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). As a freelance 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), the Getty Museum (Los Angeles), Latino USA, 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 musician, fanzine writer, and indie-label entrepreneur. My high school years were marked by countless handmade cassette releases, xeroxed music ‘zines, a billion short-lived musical projects, 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 I’m currently putting the finishing touches on a brand-new album, Mercator.

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!

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24 March 2013 - Dubai (Al Sabkha), UAE

Walkabout During the Adhan al Maghrib

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13 August 2010 - Dolen, Bulgaria

Lesni se Goro by Group from Satovcha Village for Authentic Dolen Singing

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Interlude 2 (Faders) (Sound Art, 2005)

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The Ghosts of Fire Island (Documentary, KCRW, 2013)

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Reza Banki #6 (Music Cue for KCRW Documentary, 2015)

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29 August 2008 - Black Rock City, Nevada

The Green Shoes Installation by Sean O'Donoghue

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Waves of Waves (Sound Art, 2012)

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Portland Bill F-Type Diaphone

1993 Field Recording Restoration for Association of Lighthouse Keepers 2013

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Baptism of Solitude (Documentary, KCRW, 2017)

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Off the Block (Theme for KCRW Investigative Series, 2016)

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9 June 2014 - Savanna, IL

Night Chorus, Mississippi Palisades State Park

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Radio Ukraine International [UKR] 7440 kHz, 20-May-2005 [0200UTC] - EXCERPT

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10 January 2012 - Sikasso, Mali

Adhan al-Fajr

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Grand Central (For Cody Bayne's NONEXTANT Installation, 2015)

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Radio Free (Documentary, KCRW, 2016)

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3 January 2012 - Mambourke, Mali

Village Musicians and Dancers

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Radio Mauritanie [MTN] 7245 kHz, 3-Jan-2012 [0005UTC] - EXCERPT

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18 March 2013 - Qasrhir, Socotra

Nadmi bin Hammudi, Khamiss bin Suliman, Ahmed bin Mohammed, Slyiaf bin Saad, and Ghanam bin Ghareeb

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13 January 2012 - Timbuktu, Mali

Drum and Flute Ensemble, Festival au Desert

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Incidents in the Ether

Sequence 4 (For RRS Radio, Museo Reina Sofia Madrid, 2014)

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Radio Station WWVH

New Station ID and UT2 Correction (7-1-1972) 0358-0400 GMT

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Perspective (Music Cue for Unused Getty Museum Pilot, 2015)

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15 March 2013 - Wadi Dirhor, Socotra

Wadi Night Ambience

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22 March 2013 - Qalensiyah, Socotra

Fajr adhan

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2 January 2012 - Diéma, Mali

Alpha Diombana (flute) and Diallo Mariam Soucko (voice)

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Dengê Mezopotamya [UKR] 7540 kHz, 11-Oct-2010 [1626UTC] - EXCERPT

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RA-1 Channel 1

Common Systems Recorded Announcement Frame (CSRA) (1991)

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Dark Radio (Sound Art, 2007)

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Voice of the Islamic Republic of Iran vs. the World [IRN] 7130 kHz, 15-Sep-2003 [0228UTC] - EXCERPT

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30 August 2017 - Black Rock City, Nevada

Gamelatron in Man Base (0507AM)

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Mix Tapes Mix Tapes Mix Tapes (Documentary, KCRW, 2016)

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Radio Station WWV

Format Change Notification (1971)

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Akron, NE ('AK') Radio Range

1963 Recording by Lloyd Matthiesen, Restored 2017

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Broadcasting Service of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia [ARS] 11785 kHz, 14-Aug-2010 [1610UTC] - EXCERPT

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WAPA Radio (Sound Art, 2016)

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27 May 2016 - Maricopa, CA

Night Chorus, Hartman Camp, Sespe Wilderness

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Incidents in the Ether

Sequence 9 (For RRS Radio, Museo Reina Sofia Madrid, 2014)

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Radio Belarus, German Service [BLR] 7255 kHz, 3-Aug-2010 [1855UTC] - EXCERPT

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Reza Banki #3 (Music Cue for KCRW Documentary, 2015)

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7 August 2010 - Koprivshtitsa, Bulgaria

Selim Demirov (zurna) and Michiel Bakkes-de Vries (tupan)

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IRIB Radio Iran [IRN] 657 kHz, 17-Mar-2013 [1937UTC] - EXCERPT

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Voice of the Islamic Republic of Iran [IRN] 6025 kHz, 4-Aug-2010 [2102UTC] - EXCERPT

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One Winter's Evening, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1975 (Sound Art, 2016)

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