Melissa Pons
I am a field recordist and I record slow. What is that, you might ask? Whenever I set into a new location/object the cultural context is taken in account. I like the idea of understanding a new place trough not only its geography but by its history and culture and how it is perceived by its people. Usually I study and research these factors deeply but let the soundscape take me by surprise. I thrive on the feeling of newness and of experiencing things for the first time. A place is unequivocally linked to how people form their identities and from this link all aspects of life, including culture, are deeply rooted and in constant transformation. I like to take this knowledgeable and unique approach to each setting and feel there is so much more to learn this way. Thus, each field recording trip brings interesting stories that combined with my own experience create unique soundscapes and this is what I end up to bringing to you. I come from a background of music and sound design and have in fact worked over six years in the scandinavian and portuguese industry. I still love sound design and feel at home in certain projects; after all, providing voice to a story through sound I create is my passion. I had however disconnected from most industrial egotistical environments I have encountered and nowadays I’m only working with meaningful projects. My main interests orbit around anthropology, forests, culture and social justice. For each project a part of the profit made goes back to the institutions or communities that support much needed causes and that welcomed and guided me. I want to make the world a better place and this is a very direct way to do it although I can only do it with your help too.

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