Sound design and mix engineering



Michelle’s reel:

excerpt 1 : Runway scene from Shocking, Heartbreaking, Transformative

excerpt 2: Tilapia montage from The Fridge Light

excerpt 3:  Stars scene from Emu in the Sky

Because The Boss Belongs to Us

iHeart and Molten Heart

You know Bruce Springsteen, but did you know that he is a queer icon? Because The Boss Belongs to Us is a series presented by Jesse Lawson and Holly Casio that uses Bruce Springsteen as a lens through which to explore queer history, identity and politics. Through original reporting, tender personal narratives, and playful, sound-rich surprises, Jesse and Holly go on a journey to not only understand why The Boss low-key resonates with so many queer folks, but also what it even means to idolize a celebrity in this way.

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Who screwed millennials?

The Guardian

Australian millennials are the first generation to be worse off than their parents, and things are only heading in the same direction for gen Z. In this deeply researched yet tongue-in-cheek five-part podcast series, Full Story co-host Jane Lee and social media reporter Matilda Boseley investigate the mystery of who screwed young Australians out of affordable housing, education and secure work, and why inequality is rising in Australia

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Shocking, Heartbreaking, Transformative

Radiotopia

What really happens when stories about people’s lives are collected, edited, and consumed? Radiotopia Presents: Shocking, Heartbreaking,Transformative is a four-part non-fiction series created by Jess Shane, about the nuts and bolts of documentary storytelling, the power dynamics between makers and subjects, and rewriting unwritten rules of the documentary and non-fiction content industry.

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Exposed: Cover-Up at Columbia University

Wondery

He was a trusted OB-GYN working inside one of the most prestigious universities in the world, an Ivy League school that is home to Nobel Prize winners and medical all-stars. Yet behind closed doors, Dr. Robert Hadden assaulted hundreds — perhaps thousands — of unsuspecting patients. When it looked like no one would be held accountable, the survivors engaged in a decade-long fight for justice.

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Awards:
  • duPont-Columbia Journalism award
  • Audible’s ‘Best of the Year’ podcast award
  • Vulture’s Best True Crime podcasts
  • Ambie nomination

Finding Tamika

Audible

“Black girls and women disappear every day, but not without a trace. Join actress and activist Erika Alexander in a neo-noir, true crime drama as she searches for Tamika Huston, a 24-year-old Black woman from Spartanburg, SC who went missing in 2004. Her case became a rallying cry for other missing Black women in America and led to a growing demand to expose a system that ignores missing girls and women of color.”

I was the sound designer for this immersive and high impact project. Working with the Molten Heart team, I collaborated with the composer Chad Kouri and executive producer Jazmine Green to create an approach that valued and respected Tamika Huston’s life through the storytelling and sound world.


Produced by: Audible, Molten Heart, Color Farm Media, SBH Productions

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Frozen Head

Wondery

When 90-year-old Laurence Pilgeram drops dead on the sidewalk outside his condo, you might think that’s the end of his story. But, really, it’s just the beginning. Because Laurence and others like him have signed up to be frozen and brought back to life in the future. And that belief will pull multiple generations of the Pilgeram family into a cryonics soap opera.

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Who Killed Daphne

Wondery

When a car bomb kills Daphne Caruana Galizia on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Malta, the hunt for her killers exposes secrets with consequences that go far beyond its shores. In the aftermath of her death an international team of journalists comes together to continue her work. Along the way they start to uncover clues that might lead to her killers.

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Fed Up

Wondery

When Emily Gellis hears rumors of people suffering horrible side effects from a trendy diet she springs into action. Armed with over a hundred thousand Instagram followers, Emily launches a social media crusade to expose F-Factor and its founder, Tanya Zuckerbrot. It’s the start of a feud that will attract trolls, lawyers, and, eventually, national media all because of fiber. From Wondery, this is a story about wealth, wellness, and influence narrated by Casey Wilson.

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Am I Normal?

TED

In this TED original series, endlessly curious data journalist Mona Chalabi investigates the research behind tricky questions - with the help of creative data visualizations. Do I have enough friends? How accurate is weather reporting? Should it take me this long to get over my ex? And there's a podcast too! To dive deeper into these topics and more, follow Am I Normal? with Mona Chalabi wherever you get your podcasts.

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© Michelle Macklem 2024