MYKE DODGE WEISKOPF
I’m an award-winning radio producer, field recordist, and songwriter/composer based in Los Angeles, CA.
I’m a producer in the News and Culture division of KCRW (Santa Monica, CA). I’m the series producer of Lost Notes, a documentary music series. I also produce for The Organist, our podcast with McSweeney’s/The Believer magazine. As a freelance producer, editor, engineer, mixer, composer, and music supervisor, my clientele includes This American Life, BBC, iHeartRadio, New Yorker Radio Hour (WNYC), 99% Invisible, Endeavor (WME/IMG), PBS Masterpiece Studio (WGBH), the Getty Museum, National Endowment for the Arts, Studio 360 (WNYC), and many others. Read more about my radio work.
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 ritual drummers on the archipelago of Socotra; calls to prayer in rural Mali; folkloric singing in the mountains of Bulgaria; and much more. I love working on freelance and commissioned recording projects, so please get in touch with your ideas.
From 2005-2013, I ran ShortWaveMusic: 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.
I began my creative life as a teenage musician, fanzine writer, and indie-label entrepreneur. My high school years were marked by countless cassette releases, xeroxed ‘zines, and long drives into the rural Midwestern night. While an undergrad at Boston University, I worked at the revered indie label Rykodisc and formed the electronic pop group Science Park, with whom I released three CDs: Science Park (1997), Futurama (1998), and Disinformation (2001). Science Park earned critical praise from SPIN, the Village Voice, the Advocate, the Boston Globe, and others before disbanding in late 2001. I revived the band in 2016, and my new album, Mercator, comes out in September 2018.
If you’d like to read about my work in excruciating detail, check out the chronology.
I’m always happy to discuss new work and commissions or shoot the breeze about whatever’s here. Drop me a line, and thanks for stopping by!