Megan Hattie Stahl
- Portland, OR
- Brooklyn, NY
Contact Megan Hattie
Megan Hattie is available forProduction: Field producing, field recording, vox pops, tape syncs, interviews, and audio editing. I can work in the Pacific Northwest or New York City metro areas or maybe beyond!
Teaching: I developed and taught a 6-week place-based audio storytelling and oral history interviewing workshop for youth in 2023. I would love to bring this workshop to more students around the world with any interested nonprofit partners.
About Megan Hattie
I am a documentary artist and educator based between Oregon and New York City. I use audio and new media to produce place-based experiences and documentaries, often investigating musical histories, realities and possibilities. My interdisciplinary work draws from the fields of social practice, archival research, psychogeography, music theory and memory activism. I will receive my MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College during the Spring 2024 semester.
I was a 2022-23 Social Practice CUNY Actionist Fellow, a Mellon Foundation-funded initiative for socially-engaged artists. During the summer of 2023, I developed and led Bronx Audio Tour, a summer work-based learning internship for high school youth with a triple focus on place, audio production and community engagement. I have taught in the Film and Media department at Hunter College CUNY. My practice is informed by my past lives as a DIY filmmaker, French immersion preschool teacher, community radio host and standup comedian. In my twenties, I spent three years living in Paris, France, and speak French fluently.
My projects are often produced in collaboration with communities around me and presented outside of traditional venues of audience experience. I love to create asynchronous listening experiences for people to develop subconscious associations between the places we go and what we’ve heard there. Essential to my practice is not only the production of works, but assuring accessible opportunities for the public to experience them through release events and guided walks.
Megan Hattie's Portfolio
This one-mile GPS-triggered audio tour explores the musical history of Portland, Oregon's Albina district and was produced in collaboration with archivist Bobby Smith and his initiative Albina Music Trust. Hosted on the ECHOES mobile application, the walk comprises nine short audio documentaries which play automatically at their associated locations. Tour stops include historic soul venues and community hubs, from the ritzy Cotton Club to the gritty Fred’s Place and teen club the 7 of Diamonds. Locally, it's no secret Albina has changed enormously in recent decades. Urban renewal projects and gentrification have led to displacement of Black residents and fracturing of tight-knit communities. Through rare digitized musical recordings and new interviews with those who sang, played, and partied there, the Albina Soul Walk tries to not only communicate what went on at these spots during the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, but to interrogate why they're no longer there, honoring the toll decades of "progress" have taken on this community.
The walk has been streamed over 1000 times to date and is still available free of charge. Albina Music Trust received the 2021 President’s Award from Travel Portland largely thanks to the project. In 2022, the walk was named one of “10 Reasons to Visit Portland, Oregon This Spring” by Forbes Travel. In addition to producing, I also coordinated a PR campaign and planned numerous events related to the project.
An interactive, geolocated sound map exploring youth experiences in New York City’s public spaces. In response to an open call, 15 participants submitted short place-based memories from between the ages of 15 and 24. These audio stories were eligible for awards in four categories, as voted on by a jury of artists and academics working in sound, social practice and geography. A selection of entries were installed as QR codes for a solo exhibition for the month of June 2023 at Dweebs Café in Brooklyn, NY.
- Tape Syncs
- Social Media
- Scrubbing and Audio Editing
- Logistics and Coordination
- Field Recording
- Field Producing
- Audio Engineering
- RØDE NTG2
- Zoom h4N Pro
- Adobe Audition, Hindenburg