GEAR UP Speaker Series

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2022 at 5pm
Chloe Alexandra Thompson, Interdisciplinary Artist & Sound Designer
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Manitoba Music is celebrating International Women’s Day throughout the month of March with the launch of a new three-part speaker series: GEAR UP (Gender Equity in Audio Recording and Music Production). 

Women have been massively underrepresented in the audio production world, making up only 2% of all producing positions across the 2020 Billboard Hot 100 songs, according to The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative’s 2021 report. Women and non-binary people working in music production – and particularly BIPOC producers and engineers  – face substantial barriers to participation and a lack of opportunities for mentorship, experience, and career growth. 

Featuring prominent women engineers and producers, the virtual speaker series aims to create connections with aspiring women and non-binary audio engineers and producers and established professionals alike, and build awareness of the issues in the music community through discussion of career journeys, creative and business mentorship, and lived experiences. The GEAR UP Speaker Series is made possible by the support of FACTOR and Manitoba Film & Music.

About the Speaker

Chloe Alexandra Thompson is a Cree, Canadian, interdisciplinary artist and sound designer. Her work engages tactics of material minimalism to create site-specific installations that sculpt droning, maximalist experiences out of space and sound. Using audio programming software, acoustical and processed instruments, Thompson’s works lure audiences into a state of equilibrium, filling rooms with discrete frequencies that engage physical and auditory sensation.

Thompson’s work often utilizes multi-channel audio or high-density loudspeaker arrays. She has been presented by MUTEK Montreal, Send + Receive Festival, and Quiet City (Canada); British Council Arts and Somerset House for Amplify DIA (UK) ; CTM Berlin, Hellerau (DE); Qubit (NY); On the Boards, Wayward Concert Series (WA); Subharmonic: Sonic Arts Symposium - PICA, Unity Gain: High Density Loudspeaker Array, Disjecta, Yale Union, Variform Gallery (OR), among others. She has presented in collaborations for The Kitchen, Danspace, and Lincoln Center (NY); The Cube at Virginia Tech (VA); Krannert Arts Center (IL); NYU Abu Dhabi (UAE); The Wiltern (CA); Out of Sight (WA); Converge45, Disjecta, SIX for Subharmonic, and PICA T:BA Festival 2016 and 2017 (OR).

Thompson has lectured and facilitated workshops as a part of the ASU’s Art Media and Engineering Digital Culture Speaker Series, Berklee School of Music Power Station, Time Based Art Festival (PICA with Tanya Tagaq), NYU ITP, NYU Abu Dhabi, Subharmonic: Sonic Arts Symposium (PICA with France Jobin), PNCA, PSU, Open Signal, and home school (OR). She has published works with Art in America, among others.

Thompson has participated in residencies at Pioneer Works (NY); HERVISIONS x Arebyte AOS residency (UK), and the Amplify residency in collaboration with Somerset House and MUTEK (UK). In January 2021, Cycling ‘74, announced Thompson as one of the first Max Certified Trainers.

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