Audium Listens III is here!

Meet Audium’s artists-in-residence, learn about their work and discover their process designing a fully-immersive work at Audium.

Hosted by Ollie Mills —-> 

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Season 3

Danishta Rivero

Danishta Rivero is a “creature with many tendrils.” In this episode, she discusses her multidimensional artistic practice, while diving into her composition “Heretical Voicings.” Danishta reflects on her deep awareness of humanity’s connection to the earth, a recurring theme in her embodied practice and improvisational explorations with modular synth technology. 

Learn more about Danishta here.

Featuring Dantishta’s music, including two collaborations: Voicehandler (w/ Jacob Felix Heule) and Las Susicas (w/ Alexandra Buschman-Román).

View the episode’s transcript here. 

Makana Muanga

Makana Muanga explores his artistic evolution and his time at Audium, driven by his quest for societal connection and community-building. Through his piece, “Kukusanyika Pamoja,” he pushes his audience to “see each others’ spirits”, emphasizing the importance of communal bonds in today’s fragmented society.

View the episode’s transcript here. 

Roco Córdova

Roco explores the intersection between the Puerto Rican and Palestinian struggles for liberation. Through their art, Roco aims to evoke emotional responses and provoke action, drawing parallels between shared colonial histories and divergent lived experiences.

More info on the Free Palestine movement: AROC, Palestinian Youth Movment & PCRF

View the episode’s transcript here. 

Season 2

Ronald Peabody
In this episode, Ronald (aka Angelnumber 8) goes deep into learning and life as an Audium resident. Hear about his approach to play and storytelling at Audium, how he nourishes his own creative fire, and how much he’s learned from the other residents during his time at the theater of sound.
View the episode’s transcript here. 

Alex Abalos
Find out more about Alex’s history in the Bay Area experimental music scene and how he’s designed a new composition using the “punk rock” spirit of Audium. Alex will also drop some knowledge about the inspiration for his work, The Fall of the I Hotel, a documentary that chronicles an activist movement around the demise of a Filipino housing project in the 1980’s.
View the episode’s transcript here. 

Sharmi Basu
Sound artist Sharmi Basu (they/them) explains their path from political organizing to queer brown punk noise. Learn about their practice of decolonizing sound and the complexity of care work in their communities. Sharmi’s sound composition, Care is a Sinkhole, tells the story of a society reliant on caseworkers for its most marginalized people in crisis.
View the episode’s transcript here. 

Season 1

Season 1 of Audium Listens features Bay Area artists in conversation during 2020-21 about how they were affected by the Covid-19 crisis. Learn how they responded, pivoted and grew amid the intense emotion of the times. Hosted by Dave Shaff.

Pamela Z
For some people, life seemed to come to a standstill during COVID. Not multimedia artist Pamela Z, she’s “wading knee-deep in punishing deadlines.” Hear about Pamela’s impressive history with music and art, her adaptation to online performances, and her thoughts on the intensity of the past year. Find more of her work at and hear her new album here. View the episode’s transcript here.

David Möschler
Many orchestras are being reborn post-COVID. David Möschler’s Awesome Orchestra was already breaking apart classical traditions before the pandemic- no auditions, free beer, & outdoor rehearsals to name a few. But now, with new revelations around equity and inclusion, even the most non-traditional of orchestras must contemplate change. View the episode’s transcript here.

Mark Sabb
As we appear to be coming out of the worst days of the pandemic, it’s time to start asking the big questions. Mark Sabb helps us throw up a mirror to see who we are and how the Bay has changed for artists and arts institutions. Learn about Mark’s work as a digital artist, founder of Felt Zine, and digital content strategist for the Museum of the African Diaspora. Find more of Mark here, and check out this episode’s featured musicians Dev Moore & Jawn Diego. View the transcript here.

Scott Shigeoka
We’ve all heard that there are two Americas now: Us & Them. Storyteller creative Scott Shigeoka is trying to change that. Hear their story of coming out as queer, writing for the Washington Post and organizing music festivals. All this informs their current work creating opportunities for dialogue with “the other side” of the political and social divide. Check out Scott’s work at And view the transcript here.

Mia Feuer
We reflect on the tumult of 2020 with sculptor and CCA professor Mia Feuer. Mia takes us deep into her research and art around climate change.  We discuss motherhood during COVID, careerism, and how to change with a changing planet. Find out more about Mia at This episode’s background music is by Nate TedescoSee the transcript here.

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. See the transcript here.

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 Also featuring the cinematic music of Holly Mead. See the transcript here.

Jean Jeanie
The struggle is real; musicians are out of gigs, money and motivation. Jean Jeanie, 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 See the transcript here.

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 See the transcript here.

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. See the transcipt here.

Season 3 Credits:

Host, sound design, editing: Ollie Mills

Story consultant: Dave Shaff


Ep 1: All music courtesy of Danishta Rivero, Voicehandler, & Las Suscias

Ep 2: All music courtesy of by Makana Muanga

Ep 3: All music courtesy of Roco Córdova

 Season 2 Credits:

Host, sound design, editing: Carlino Cuono

Story consultant: Dave Shaff

Transcription: Odin Rosado


Ep 1: All music courtesy of Ronald Peabody

Ep 2: All music courtesy of by Alex Abalos

Ep 3: All music courtesy of Sharmi Basu


Season 1 Credits:

Host, sound design, editing: Dave Shaff

Voice editor, music & sound design: Nate Tedesco

Story consultant: Emma Scully

Logo design: Michelle Anderson

Final Transcription: Odin Rosado


Ep 1:

Synthesizers: Stan Shaff

Trumpet: Dave Shaff

Ep. 2:

Field recordings of Mission district: Blanca Bercial

Bubbles: Courtesy of

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

Ep. 4:

Cinematic music courtesy of The Gift film and Holly Mead

Punjabi Religious hymn, ‘spanner’ and zip sounds:

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


 Guitar background music: Nate Tedesco

bird, Palestinian protesters, styrofoam : Dave Shaff

glacier calving, cash register, bell ringing, baby noise:

xylophones, extraction machine, bells, police and construction sounds, lion roaring: Stan Shaff

arctic ice: Courtesy of Mia Feuer


All background music & sounds composed and recorded by

Dave Shaff except:

(opening and closing theme originally composed for Miikka Skaffari’s short plant film.)

Tapping sound: Ryan Elizabeth Reid

Group singing “Didn’t He Ramble”: Percussion workshop led by Aaron Kierbel

Ep. 8:

Background music:

Dev Moore – Valley Prayer

Dev Moore – Stank Aquarium Date

Dev Moore – Aye Mama

ChrisHK – City Fair

Jawn Diego – Dreams

Dev Moore – Find A Way

Jawn Diego – Guap

Dev Moore – Oh Yeah

Sound Effects by Nate Tedesco

Ep: 9:

All background music courtesy of the Awesome Orchestra

Ep 10:

All background music courtesy of Pamela Z.