Visual / Media

Here’s a bio in third person, specifically about my work in audio, music and media:

In the fields of audio, film, video and multimedia, Cathryn Hrudicka began working professionally at the Music Annex (now Annex Digital)—Department of Multimedia Services, as an apprentice Sound Designer, in 1996. In 1998, she began working with multiple Academy Award winning Sound Designer and Rerecording Mixer, Randy Thom (now Director of Sound), at Skywalker Sound, Film Director George Lucas’ audio post-production facility in Marin County, California, and at Ear Circus, Randy Thom’s own audio production company, formerly located in Sausalito. In the past few years, Cathryn has assisted several noted sound directors, audio producers, film directors and other media colleagues with sound design projects that have included work on feature films, documentaries, animated video, National Public Radio productions, multimedia and game soundtracks, and other sound art projects. A complete list is available upon request.

Cathryn is also emerging as a media composer and counts noted film composers Mark Isham and Marco d’Ambrosio among her mentors, as well as jazz composer Art Lande, composer Pauline Oliveros, composers/sound artists Pamela Z and Donald Swearingen, and multidisiciplinary composer, choreographer, director and filmmaker Meredith Monk. She is or has been a member of the Film Music Network, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Women’s Audio Mission, and the International Alliance for Women in Music.

In 1998, Cathryn graduated from the Multimedia Studies Program, and served as a Teaching Assistant, at San Francisco State University, where she specialized in audio, video and interactive scriptwriting, as well as producing and project management.

Some of her projects in the late 1990s-early 2000s included the design and development of an “Arts Adventures Virtual Tours” web site prototype, and a prototype for a Monterey Bay Aquarium CD-ROM, an educational project. Cathryn worked on each of these projects as a team member, developing concepts, ideas, and co-writing the design documents, as well as making other design contributions.

In 1992, Ms. Hrudicka founded and continues to serve as Board President of Millennium Arts Consortium, a creating, presenting, educational and cultural exchange organization in the arts. The Consortium is planning a media arts program that includes the development of new sound art and interdisciplinary media projects. In 1995, she premiered her first digitally edited and processed interdisciplinary soundwork, with astronomical slides from Yerkes Observatory, called “Einstein and Buddha in Glory,” at The Lab in San Francisco, the first in what has become a series of sound art pieces.

She has designed and worked on production for a multimedia piece featuring an off-the-beaten-path, immersive tour of Cairo and other Middle Eastern locations, utilizing new 3-D sound technologies, streaming video, and interviews with government censored, experimental Egyptian writers and performing artists. The audio/visual material is based on ambient binaural recordings, photographs and video shot in Egypt when she participated in the Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre as Executive Director of SOON 3, an innovative visual theatre company based in San Francisco. She worked with SOON 3 from 1992-1996.

In the mid-1990s, Cathryn also worked as Sound Designer and Assistant Project Manager for a CD-ROM produced by MuseInteractive in San Francisco, which teaches multicultural poetry to young people, a project implemented in cooperation with California Poets in the Schools. Additionally, she served as a design team curator for WorldWide Art, Inc., the world’s first collaborative digital “art studio,” a web site where artists of various disciplines could add layers of collaborative art works to the site, creating a virtual “gallery” and “library.”

Currently, Cathryn Hrudicka continues her work in film, video, sound and multimedia, and she is also working on mixed media visual collages, 3-D assemblages, and found object sculptures, including two ceramic and concrete “tripping stone” pieces for her garden. She is exploring collaborating with several noted sculptors on “sound sculptures” and installations. For her own enjoyment, she continues to develop her interests in photography, drawing, painting, architecture, interior and landscape design. For more information, email Cathryn Hrudicka.

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