moved to Boston for college, re-branded myself as Science Park, and put out three self-played and self-produced CDs: Science Park (1997), Futurama (1998), and Disinformation (2000).This iteration of the band concluded in early 2001 after three albums, countless live and radio performances, and critical praise from SPIN, the Village Voice, the Advocate, the Boston Globe, and many others. I relaunched Science Park as a conceptual band in 2017. A new album, Mercator, is coming in late 2017.
Adventures in Sound
One of my major passions is field recording, and I’ve traveled around the world (and the Americas) to capture rich and evocative sonic landmarks and soundprints. I’ve recorded the songs of ritual drummers on the archipelago of Socotra; pre-dawn calls to prayer in rural Mali; the haunting sounds of train horns in the California desert; unique folkloric singing in the mountains of Bulgaria; and much more. I also collect vintage recordings of diaphonic foghorns, virtually all of which have been decommissioned in lighthouses around the United States and Europe.
ShortWaveMusic (2005-2014) was a global sound series which aimed to preserve the sound of regional and international broadcasting around the world. Traveling with my radios to electrically-quiet deserts, mountains, and open plains, I recorded hundreds of hours of music and speech from radio stations on every continent, with a particular interest in transmissions from Africa and the Middle East. The project is currently on the back-burner as I pursue other opportunities.
I’m always happy to discuss new work and commissions, or just shoot the breeze about whatever’s here. Feel free to contact me via any of the social media links indicated above, or send me an old-fashioned e-mail via the contact form below. Thanks for stopping by!