Palette 0412: Waves

Recently finished co-teaching with Olivia Bradley-Skill at Union Docs called Riding the Wave(forms): Process Oriented audio-creation. The workshop an intensive three days built around the idea that how you listen and the tools you use effect what you end up making (Pro Tools makes you think one way, Reaper another, live radio yet another, etc etc). Anyway, the workshop was sonically themes around waves and the beach so here are a few things we were listening to and thinking about:

And always, I return to this by Johanna Hedva and AM Kanngieser. There are three pieces, all waves and sea.

Soundmap of the Danube by Annea Lockwood paired & Scott Carrier’s Home of the Brave, Green River

Kits Beach Soundwalk (1989) by Hildegard Westerkamp

I’ve also been listening to Elías Merino and Daniel del Río’s Structures for Wave Field Synthesis. structure_1. I get the feeling of being in the hull of an ocean liner listening to wire ropes being pulled apart during a storm. It reminds me of the documentary Leviathan (2012), except if everything was perfectly dry.

structure_1 by Elías Merino & Daniel del Río

and some other things.. in no particular order :

Boulez-Répons by Robert Cahen

Palette 0414 : sounds for humans who are thinking about UFOs

My dad’s a big fan of Art Bell on Coast to Coast AM. We’d listen together when I was a kid. it was my earliest introduction to radio. I liked the ghost stories (I made an early Blind Tourist episode about that) and phantom truck stops. He liked the interviews about string theory and time manipulation. And we both liked tales of UFO sightings – missing time, weird lights, silent machinery.

a few tracks to start …
‣ Monochromes
by Quentin Tolimieri
741hz light drop from Planetary Music by
never die, Klein
æa _o by tal egg
‣ Structure_1 from Structures for Wave Field Synthesis by Elías Merino & Daniel del Río

sketch 0324 “one night” – this is a sketch with some of my own feelings on the topic

The sounds I imagine first are mostly from sci-fi.. synths and beeps and deep saw waves pulsing under trills of stretched and pitched chimes. And I think of bee hives — maybe because of the x-files movie — and car engines suddenly going silent, a radio tuning, the lens cap knocking against the plastic shell of a camcorder.

Mostly though, I think about machinery. Maybe because of interviews like this, maybe because that’s how my dad would speculate about it when I was a kid, maybe because of science fiction, or maybe just because machinery is one of the easiest aspects of UFO sightings to approach.

Machinery that vocalizes ..

Machinery that is inexplicably silent….

Machinery that consumes…

A Scape (2021)

A Scape (2021) is a  collection of moments from my recorded life and travel. It’s a bit like the context of a diary without the substance. Sounds and spaces that captured me, held me and recordings I revisit over and over again. For now, it’s limited to open spaces, spaces with movement, life and (sometimes quiet) action. I may add to it or release another collection of more detailed movements, close ups and voices

Available on bandcamp

A Dreaming Guide to Being Awake (2020)

A short feature teaching and mirroring the experience of lucid dreaming.

Commissioned by People Like Us for the project First Person, Fourth Wall for the Hallwalls Artist-in-residency program: September 11, 2020 – October 23, 2020

Full program archive
A Dreaming Guide to Being Awake archive (WFMU)

A Dreaming Guide to Being Awake

by Adriene | In First Person, Fourth Wall by People Like Us (Vicki Bennett)

Accumulation Over Time (2020)

Accumulation Over Time is a ‘simultaneous-series’ consisting of three audio features that can be played together in duplicate or triplicate, changing the landscape of the piece(s).

Accumulation Over Time was originally commissioned by Constellations audio. And later appeared in LUCIA festival, where a video-based subtitled version was created. The video obscures the subtitles to mirror the text’s obscurity in sound.

Commissioned by Constellations (2020)

Reimagined with video and subtitles for LUCIA festival and Radio Papesse (2020)

selected press for Accumulation Over Time (X,Y,Z)

Interview with Michelle Macklem of Constellations on the creation of Accumulation Over Time, 2020

Named one of the best podcast episodes on 2020 in BelloCollective: Bello100 Top 100 podcast episodes of 2020, Rashika Rao

Accumulation Over Time, rebroadcast and subtitled for LUCIA festival, Radio Papesse, 2021


The Rings of Saturn on The Blind Tourist (2019)

Series within The Blind Tourist interpreting and re-imagining W.G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn through a personal journey across Romania. Collage, found sound, music and reflection.

Find the full series archived on WFMU

Part I : The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald
Part II & III : The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald
Part IV & V : The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald
Part VI : The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald
Part VII & VIII : The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald
Part IX : The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald
Part X / Finale: The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald

selected press for The Rings of Saturn on The Blind Tourist

The Blind Tourist’ Radio Program Does “The Rings of Saturn” 2019


The Blind Tourist (2018-2021)

The Blind Tourist on WFMU (2018-..)

A weekly series on WFMU “.. turning chaos into different chaos” about radio frequencies around the world, travel and a labyrinthian immersion into different ideas. 

selected press for The Blind Tourist

Dinner Parties, Ghost Churches, and 4 More Podcasts Worth Trying by Nicholas Quah in Vulture

Podcast Spotlight: PocketCasts & BelloCollective, 2020

The FM dial: Woke-hop, left factions, freeform, jazz and more, Frequency & Amplitude, 2020


Migraines & Tsunamis (2017)

Migraines & Tsunamis is a reflection on my own experience with debilitating migraines, the cycles of pain, the warning signs and the knowledge that the experience is shared by so many people. It’s a way of surveying these deeply personal experiences that are shared – in isolation – by lots of people in a lot of different situations. 

This piece also appeared on Constellations and aired on WBEZ’s Re:Sound Tsunami Song

selected press for Migraines & Tsunamis

Migraines & Tsunamis, Bello #43: Audio Poems for Sad Robots, BelloCollective, 2017


Istina of a Room (2017)

Istina of a Room, 2017

A feature interpreting spaces and essences through fictionalized descriptions and found recordings. Part truth, part fiction.  Aired on Radiophrenia, 2018

Available on bandcamp