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Michelle Macklem is a sound designer, mix engineer and artist. She lives and works in Naarm (Melbourne, Australia) as an uninvited settler on the land of the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people, to whom she pays her respect, and pays the rent. Sovereignty was never ceded.

Her work explores how sound is used to create social and political meaning. Using audio as an interlocutor, her work is concerned with the politics of land, voice and atmosphere.

She’s sound designed and mixed for Audible, Wondery, TED Audio Collective and Radiotopia. She sound designed the Audible original podcast Finding Tamika which received many accolades including a duPont-Columbia Journalism Award,  Audible’s ‘Best of the Year’ podcast award, Vulture’s Best True Crime podcasts and was nominated for an Ambie. 

She was the executive producer and co-creator of SBS’s Bad Taste, a podcast series about who we are through the foods we eat. Bad Taste won gold at The Signal Awards, silver at the Australian Podcast Awards and was nominated for a Webby award. She worked as a producer on Australia’s top daily podcast 7AM from 2019 to 2021. Before moving to Australia in 2018, she worked as a producer at the Canadian Broadcasting Corp (CBC) at CBC podcasts where she produced the Webby award-winning podcast The Fridge Light, and Sleepover with Sook-Yin Lee. 

Her audio documentary work has been a NPR 1 One Editors’ Pick, was named as one of Vulture’s Best Podcasts of 2019 and Stereogum’s Best Music Podcasts of 2019. 

She’s co-founder and artistic director of the sound art project and community Constellations.
Constellations has been written up in the New York Times’ “A Beginner’s Guide to Getting Into Podcasts”. She has been interviewed by the BBC, and profiled on the Hot Pod newsletter. In 2018 she presented “The Art of Noise: A history of experimental radio” at the Third Coast International Audio Festival.

She’s currently sound designing and mixing original podcast series for Radiotopia and projects-yet-to-be-announced.

In her non-working hours Michelle enjoys banging on the drums and spending time with her dog, Leya.

© Michelle Macklem 2024