The film is part of Firelight Media, Center for Asian American Media, and PBS’s Homegrown Future Visions collection, featuring communities and stories from the Midwest. All of the films involved will be debuting together at the screening in Cleveland.
Because the show is about the printing of Shakespeare’s First Folio, I get to construct the sound of a 1623 printing press! Something I love about theatre sound design is the research aspect of it, and learning about seventeenth-century printing technology has been a tonne of fun.
This involves a bunch of music from the 1600s, so I’m brushing up my faux-lute chops and also doing some flute playing. Fortunately for all concerned, I’ve also got Chicago woodwinds master Airan Wright on board, and he’s carrying most of the woodwindy weight…because as a flute player, I’m a pretty stellar guitarist!
The show also features my brother Tim, so it’s a family project! See you at the theater!
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.
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.
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.
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!