Good news everyone! On June 7th I premiered a new sounds installation at the Valentine Museum. I was supposed to uninstall it June 22nd, but due to popular demand it will remain for at least the rest of the summer! Below is a little preview and artistic statement:
It's Birds is a multi-channel sound installation that takes the sonic sensibilities from Watkins's 2017 music release Respite and both deconstructs and expands its elements into a site specific piece. It utilizes synthesized sounds and heavily processed stringed instruments to maintain a meditative auditory experience while providing it's listeners a different experience depending on their relation to the speakers, and embraces the randomization of un-synchronized audio loops to create an experience that doesn't repeat the same way twice throughout its duration. Lastly it's also a lighthearted sonic jab at the terrifying bird sounds being amplified at the nearby John Marshall Courts Building. It asks: if it's possible to amplify actual bird sounds and cause repulsion, is it possible to amplify synthesized bird sounds and cause bliss?
I am a musician and audio/visual artist living in Richmond, Virginia.
Thank you for listening.
I am an active musician, composer, performer, engineer, designer and carpenter.
You can find me on many stages coaxing any number of sounds out of my homemade electric dulcitar in conjunction with assorted effects, looping mechanisms and sometimes sound reactive video projections.
I also work full time for
Richmond Ballet as A/V supervisor and do freelance theatrical sound and projection design from time to time.