Michael Mersereau


June 5th Audioscapes

Sinking Territories

UnƧightly [Sound Poetry]

Till the Worlds End & The Tiger

Proposed work as accepted for soundpedro 2021:
Sound Study for Suspiria
The full feature of “Suspiria” by Dario Argento, with all sound replaced by similar sound spaces collected in the Bay Area, California and Montreal, Quebec. Each scene in the film is mapped to an aural environment, turning the sound track into a tense soundscape in stark contrast to it’s original assault of music by Goblin. A transformation from terror to a haunting.

UHF Psycho-Memory
“UHF Psycho-Memory” is about my childhood growing up in the suburbs. Back then I would sneak out into the living room to watch horror films late at night. Before I snuck out, my father would watch WWII documentaries before going to bed, and though I didn’t know what it meant, there was often morse code in the documentaries as a signal that you were watching something about war. I always felt those as a haunting monster unable to move its mouth in terror. Falling asleep the sound of the tv and my memories would collide, metamorphosing into strange sonic dreams. 

“UHF Psycho-Memory” takes the footage of old b-film, horror, and Spanish language horror and splices the film into audio cuts made by morse code which tells the story above in sound and text. The video component is on and old CRT color tv, while the sound is played across four speakers in the space. The audio and video itself is done in realtime by the software MaxMSP.

Michael Mersereau (b. 1977) is a media and sound artist based in Oakland, California and Montreal, Canada. Mersereau’s work has been exhibited at institutions and galleries both nationally and internationally such as Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca in Ciudad de Oaxaca, The Diego Rivera Anahuacali Museum in Mexico City, and Maison de la Culture Claude Léveillée in Montreal. Mersereau is faculty at Mills College, and holds an MFA from Mills College and BFA from California College of the Arts.

Artist Location: Oakland, California

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