SIP - SoundLAB Interview Project

Burt-Wintonic, Mira

Mira Burt-Wintonic
is a Canadia soundartist

  • artist biography
  • example of soundart


    Interview: 10 questions

    1. When did you start making music, what is/was your motivation
    to do it?

    I began making sound and radio during my first year of
    University. I was inspired by sound designers like Walter Murch
    and local musicians like Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and wanted
    to take part in what I was beginning to realize is an extremely
    powerful and sneaky medium.

    2. Tell me something about your living environment and the
    musical education.

    I live in Montreal, Quebec, which is a very lively city. There
    are so many music festivals and collectives here to enjoy. My
    musical education consists of about 8 years at the McGill
    conservatory playing classical , technical equipment or tools
    you use?

    I record on minidisk or DAT and then edit in protools.

    6. What are the chances of New Media for the music production in
    general and you personally?

    I always like putting my finished pieces up on the web and I
    often use sounds I’ve found online in my pieces, so I think
    there is great collaborative potential for new media and sound

    7. How about producing and financing your musical productions?

    So far, I’ve had very small budgets and have paid for everything
    out of my own funding… I haven’t yet had the opportunity to be

    8. Do you work individually as a musician/soundartist or in a
    group or collaborative? If you have experience in both, what is
    the difference, what do you prefer?

    I tend to work individually, though I also love collaborating on
    film and video projects, or with musicians. I like to have
    complete control over my projects so I somtimes prefer working
    alone, but working with other people, especially visual artists
    can be extremely rewarding.

    9. Is there any group, composer, style or movement which has a
    lasting influence on making music?

    I’ve been influenced in some way by all kinds of sounds and
    storytelling…Godspeed You! Black Emperor, David Lynch, Walter
    Murch, Jonathan Goldstein, etc.

    10. What are your future plans or dreams as a soundartist or

    I’d like to keep working on sound design and radio docs and
    soundscapes in any way possible.

  • Can works of yours experienced online besides on SoundLAB?