photo of Marilyn McNeal on a tractor in West OaklandMy name is Marilyn McNeal, and I am a musician and electronic music producer working on experimental roots music, sound art and electronica. I am just starting a new series of music videos exploring chanting and self healing. Please click on the red "subscribe" button to support my work at YouTube!

I love making dance music and atmospheric soundtracks that weave together acoustically and digitally generated sounds. I incorporate everything from simple chanting and body rhythm to street noises and digitally synthesized sound.

As a sound artist, I am curious about how acoustically generated sound can be merged with digitally composed audio. What happens when the handmade comes into contact with digital tools and tactics? Can the old and the new play well together? If so, how?

As an instrument maker, I am interested in exploring how common materials like cardboard, plastic, tin and wire can create and amplify sound. I like the idea that tuning systems do not have to be fixed and that the instruments I make may change over time.

As a musician, I play blues piano, fiddle, ukulele, wooden flute and spoons. I also make my own folk instruments out of cardboard boxes, coffee cans, cookie tins, plastic water bottles, sticks, wire and string.