Michelle Macklem

sound designer, mix engineer and artist
“There Is Space For You Here [Remember]”
For Wheeler Centre’s Signal Boost 2021
Featuring Lia Stark
Mixing help from Atticus Bastow
Special thanks to Maddy Macquine for commissioning

Crafted entirely from fragments of discarded words, mouth sounds and breaths, There Is Space For You Here [Remember] explores the spaces we dispose of in the editing process. All sounds are rooted in land, even when we try and remove that context through studios and closets and duvets, our soundscapes and field recordings and voiceovers are complicit in the act of colonisation, in the process of capturing and taking. I’m interested in ways we can recognize this and have more conversations about audio recording and the politics of land and voice. In making this piece, I acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land. I recorded this audio on the lands of the Bunurong Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung peoples of the Eastern Kulin Nation. I pay respect to their Elders past, present and emerging and acknowledge that Aboriginal Australians have one of the oldest storytelling cultures and ties to land in the world. It was stolen by white settlers and the struggles for decolonization of this land continue. It always was and always will be Aboriginal land.

For a while I’ve been interested in working with the sounds we edit out in the process of making podcasts , the clicks and pops. Deleted words. Erased breaths. So I made a piece, a bit of a song if you will, all from bits of space that had been thrown away during a particular recording session. I’ve been questioning what makes a voice ‘listenable’ and how to subvert the process of ‘cleaning and polishing’, using those extraneous bits to make something completely new, sparkly and fun.

“Resonant Bodies”Curator
Exhibition featuring comissioned works by Cheldon Paterson, Phoebe Wang, Kaija Siirala, Aliya Pabani, Jon Tjhia, Chandra Melting Tallow
Supported by the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council 

Resonant Bodies is an online exhibition about the sonic reflections between bodies and their environments, and an extension of a physical exhibition which took place at the Toronto Media Arts Centre from August 11-17th, 2019. More information about the physical exhibition here. I was the curator of the 

The online exhibition consists of 6 new Constellations episodes, featuring new works by participating artists Aliya Pabani, Chandra Melting Tallow, Cheldon Paterson, Kaija Siirala, Jon Tjhia, and Phoebe Wang. Episodes were  released weekly on our podcast feed and online between October 25th and December 2nd, 2019. 

I curated Resonant Bodies and produced it alongside Aliya Pabani and Jess Shane.