15 October 2016

Swimmers aired on the Third Coast International Audio Festival’s podcast Re:sound, episode #227, and was a finalist for the Third Coast ShortDocs competition in 2016.

Swimming is my connection to home. It features field recordings from my hometown, Kelowna; my more recent home on Vancouver Island; and other sonic delights from around the globe, including underwater recordings I made with hydrophones.

Original score and sound design by me, with a short musical contribution by Manual Cinema.

Photo of a girl with arms folded, looking over the beach from a cliff

I’ve been a regular contributor to CBC Spark. Here are some docs I’ve produced for the show. —

‘Reading by Ear’

Ever thought about the history of things like audio books? ‘Reading by Ear’ is a doc I produced for CBC Spark about the history of alternative reading formats – like Talking Books for the blind. I speak with Mara Mills, a professor from NYU, who is doing research on the history of Talking Books; and Shefeka Hashash, who used Talking Books as she was growing up. Talking Books have had a fascinating and forgotten history, especially in terms of how its related to the development of sound production technologies. Effects like Auto-Tune, for example, relate to the history of Talking Books.

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The Line Between Accessory and Assistive Technology

This segment explores how objects like glasses have transitioned from being associated with vision impairment to accessory for many people. And yet, other assistive technologies, like canes or hearing aids, haven’t made a similar transition. I examined how how labelling certain devices as assistive technologies, shapes our assumptions and treatment of the people who use them.

Why are glasses cool, but not hearing aids like this one, decorated with crystals? (Flickr cc/Soichi Yokoyama)