OPTIMISTIC ABOUT TECH
I believe that technology can help people foster happy and healthy relationships with themselves and others. Originally a sound designer for film, I am now a Doctor of Audiology focusing on hearing health and science, hearing technologies, and how to live well with rising noise levels.
ROOTED IN MUSIC, BRANCHED OUT TO HEALTHCARE
I grew up playing violin and piano in orchestras and rock bands. After spending my undergraduate years recording music, I caught the travel bug and worked as a dance instructor in Taiwan, a figure skater in France and Germany, and started a tea business in Denver, CO. I moved to New York City in 2005, immersing myself in the world of sound and technology via NYU.
In 2009, I opened an audio post production studio in the Lower East Side of NYC. Sensaphonics, a hearing wellness and custom in-ear monitor company, brought me out to Chicago in 2017. My location sound recording and post-production sound work has been featured in Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, VH1, PBS, Comedy Central and more. I taught sound at the Tisch Graduate Film School for three years, worked at lean and mean sound library company Pro Sound Effects for five and was faculty at NYU’s Steinhardt Graduate Music Technology program for over six. I have a master’s degree in Music Technology from NYU, at that time focusing on Bluetooth computer music controller design.
Central NY winters enticed me back to my hometown where I currently provide concierge hearing health services. Mentors Michael Santucci and Heather Malyuk continue to show me the way…
- A Beating of Beauty Laura Sinnott 6:08
Beating of Beauty
On a gloomy day in the summer of 2012 I procrastinated all work and indulged in my Pandora’s Chopin Nocturnes channel. Nocturne No. 14, performed by Michal Bialk, came up, and it inspired me to write and record the poem you hear here I originally titled “Ode to Chopin.”
- The Life of a Poet
The Life of a Poet
(2014) story written by Kobo Abe
If audio books had sound design/effects underneath they could reach a whole new level of storytelling – essentially they’d be like old radio shows. The harsh, winter imagery in this magical realist story calls for sonic life. What do crystalline snowflakes and frozen people sound like?
- Trascending Translation Romona Mukherjee, Pablo Neruda 4:42
(originally mixed in 5.1) words by Pablo Neruda performed by Romona Mukherjee
This piece explores the musical qualities of human speech by stripping sentences down first into words, and then into phonemes, thereby magnifying intrinsic pitches and rhythms. Spectral analysis was used to help create melodies, where spatialization and digital processing techniques modified the original words. The words are excerpts from Neruda’s “El Pozo” (“The Well”) and “Si Tu Me Olvidas” (“If you Forget Me”). While meaningful, the goal is to carry the listener away from the literal definition of the text and into a purer emotional and feeling state.
- Brooklyn Bridge Colson Whitehead, Reg E. Cathy, Freeman, Lambert 6:24
(2012) words by Colson Whitehead, performed by Reg E. Cathy, Cassandra Freeman and Alix Lambert originally part of BAM’s “Brooklyn Literary Mashup”
The piece begins with a soundscape of Brooklyn from the late 1800s through present day. If you listen closely, you can hear a faint elephant trumpeting because in order to quell peoples’ fears that the bridge could not bear the weight of vehicles, “P. T. Barnum helped to squelch doubts about the bridge’s stability—while publicizing his famous circus—when one of his most famous attractions, Jumbo, led a parade of 21 elephants over the Brooklyn Bridge” (wikipedia). The highlight here is Reg E. Cathy’s (House of Cards, The Wire) voice, solo, at the end of the piece.
- We Glide over the Unburied Lawrence Hill read by Tigist Selam 5:29
We Glide over the Unburied
(2012) words by Lawrence Hill performed by Tigist Selam
This particular passage in “The Book of Negroes” by Lawrence Hill struck me in the face with its power and vividness. My friend Tigist did the favor of coming in to record, and this was ultimately a present for the person who introduced me to the book.
- Doce Ocho Tango Laura Sinnott 2:31
Doce Ocho Tango
Originally composed for the Augmented Tango Shoe controller.
- Golden Grains Laura Sinnott 1:01
(2006) Composed in Csound using granular synthesis techniques and based upon the Fibonacci sequence.