Friday, April 19, 2013

Jen Mitlas

Jen Mitlas is a sound designer and composer. Fond of turtles, smoothies, King Crimson, Battle Star Galactica, and Butters from South Park she attributes most of her experience and abilities to her family, hobbies, and being left handed. She grew up in a very active musical family, both parents being professional musicians.  Her father has also been a filmmaker and  a sound/recording engineer for 40+ years. "It was only inevitable for me to find my way to it as an adult." Music, however, is far from this renaissance woman's only gift, photography, linguistics, video games, science fiction literature, and graphic art design being just a few of her other interests. "I’ve always felt I was never good at one thing. I was more a “jack of all trades.”
Jen first learned how to play the Viola at seven years old. It was at this time that she developed the ability to fluidly read music. It was also at this time that the young musician began learning music theory. By the time she was fourteen she was playing electric guitar.While still an avid player, today her focus is music theory and composing with an eye toward experimental, innovative, and cultural music and instruments. With a keen interest in Middle Eastern, West African, and East Asian instruments and music she counts among her biggest inspirations composer Bear McCreary. (This bio was cribbed from Jen's website
And now:

7 Questions with Jen Mitlas:

1. What are your favorite and your least favorite words?
Well, it depends the language! I don't think I have favorite or least favorite words, the English language doesn't have any emotional attachment, negatively or positively with me.

2. What turns you on creatively, spiritually, emotionally? (Answer all or only the ones you choose.)
Talent and humility. Nothing is better when someone is humble in their ways.

3. What is your favorite sound?

I have a lot of favorite sounds! Without a category to put it into, it's hard to say which one is my favorite. One of my favorite iconic sounds is the Dradis radar from Battlestar Galactica.

4. What is the best thing you ever ate?

Ever? I really dig mangos! Are mangos a "thing" though? If they are, then it's the best.

5. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?

Photography without a doubt.

6. What is the strangest thing you have ever done while creating?
Hmm...sometimes I draw scores out in colors and pictures when I'm having trouble expressing what I'm trying to do.

7. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God (or Allah or Yahweh or Odin. Generally the Supreme Being of your choice.) say when you arrive at the pearly gates?

Not sure!

Brilliant! Thanks Jen!
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