Morgan – Audio Maverick

Radio is my first creative passion.

When I was in Jr. high I had a little portable radio. When everybody else was sleeping, I would to sneak the radio into bed with me. I would turn it on and hear crackling and as I put the toggled the dial into place. Sometimes KUOW, sometimes “the Buzz”, sometimes KIRO. These were my first attempts to understand politics, news, and my place in the world.

One night I called in, scared stiff, to offer my perspective about graffiti. My argument was what you would expect from a thirteen year old boy. It was confused and timid but also had a glimmer of truth. The host was kind in rebutting me. He disagreed with me, offered me a different perspective. I came away feeling included, like I had something valid to say and that I was a part of the discourse.

That’s where my love of radio started.

I produced and wrote an audio walking tour of the UW campus. This is the segment about the Suzzallo Reading Room.

This segment from Morgan's Martini Hour was a colloboration with Seattle comedian Paul Barach.

This was a sound identity for the Seattle Globalist, a daily online publication.

My Skills

Recording

In 1999 I got a tape four-track and a microphone for my birthday. I’ve been recording sound in one way or another since then. If you want to talk about microphones and preamps and how they might be used in different situations, let me know. I can record in studio and location for a variety of contexts; film, radio, and audio storytelling using shotgun, hypercardioid, lav, and studio mics. My favorite microphones are the AKG414, Oktava MK 012, RE 320, and Blue Bluebird.

Interviewing and Editing

Content is Khaleesi and it doesn't matter how beautifully something is recording or mixed if no one wants to hear it. I've interviewed dozens of people about a whole universe of things, including very personal stories from their lives, current events, and of course, their jobs in documentary, news, and marketing contexts. I’m especially interested in stories. I have a specific method of interviewing I call “interviewing for the edit” which focuses on story beats. This brings the editing process into the interview so you can be sure you have what you need before you leave.

Mixing Audio

Mixing audio is my favorite creative thing to do. It’s the easiest way for me to find the “flow” state. At home, I use Ableton Live because I like the interface and it’s very transparent. I’ve done major projects in Audition, Cubase, Digital Performer, and Reaper. I’m familiar with any number of effects, from compression, reverb, and EQ to creative effects like grain filters, flanging, amp emulation, and multi-tap echo.

Selected Audio Works