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.
#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.
#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.
Host, sound design, editing: Dave Shaff
Transcription, editing: Nate Tedesco
Story consultant: Emma Scully
Logo design: Michelle Anderson
Synthesizers: Stan Shaff
Trumpet: Dave Shaff
Field recordings of Mission district: Blanca Bercial
Bubbles: Courtesy of Freesound.org
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
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
All sampled beats courtesy of Cairo McCockran
Percussion instruments: Dave Shaff
Recorded drums solos: Cairo McCockran playing with Mean to Me