Sound & Vision

Wall of Lies

In fall of 2020, in the weeks before the presidential election, I collaborated with visual artist Phil Buehler on the “Wall of Lies,” a 50-foot by 10-foot outdoor mural with the 20,000+ lies told by Donald Trump while in office, documented and fact-checked by The Washington Post. The piece was orginally shown in Bushwick, Brooklyn, […]

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We Want the Airwaves: An Investigation into Pirate and DIY Broadcasting

The following is a radio piece about the state of DIY and pirate radio broadcasting, particularly as it exists in large urban areas like NYC. It explores the history and motivations for DIY broadcasting, examines the migration of DIY broadcasters from the airwaves to the internet, and what effect the recent passage of the Local […]

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NYC Subway Musician

We Are All Underground (ft. Moonshine Shorey)

There’s something that has just always seemed tragically lonely about NYC subway musicians.  Making music is (or seems) to be an inherently social activity – something we do with, and for others – and yet most buskers perform by themselves.  This isn’t unusual of course, there are many people out there who identify as “solo […]

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Scream Symphony #1

At the risk of saying too much about the ‘intent’ of this piece (something I usually steer clear of), I feel as though explaining a bit about how it was constructed might enhance the listening.  When creating Scream Symphony #1, I tried to find screams that were as “authentic” as possible – some of my […]

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Tom Tenney They Call Me Pubefinger

“They Call Me Pubefinger” – A True Story Told in Pop Culture References

Barbie Dolls, Love Story, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, KC & The Sunshine Band, Jaws, Queen (the band), Barry Manilow, Pong, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Google, Woody Woodpecker, Altered States, True Red, Run Lola Run, The Shining, Dead Alive, The Six Million Dollar Man, ET, The Elephant Man, One Got Fat, The […]

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Insane Faces

Off the Grid

Profiles of three of my favorite art stars: Don Eng, John King, and Walter Gambin – ‘outsider’ artists for whom performance serves as a way to navigate their lives.  Special thanks to Reverend Jen for providing some miraculous VO which pulled everything together for me.   As always, I recommend listening with a good set of […]

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Reunion

The prompt for this audio was to create a piece that fit into the theme “Home” as presented on the CD put out by the Deep Wireless Festival.  I chose to document my trip back to Boston, earlier this summer, for my high school reunion at the Cambridge School of Weston.  I had recorded several […]

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railroad tracks

Great Expectations: A Love Story

This piece was created following the Snap Judgement guidelines, with one of the following titles/themes: Great Expectations, The Wizard of Oz,  or Busted.  I chose the first, and wrote a script about my romance with a young German actress back in 1986, based on my journal entries and her letters.  Thanks to Noel Dinneen and […]

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Lies

‘I Didn’t Know That’ – A Collage for Radio

A three-minute sonic collage created almost entirely from appropriated materials, mostly soundtracks from military training and educational films, following the guidelines for the Third Coast Festival Short Docs Challenge.  I’ve included a brief statement of intent below. Statement of Intent: The piece was actually inspired by a Brecht quote about “an inescapable profusion and confusion […]

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Art Stars: The Children of Jack Smith

This is a short, 9-minute microdocumentary that I made last spring for my Art/Core class at the New School.  The basic thesis is that cinema – underground films from the 60’s and 70’s, as well as mainstream cinema – has had an effect on the kinds of work contemporary performance artists in NYC today are […]

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