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Hello and welcome to my sound blog! Make yourself at home while I will try to get you to know me in some words…

I am driven by sounds. I am not quite sure exactly how and when this happened but it’s here in me somehow. I started as sound recordist and sound editor on a few short-film for friends. Between infinite readings of inspiring literature and science, film watching and nature trekking, I keep conjuring many ideas and exploring different approaches to sound from a practical and cultural point of view.

From 2014 to 2019 I lived in Stockholm to work in the Scandinavian film industry. I am now back at the geographic base in Portugal preparing for a period of nomadic life where I will be doing many recordings.

In general, I like learning about physics, history, science and music, run in the forest and ride the bike. I watch films (ah!). The most recent was The Two Popes.

In general, this site aims to cover a bunch of matters, from sound film impressions to ideas about field recording. Above all, it is a personal insight.

You can listen to  my recordings and essay compositions on SoundCloud and contribute to my field recording work at my artist’s page on bandcamp.

For a better navigation on this blog, I recommend browsing in the Categories menu on the left.

Want to work together? Drop a question or a comment? Have a suggestion for me to write? I´d love to hear from you!


21 responses to “About

  1. Hi Melissa! I really appreciate the passion you put down in words. It’s contagious! Keep up with the great blog and the shameless show off 🙂
    From Lisboa, Vasco

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  3. Hey!
    I found your blog when googeling the basics of sound design. (completely lost in how all of this works) I’m a visual artis with bad ears, or, maybe until now I’ve been too occupied with looking that I just missed out of remembering and cherishing sounds. For long now I just felt a bit distressed when it comes to my own video works and sound, and actually I think it took me over a year to understand that this is what is missing.
    Anyways, I read your post on field recording in Stockholm, as an swede living abroad i completely agree with your analasys of cities and sounds. Well, I’ll keep on reading! And I hope you’ll keep on writing.

    • Hi! Thank you for your comment and for taking your time to read this blog. It feels that there is something missing in many video works but not everyone realises what it is. I could recommend you the book Sound Design by David Sonnenschein (http://tinyurl.com/jmmu6rn) if you´d like to dig further into this. See you!

  4. Hi Melissa,
    I’ve just read Paul Virostek’s profile piece about you and found this blog for the first time. You have some really interesting articles, and I look forward to following your activity!

    I was also interested to read that you’re from Porto, as I was there for a holiday last week. It’s a beautiful city and I managed to make a small quantity of binaural recordings while I was there.

    All the best.

    • Hi, Ollie! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your comment and reading the blog. There will be some development in the content this year, some of it soon. What a coincidence you have been in Porto! Do you have your recordings online? It would be so interesting to listen.

  5. Exellent! I’ve subscribed to your RSS feed so I’ll follow your updates as they come.

    I’ve uploaded the recordings to Soundcloud and will be publishing them over the next few weeks I think. I didn’t make very many this time as I was with a group of friends for most of the trip.

  6. Hi Melissa! I came across with your website and I’ve been stunned with all the information you have written here! I’m trying to introduce myself in this field (I’ve studied audiovisual communication and worked as a video editor for some years) but this is really what I feel like doing all my life. Could you give me some advice to start doing it?

    Great job!

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  8. Have you thought about setting up a Patreon site? You have lots of knowledge to share and if you created a Patreon account with a few levels you could share that knowledge with an interested community and gain some regular monthly income. It’s worth looking – I’ve supported various creators this way.

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