Sound Designed: Sound, Music, Narrative, and Space

Description:
Sound has historically been relegated to the role of accompanist in design circles, but increasingly it is shifting into a new position of consideration as a primary, integrated component of new media, environments, and products. Listen to a cross-disciplinary panel discussion with music and sound professionals exploring how their practices shape stories in the designed world.

Moderator:
Rebecca Gates
Sound Artist, Musician
www.parcematone.com
rebecca@rebeccagates.com
@rebeccagates
Rebecca Gates is an Oregon-based musician, artist, curator, and activist. She has toured and released albums internationally, and has appeared on recordings by a range of artists including Willie Nelson, Akito Katayose and The Decemberists. Her programs and work relating to issues of sound and space, listening, and artists’ roles in their communities have been hosted by PS1, Mass MOCA, WFMU’s Radiovision Festival, P.I.C.A., The Museum of Contemporary Craft, New York University and galleries in the United States and Europe. Gates co-curated Ballroom Marfa’s sonic exploration of land arts, “The Marfa Sessions”, co-founded The Relay Project audio magazine, and is chief wrangler at The Agency League of Musicians, a musician-centered think tank and action network.

Panelists:
Chris Carlson
Interactive Developer/Musician
http://www.modulationindex.com/
carlsonc@ccrma.stanford.edu
@modulationindex
Chris is an interactive developer who designs and builds immersive software and expressive interfaces. His work draws upon a breadth of experience in the areas of interactive audio, mobile music, and physical computing and aims to inspire others to explore and create. Chris holds an MA from Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics and a BS in Physics from James Madison University. Before his master’s, he spent five years leading projects as a scientific consultant in the Washington, DC area.

Sarah Matarazzo
Music Supervisor, Walker
sara@wearewalker.com
http://wearewalker.com/
Sara is the owner of Walker, a music supervision company specializing in music for film, commercials, television, and original content. Her recent feature film projects include Moonrise Kingdom, The Fantastic Mr. Fox and Frances Ha. For fashion designer Issey Miyake, Matarazzo created a musical brand through custom made compilations to be played in retail stores. Prior to starting Walker, Matarazzo ran Search Party West (Randall Poster’s acclaimed firm) and was a music producer at Ogilvy & Mather, New York. She also spent over a decade as a prominent DJ on the international dance music scene.

Steve Rauner
Executive Producer/Partner, NORTH
srauner@north.com
www.north.com
Steve developed the integrated production group at NORTH, has broad experience in brand storytelling and a keen interest in music. Prior to joining NORTH, he worked at Arnold Worldwide, where he led the charge as a producer of branded entertainment, music, television, and interactive programs producing award winning work for Jack Daniel’s global brands, TAG body, Southern Comfort, Ocean Spray, Activision, and Bass Pro Shops. Steve is also an accomplished musician and producer. He has toured internationally and helped developed multiple recording studios and production facilities. Despite the inclusion of his work in Mojo Magazine’s 100 Most Miserable Songs of All Time he is generally an upbeat dude.

Kenya Williams
Acoustic ecologist/Urban planner
http://hushplanning.com/
kenya@hushplanning.com
@hushplanning
Kenya is a Principal with Hush Planning, a Portland, Oregon-based firm specializing in soundscape planning and design, an organization committed to increasing public awareness of and access to healthy soundscapes. Soundscape planning and design is a multidisciplinary field that merges the values and methodologies of city planning, urban design, environmental ecology, acoustics, and public health to preserve existing healthy sonic environments and to reduce the creation of new soundscape pollutants.
Within the discipline of acoustic ecology, Hush Planning is pioneering the integration of soundscape management with urban planning and design working with communities, organizations and government agencies to, among other things, improve, protect, and preserve existing healthy and natural soundscapes.

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