Just Listen: Van Nuys, California

This entire area is just strange. “Burbank?” “I never eat in Burbank.” An airport hotel. Vast stretches of that specific nothingness of Inner California. Over the hill from the precious people and not far enough out to be nature. Meat … Read More

Just Listen: San Francisco, Bay Waves

This place is so much about the surrounding water. This water is foreboding. This water takes what it wants. San Francisco surprised me at first, coming from years in Southern California. San Francisco isn’t LA, isn’t ANYTHING LA. San Francisco … Read More

Just Listen: San Francisco, Singer

These streets are littered with performers. San Francisco is one of those places that breeds creativity but also unpredictability. Music binds us as human beings. Just another case in point.

Just Listen: San Francisco, Metal Gate

Kent and I doing what we do. Wander. Shoot. Record. The city seems endless when you work this way. No story, sometimes drawn by light or moments and other times by echoes, punctuations or announcements. We should be so fortunate … Read More

Just Listen: San Francisco, Blue Angels

Fleet Week. Mixed emotions. Some vent their hate while others stand and marvel. What I take from this is the miracle of the machines and the skill of the pilots. I view from high above the city and my mind … Read More

Just Listen: San Francisco, Jackhammer

A friend calls “Hey, a friend of a friend is having a party at the top of such and such a building.” I leave a seminar early to make it. These perspectives give you the real idea of what cities … Read More

Just Listen: San Francisco, Drain

Water always makes for interesting work, both in stills and audio. There is something about shorelines and harbors that are near and dear to my heart. When traveling I find myself walking endless miles along these intersections of where our … Read More

Just Listen: San Francisco Ventilation

Downtown areas are dead zones of crushed ambient, room-tone nothingness. Our brains teach us to block it out, but when you listen for it you just can’t believe how much noise there really is. Downtown San Francisco is no different.

Just Listen: San Francisco Sidewalk

San Francisco is such an interesting city, but a city you walk with your eyes open. I think you can tell a lot about a city by how many foreign tourists are there. When I ask foreigners about the United … Read More

Just Listen: Pojoaque, New Mexico

An adobe wall. Something so simple yet so profound in an era of instant, stucco nonsense we call progress. Weathered, worn and alive. Truly alive. Inside above the table are the bells. You can FEEL these bells. They are equally … Read More

Just Listen: Downtown Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles is a wasteland of concrete and commerce. “Can’t help you man, this a big place,” a guy says as I try to find parking. This place isn’t meant for humans no matter how much marketing is applied. … Read More