I’m very honored to have contributed an original track to the Monsoon Mixtape, a collaboration between artist Alex! Jimenez and Tucson Water that started with community submissions of monsoon field recordings. I was one of 6 producers to incorporate the sounds into a composition.
On Friday June 24th at 7pm, Tucson Water invites you to the Santa Cruz Sound Experience: Calling the Rain Through Sound! This immersive art installation will feature live mixing of monsoon audio by DJ Dirtyverbs and video animations by Alex! Jimenez in observance of Día de San Juan, celebrating our summer rains. The event will be held on the west bank of the Santa Cruz River Park underneath the Cushing Street Bridge, one night only!
At 8pm the event will also celebrate the release of the Monsoon Mixtape, a new compilation of original songs by local artists incorporating rain audio recorded last summer. Featured musicians include Chezale, Karima Walker, Pineross, KP Madman, Mattea and Cazo. The Mixtape, commissioned and organized by Alex!, is available on Tucson Water’s YouTube Channel as a playlist.
Red Herring Puppets is an incredible puppet company based here in Tucson. Our first big collaboration was for the All Souls Procession in November 2021. I recorded, arranged, and mixed the music for Three Sisters, an original song by Red Herring in which each sister represents birth, life, and death. Lisa Sturz, the head puppeteer, lent me a 100 year old bowl back mandolin which can be heard in the arrangement. We recently just finished recording the soundtrack for Red Herring’s original show UGLY, which debuted in March 2022.
Video game collaboration I produced a cover of Melanie’s “Brand New Key” with my good pal Sharkk Heartt and she turned it into a video game. Download and play here – https://rubixsqube.itch.io/brand-new-key
My partner Eric Prather and I completed our artist in residency at Great Sand Dunes National Park in October, 2019. Whispering Sand, a solar powered surround sound installation, was set up at the Visitors Center where guests would pour sand into amplified funnels that created a surreal sonic experience. We were recently featured on Colorado Public Radio talking about the experience, and the music composition, SANDBOX I, that was born out of the residency.
My friend Zach Wolfson is the mastermind behind Beyond the Gallery, an independent, award-nominated documentary web series that includes 55 episodes across 5 seasons in 22 cities (so far). We sat down to talk about collaboration, creativity, and the amazing phenomenon of sound. Check out the full series here.