Ele Matelan feature in Chicago Reader

Kerry Reid of the Chicago Reader did an interview with my friend and frequent collaborator, foley artist Ele Matelan. You can read the article here.

Ele Matelan in 2018, rehearsing for Wildclaw Theatre’s 11th Deathscribe festival.
Ele Matelan in 2018, rehearsing for Wildclaw Theatre’s 11th Deathscribe festival
Photo Credit: Joe Griffin

NMASS 2021

Two years ago I went down to Austin, TX to play a set at the New Music Art and Sound Summit with my band, Donny Who Loved Bowling. This year’s summit is virtual and online and such, and DWLB will be part of that – we will be world-premiering a new 30-minute piece, with video accompaniment by Rebecca Ramirez.

Watch and enjoy via:

Saturday, July 24th from 4pm – 7pm

2021 artists include: Joey Reyes & Jordan Willis, Christopher Whitley (with McKenzie Bezic, Julia Dixon, Douglas Friesen, khat knotahaiku, Zach Matteson, Kumiko Sakamoto, Camille Schiess, and Mark Sutherland), Lily Taylor & Sean Miller, Tonya Lyles & Mickey Delp, Juan Alfredo Rios-Rodriguez w/Héctor Tednoir, Erica Saucedo, Chris Payeur, Ciyadh Wells & Matt LaComette, Donny Who Loved Bowling (Joe Griffin and Christopher Petkus) with Cynthia Goosby, Scott Charvet, Andrew Trent, and Rebecca Ramirez.

Spider Pick and Prepared Cigar Box instruments for sale

The third iteration of my Spider Pick noise instrument is now available at my Reverb.com store. This model is painted black and features glow-in-the-dark picks and spiders.

Edit: SOLD!

I’ve also put my Prepared Cigar Box percussion instrument up for sale. This instrument can be played by striking, tapping, or spinning the turntable bearing and caster mounted to the cigar box.

New DWLB album: All Cities Contain Ghosts Vol. 2

One of my ongoing musical projects is a mostly-instrumental, somewhat-experimental, avant-garde-ish duo named Donny Who Loved Bowling. We have just released our tenth full-length album, “All Cities Contain Ghosts Volume Two: Died Chicago.” It’s part of a trilogy of albums we composed during the COVID lockdown, and we’re mighty proud of it.

The album is available from the DWLB Bandcamp page for five dollars.

Rush out now in a downloading frenzy!

New Instruments Page

For the last couple of years I’ve been solving sound design challenges – especially for live work – by constructing instruments that give me the sounds I want to make. These builds are put together from found objects, boxes from thrift stores, various bibs and bobs from surplus stores…all over the place. All of them have a contact microphone, and some also have a preamplifier or onboard effects devices. I’ve put a gallery of them over on my new Instruments page.

Sometimes I put one or two of them up for sale on Reverb.com or my Etsy shop (though there’s nothing there right now). I’ll post an announcement when something goes up!

Superman – Best Parody at Rome Int’l Movie Awards

Congratulations to the crew and cast of “Superman: The Fiendish Machinations of Lex Luthor” for taking home the Best Parody award from the Rome International Movie Awards!

Superman – finalist at Rotterdam Independent Film Fest

Superman: The Fiendish Machinations of Lex Luthor as been selected as a finalist in the Rotterdam Independent Film Festival. Congratulations to crew and cast!

“Strikers” documentary at Sarasota Film Festival

“Strikers” is the second film I’ve worked on with documentary filmmaker Andrea Raby. This wonderful short showcases two teams from a Wii Bowling tournament for assisted living facilities in Illinois.

Shot a couple of years ago, edited and mixed during the COVID lockdown, “Strikers” will have its world premiere at the 2021 Sarasota Film Festival. The festival runs April 30 through May 9.

New Music from DWLB

In addition to being a sound designer, I’m also a musician. One of the projects I’m involved in is the musical group Donny Who Loved Bowling. During the lockdown we’ve been very busy making music, and today we are releasing the first of three albums written and recorded in 2020.

I’m thrilled to announce that “All Cities Contain Ghosts, Volume One: Motherless Child” is now available at our Bandcamp page. The fantastic cover art is by our good friend Jane Font.

More laurels for Superman

“Superman: The Fiendish Machinations of Lex Luthor” by Underhanded Improv was named a finalist in the Vancouver Independent Film Festival, and received the Popular Choice for Narrative Short award at Pixels Garage’s Awards of Excellence!

Did I list one of these already? It’s getting REALLY hard to keep track. Look at all those laurels!

Congratulations to the crew and cast, and to my sound design partner, foley artist Ele Matelan.