Monica Rodriguez

Image description: A candid black and white photo of Monica, a large bodied white latinx queer human, on a film set. Monica stands in the center of the frame wearing headphones. There are metal folding chairs and assorted lighting equipment scattered behind them. They are looking away from the camera and have one hand curled under their chin, pensive and listening. Their other arm is extended forward, angling a boom microphone toward the camera. (Photo by Daniel Gardner)

Monica Rodriguez is a New York City-based sound recordist and sound designer. Their creative pursuits range from singing to audio recording to post-production sound manipulation.

As a sound recordist, Monica has worked with brands such as Teen Vogue and National Geographic and recorded films such as the Sundance 2020 official selection Danny’s Girl. They thoughtfully edit, design, and mix post-production soundscapes for films and episodic works, including the web-series Dependence and the short film Song and Grace.

Monica first collaborated with iele paloumpis as choral singer in evolutions of iele’s dance work Oceanic End in 2016. While in process for In place of catastrophe, a clear night sky, Monica began exploring modes of audio description. With rehearsals facilitated by iele and in collaboration with Marielys Burgos-Meléndez and the cast, Monica is developing a voice and perspective on audio description using kinesthetic empathy, speech, poetics, and vocalization. Together, Monica and Marielys explore a shared language based on trust, intimacy, and a willingness to explore intuition and psychic landscapes.

Monica is a graduate of the Sonic Arts Center at The City College of New York with a BFA in Music and Audio Technology. They studied voice under Nadine Carey and Kathleen Webber.

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