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 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.

In March 2017, I started my latest project, Chantmagick. Chantmagick is a music video channel dedicated to original instrumental music with vocal harmonies. I begin by creating a vibrant sound layer using recording software or playing guitar or piano. Then I chant / sing over this layer, often multiple times until the vocals and the underlying layer fit together right.

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.

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