Tahlequah - Audio Book Sound Design + Original Score

     Here is the pilot episode of Tahlequah, an in-development audiobook adaptation of Sam Beebe's dark and intensely personal novel.  Beebe is an NYU Professor in the Expository Writing Program, and this will be his debut novel + audiobook.

    I engineered the recordings and produced a variety of pieces that fill out my original score - building a spatial, instrumental soundscape that engages with the haunting nature of the story through an ambient and hip-hop-inflected lens and elements of sound design.

 

"The Bells" - Theme Song

     Here is the theme song I made for the project, titled "The Bells."  This theme music opens each episode of the audiobook.  I needed to make something dark and mysterious to fit the project, so I digitally pitched down some samples of bells and used them to create melodic lines that imbue this song with it's ominous color.


The project:

Tahlequah is a literary and musical audio project: A non-fiction narrative performed by its author and characters with an original musical soundscape. It will be released serially, over 8-10 episodes, and afterwards as an audiobook album, followed by the publication of a printed book that would contain additional material, including photos, letters, news articles, and other documents associated with the narrative.


The story:

On August 21st, 1964, in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the author’s father’s mother, Dorothy, died a mysterious, unnatural death. The official story was that she committed suicide by putting her head in the oven, but evidence suggests that she may have been murdered by her second husband, David. Despite the evidence, David was never convicted. Tahlequah is an investigation that attempts to unbury the truth about Dorothy’s death.