On August 25th 2012, I played a small part in the event entitled “The Art of Sound in San Diego” at the newly non-profit Space 4 Art. I was invited by one of Space for Art’s residents and UCSD Music Department doctoral candidate Chris Warren to volunteer. At this event I mixed sound for the installations inside the venue’s gallery including Jason Ponce‘s Primal Screen, a video piece from Berglind Tómasdóttir and Christian Kjeldsen’s Collided Collapse among others. Managing a set time schedule around the event’s “pop-up performances” proved to be a difficult yet rewarding task. Each piece had a unique set of technology that was required, from iPad to make-shift video booths to Wii remotes. In the end the experience was one of the most valued and inspiring I have yet to be a part of.
In the spring of 2012 I signed on to manage online content for ADDO, UCSD’s largest student run art show, which was held over May 29th thru May 31st in Price Center’s East Ballroom. Little did I know that in a matter of a few short weeks my title would be changed from online content editor to “producer” as I got further involved with the organization of the event. This new title that was bestowed upon me required working with a team of about five core members to distribute tasks and make decisions regarding the event.
The Universal Language Orchestra is a collaboration between University of San Diego California’s Music Department and the Spring Valley Community Center in Spring Valley, CA. ULO provides non-traditional music making and instrument building to students from the ages 6 to 12 most with little to no previous music experience. My participation began when I was approached by Adam Tinkle and Joe Mariglio who led the ULO sessions with volunteers from within UCSD like myself.