In our weekend reading: Elizabeth Hand on Leena Krohn’s fiction; new writing from Mensah Demary, Helen Rosner, Megan Stielstra, and Lincoln Michel; and more.
“I Think Of Myself As Listening Together With All the Other Possible Listeners”: Talking Sonic Exploration With Roarke Menzies
One sunny, spring afternoon about five years ago, Roarke Menzies, a composer, sound artist and longtime Brooklyn neighbor, showed up at my apartment with a laptop, a microphone and a small army of audio pedals. It was the first time we’d hung out and I wasn’t totally sure what to expect. I’d asked him to contribute a theme to a radioplay I was writing. And after listening to a portion of the script, Roarke launched into a captivating vocal improvisation […]