Michelle Macklem

sound designer, mix engineer and artist


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Hi! I’m a sound designer, mix engineer and artist. I live and work in Naarm (Melbourne, Australia) as an uninvited settler on the unceded land of the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people, to whom I pay my respects and my rent. Sovereignty was never ceded.

Using audio as an interlocutor, my work is concerned with the politics of land, voice and atmosphere. My work uses sound – stars and stone, hands and wings, tables and trees – as a connective tissue between our bodies and the environment.

I’m a sound designer and mix engineer for podcasts. I’ve sound designed, mixed and produced audio work for Audible, BBC, CBC, ABC RN, NPR and TED. I worked as a producer on Australia’s top daily podcast 7AM from 2019 to 2021. Before moving to Australia in 2018, I worked as a producer at the Canadian Broadcasting Corp at CBC podcasts where I produced the Webby award-winning podcast The Fridge Light, and Sleepover with Sook-Yin Lee. I’m the co-founder and artistic director of the sound art project and community Constellations.

My podcast 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. My work with Constellations has been written up in the New York Times’ “A Beginner’s Guide to Getting Into Podcasts”. I’ve been interviewed by the BBC, and profiled on Hot Pod. In 2018 I presented “The Art of Noise: A history of experimental radio” at the Third Coast International Audio Festival.

I regularly sound design and mix for podcasts including the BBC, NPR, CBC, Broadwave and TED Audio Collective.


- Pro Tools 2021.3
- Reaper 6.34
- Ableton Live 11
- RX8 Advanced by Izotope

Post Production Equipment:

- 6301N Active Monitors
- Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO headphones
- RME Babyface Audio Interface

Say hello or get in touch about a sound design and/ or mix engineering commission here.