Hello and welcome!
I am a field recordist and I record slow while questioning much.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 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 bringing to you. Lately I began questioning my own presence and my right to record nature and I have been spending more time listening than recording. My latest posts talk about that more in depth and I introduce you to my one-year long project in Portugal.
I am self-taught in sound design which is a big part of my life as well, mostly in projects that are meaningful.
My main interests orbit around anthropology, environment, 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 had welcomed and guided me. I want to make the world a better place and this is a very direct way to do it although this can only happen with your help too.
If you feel you this resonates with you somehow, please consider leaving a contribution on my Ko-Fi page.
At the moment, I am working on a field recording album recorded in a tiny village in Alentejo, Portugal. I’ll reveal more about this as things unfold because it’s going to be a little extra this time.
Meanwhile, you can listen and purchase it my work for your own price on my bandcamp page. This helps me immensely to continue bringing meaningful field recordings to you.
Would you like to work together or commission field recording from me? Contact me through my mail: melissapons gmail.com
I’m looking forward to hear from you!