COVID-19 has caused incredible pain and struggle in the arts world.  Host Dave Shaff seeks to discover how we can move forward and create a better future for creators. How can we create art in isolation? How do we bring people together through social distance?

Audium Listens features Bay Area artists in conversation about how they have been affected by the crisis. Learn how they are responding, pivoting and growing amid the intense emotion of the times.

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#1 Looking Ahead: Stan Shaff
Audium co-founder and spatial sound pioneer Stan Shaff uses lessons from his past to contemplate a better future for the arts during the crisis.

#2 Sound and Silence: Blanca Bercial
Can you hear me? Sound artist and academic Blanca Bercial shows us how listening to the sounds in-between sounds can help us reimagine our cities and our relationships to each other. Learn more about her work at blancabercial.com.

#3 Musician’s Struggle: Jean Yaste
The struggle is real; musicians are out of gigs, money and motivation. Jean Yaste, leader of the band Future Twin, gives us insight on these issues from her experience as an artist and housing activist during this crisis. Find more  of Jean’s music at futuretwin.com.

#4 Creating Change: Jacintha Charles
Jacintha Charles shares her experiences in the Singaporean and American film industries. Learn how she supports other women in film and how COVID and BLM are shaping her craft. Find out more about her work at jacinthacharles.com. Also featuring the cinematic music of Holly Mead

#5 Channeling Your Ancestors: Cairo McCockran
How do you master the art of the zoom gig? Musician and educator Cairo McCockran drops some insight; topics range from being a black musician in the age of BLM, an ambitious plan for a “Musician Corps,” and how to stay inspired during dark times. Connect and listen to more of Cairo on his instagram.

 

Credits:

Host, sound design, editing: Dave Shaff

Transcription, editing: Nate Tedesco

Story consultant: Emma Scully

Logo design: Michelle Anderson

 

Sounds:

Ep 1: 

Synthesizers: Stan Shaff

Trumpet: Dave Shaff

Ep. 2: 

Field recordings of Mission district: Blanca Bercial

Bubbles: Courtesy of Freesound.org

Ep. 3:

All music tracks: used courtesy of Future Twin off the album Suffer No Fools

Grand piano: Ben Slater 

Musician asking for tips: Aaron Leese

“Creating, production & publishing” sounds from Freesound.org

Ep. 4:

Cinematic music courtesy of The Gift film and Holly Mead

Punjabi Religious hymn, ‘spanner’ and zip sounds: Freesound.org

Thumb harp, film set, protest & riot sounds: Dave Shaff

Ep. 5:

All sampled beats courtesy of Cairo McCockran

Percussion instruments: Dave Shaff

Recorded drums solos: Cairo McCockran playing with Mean to Me