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Electronic & Multimedia Artist

Alexa Raquel Casciato

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To gain experience and further my knowledge base in a community of artists. Contribute my work and apply my unique research and talents to my community. Collaborate and work with other artists and professionals.

INTENT To create inspirational electronic and multimedia artwork. Evoke emotion through my own passionmade art. Donate my talents and time through community-based art programs. Expand my current skill set and talents through continued and supported study and research. Learn the electrical and technical components behind electronic art to broaden my range of artistic possibilities. Design audience-interactive multimedia art instatllations.

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ALEXA RAQUEL CASCIATO Personal Statement

PHONE 412 334 7977 EMAIL alexa.raquel.media@gmail.com ADDRESS

700 5th Street, Apt. 22 Oakmont, PA 15139

Personal Statement + Bio

When I was four, my mother walked into my bedroom to find me painting and listening to classical music. This early childhood memory is still an accurate reflection of myself today… a musician and artist from the beginning. I fell in love with music at a young age; I grew up listening to everything from classical and classic Pink Floyd to the Beastie Boys and Bob Marley. Unable to afford piano lessons, I taught myself and later started recording my own music when I was in 9th grade (2000). My high school peers new me as a musician and artist, and as a result, I was awarded “Most Artistic” my senior year. Upon graduating from high school in 2004, I attended one year at Boston University with the intent of studying music journalism. However, I was too passionate about music just to write about it. In the fall of 2005, I attended Berklee College of Music in the Music Production and Engineering program. Entering the school, I tested out of the required first level music technology course and moved right into a MIDI Systems course. Though Berklee’s education was fascinating, I did not stay due to financial restrictions. All the while, my mother got a job at Chatham University, thus offering free tuition and a create-your-own-major program. Chatham University was a blessing to my music career. At Chatham, I double majored in Forensics (a more “world-reliable” subject which interested me) and my self-created major, Electronic Music and Media. I wrote a proposal for my major and put together the curriculum and a list of books for study for the program. I had the major approved by my advisors and Chatham University, and my music courses from Berklee were transferred. In this capacity, I took responsibility for my education, studied film theory, engaged in a private piano and voice lesson, and composed music for film and designed sound as art. Recently, I have been starting to delve into animation and film work as well as composing music and editing audio for film. In 2008, my first self-created animation, “Hole Heartedly” (2007), was awarded “Best in Show” at Chatham University’s 2nd Annual Student Art Exhibition. As part of my senior tutorial project at Chatham University (December 2008), I created a multimedia art installation, “Battle of the Bandwidth,” featuring music and audio, film, and both studio and digital art. In this capacity, I designed and installed the entire crime scene, filmed and edited the video work, graphically designed flyers and stickers, and set up Internet blogs. All of this information was documented in an extensive written thesis portfolio. In 2008, my CD “For Your Days of Gray” was accepted for distribution at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. “For Your Days of Gray” is my first full-length, continuous-play album so far. I refer to this CD as an album, because each song flows into the next and every song has the same theme—reviving hope in everyday life through music. I consider this album to be a piece of art, as I do all of my music, because artistically, I consider myself to be a music and sound artist first and foremost. Every part of my music has a specific role, from the instrumentation and the chords to the timing and the length. I enjoy making music in which the instruments sing for me and emotion is felt. Because I love evoking emotion in my listener through my music, I have always been fascinated by the combination of music and digital media (such as installations and film). Most of my audio experience has come from my at-home recording. Since 2000, I have composed, recorded, and mastered all of my music on my own. In the summer of 2008, I had the opportunity to further my recording skill set by working at Camp Woodward. As Recording Studio Manager, I assisted and supervised campers and staff members in instrument set up, music mixing, and recording. Later that year, I was brought on at North Way as an Electronic Music and Multimedia Intern. In this role, I have taken on responsibilities including videographer, production assistant, film editor, recording studio mixer, audio editor, composer, and music supervisor. As a member of North Way, I decided to give back to the community by becoming a mentor


ALEXA RAQUEL CASCIATO

PHONE 412 334 7977 EMAIL alexa.raquel.media@gmail.com ADDRESS

700 5th Street, Apt. 22 Oakmont, PA 15139

Personal Statement

through Family Guidance. Both North Way and Camp Woodward have increased my passion for the arts and community. I take pleasure in teaching others, especially the youth. A long-term dream of mine is to create a safe-haven for children to learn and practice art. I call this project “Artcadia.” Artcadia is inspired by my passion for the arts and the little girl (Laura) that I had mentored. Laura was a beautiful, quiet nine-year-old girl when I first met her. As time went on and I developed a relationship with her as someone with whom she could talk openly, I realized how much creativity lay behind this girl’s eyes. She wanted to make artwork, dance, and create in any area she saw an opening. But that was the problem: the opening, or the opportunity better yet, was not always available. Laura came from a very rough neighborhood where kids were considered to be “at risk.” Drive by shootings occurred right near Laura’s bus stop, kids got pummeled in the halls, and a lot of the children lived with guardians, unaware of who their real parents were. Laura’s guardians could not afford to provide her with the ballet lessons she so desired, nor was there much of a budget for art supplies. Also during this time, schools around the nation began cutting art programs to allow more money to fund areas and subjects within the school that would scrutinize test scores thus providing the school with more or less of a budget. The natural creativity of children everywhere was being stifled. As for me, I have always considered myself an artist in many forms: painter, poet, musician, designer, actor, dancer, and filmmaker. I always wanted piano lessons, but it just couldn’t fit into my family’s budget, and I came from a very privileged school district. My question was, “If someone middle-class like me can’t even afford to tend to my passion for art and my creativity, how are other middle-class kids and especially lower-class kids going to be able to afford this?” I have always believed that when we are born, we are all born with immense amounts of creativity. Where this creativity goes is based on how it is nurtured and stimulated. I want to provide a source with which to awaken, activate, stimulate, and nurture the natural creativity bestowed upon each one of us at birth. In addition to this desire to teach, I have the desire to disseminate ideas and communication forms through art. I am a strong communicator, and out of a love for communicating, I have created an independent, grassroots online Zine called “Sandwich Zine” (www.sandwichzine.com). Technically, this position requires much motivation, organization, self-management, and fluency in Microsoft Office and Adobe’s Creative Suite. As editor, I identify the strengths in those around me, gather them together, and create an amazingly strong-knit group of artists. Creating such groups of collaboration energizes me, and I look forward to any opportunity I have to gather such groups of people together. I embrace the opportunity to create ensembles and collaborate with other artists, and I hope to elaborate upon my collaborative musical endeavors by creating music for films and doing sound design. I currently compose and produce music for films and documentaries created by some of my peers. Most notably and recently, I created music for Camp Woodward’s action sports video, “Colony of Summer,” and Pittsburgh’s Neighborhood Narratives short, “What Green Could Be.” Creating music for films and multimedia projects is inspiring to me, because the artists with whom I work are inspirational in and of themselves. I would love to further explore the areas of video and animation, sound design, and installation work. I am especially interested in the relationship formed between the visual and the auditory, the use of space and sound in regards to art installations, and the psychological and emotional responses triggered by sound design


ALEXA RAQUEL CASCIATO

PHONE 412 334 7977 EMAIL alexa.raquel.media@gmail.com ADDRESS

700 5th Street, Apt. 22 Oakmont, PA 15139

and music. In my undergraduate years, I touched upon the relationship among multimedia art, the media, and consumerism, and I would love to delve even deeper into these relationships through research, study, theory, and application. I desire to address such issues as technology’s pros and cons in the 21st century as well as societies’ means of distribution and how different people have different access to art and the creation of art. I realize that such research is imperative in order for one to be able to adapt, change, and transform technology in order to change daily life for the better. I hope to incorporate community-based projects that inspire creativity and give more people access to creating art. I respect innovative environments and intellectually restless communities as well as a practical and passionate application in the real world. I have an insatiable passion for wisdom and creative knowledge with the intent to bring about an improved quality of life through unconventional means. Whether through study groups, electronic music and multimedia ensembles, or volunteering and teaching, I desire to be part of a diverse, eclectic group of artists and to serve the communities around me. I welcome the opportunity to study, perform research, and continue to broaden my knowledge base and experience. I hope you find my portfolio of music/audio projects and my video projects to be enjoyable. Thank you so much for your time and consideration! Sincerely,

Alexa Raquel Casciato


ALEXA RAQUEL CASCIATO

PHONE 412 334 7977 EMAIL alexa.raquel.media@gmail.com ADDRESS

700 5th Street, Apt. 22 Oakmont, PA 15139

.:EDUCATION:. Schoolhouse Yoga:

Yoga Teaching Certification 200 RYT, December 2009

School of Natural Healing:

Family Herbalist Certification, May 2009

Chatham University:

Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, December 2008 Double Major: Electronic Music & Media; Forensics

Berklee College of Music:

Music Production and general music courses, Fall 2005

Boston University:

General education, Fall 2004 Spring 2005

.:WORK EXPERIENCE:.

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G20 Summit Pittsburgh Production Assistant (Pittsburgh, PA) September 2009 •

Assist the production managers and team from pre-production to post-production and transmission

Organize the distribution and tracking of walkies and production apparel

Pick up and deliver packages and run errands getting needed supplies for office and production crew

Coordinate and communicate production resources and arrangements with production managers (i.e. budgets, catering/craft services, schedule, monitoring expenses)

Conduct research and complete all necessary paperwork in relation to the above tasks

Sandwich Zine (www.sandwichzine.com) Creator, Editor, & Contributor (Pittsburgh, PA) December 2008 - Present •

Gather contributors, keep all contributors up-to-date and in correspondence

Assemble Zine, distribute, market, publicize

Manage online Zine, contributors, contributions, advertisements, emails, etc.

Contribute written and visual works as well as provide editing where needed

Cultivate arena for contributors to share ideas and plan events and future progression of the zine

North Way Community (Wexford, PA) Electronic Music & Multimedia Intern November 2008 – July 2009 •

Brainstorm projects and take ideas from paper to finished project

Collaborate with coworkers setting up film shoots, videography, control boom and audio recording for multimedia presentations

Edit video and audio for sermons, events, marketing, DVDs, and commercials/advertising

Control audio “sweetening” and editing for films and animations

Record, mix, and master music/audio as well as provide music supervision for projects

Volunteer Mentor Summer 2006– Summer 2007 •

Mentored and developed a friendship with a young girl from Helen Faison Academy of the Arts

Attended Mentor Training as well as Diversity Training held in conjunction with North Way and Family Guidances’ Learning and Mentoring Program (L.A.M.P.)

Planned and coordinated events with my mentee and her family as well as the L.A.M.P. program


PHONE 412 334 7977

ALEXA RAQUEL CASCIATO

EMAIL alexa.raquel.media@gmail.com ADDRESS

700 5th Street, Apt. 22 Oakmont, PA 15139

.:WORK EXPERIENCE (continued):. Camp Woodward (Woodward, PA) Recording Studio Manager & Audio Engineer: June 2008 – August 2008 •

Run and manage recording studio at action sports camp Woodward

Coordinate music instrument rentals and set up for talent show

Facilitate campers and staff as they play the instruments

Set up, record, and engineer recording sessions with ProTools-based system

Assist youth and staff with instruments and set up as well as some basic recording tips and techniques

Apple (Pittsburgh, PA) November 2007 – June 2008 Concierge: •

Greet customers with a warm welcome and direct them to the appropriate place within the store.

Set up appointment times for customers and manage the traffic flow within the store

GYO Creative: •

Facilitate One-to-One sessions with customers on how to get more out of their computers and programs

Teach customers how to use their computer and programs, catering to each customer’s individual needs

Chatham University (Pittsburgh, PA) Column Writer for Communiqué Spring 2007 – December 2008 •

Research/write articles for “Women in Music” column in Chatham’s Communiqué publication

Supervise self and work on tight deadlines

Graduate Student Ambassador January 2006 – January 2008 •

Work as database assistant working in database entry, spreadsheets, and mailings

Campus tour guide for prospective students and parents

Broadcast Studio Assistant August 2007 – December 2007 •

Working in the broadcast studio assisting students with video cameras, equipment, and programs

Help with signing out and checking in equipment while monitoring the use of studio

.:LINKS to FILM COMPOSITION WORKS (all music composed by Alexa Raquel Casciato) :. Alexa Raquel Official Self-Designed Website :: www.alexaraquel.com Alexa Raquel Media on YouTube (2009) :: www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQUKoKM4v7k “Stream of Consciousness” (2009) :: www.vimeo.com/3797374 “Confessions” (2009) :: www.vimeo.com/1403102 “What Green Could Be” (2008) :: www.vimeo.com/6171151 “Shred or Die” (2008) :: www.shredordie.com/videos/af251440f8/woodwardevan-smith-while-they-sleep-from-woodwardcamp


ALEXA RAQUEL CASCIATO

PHONE 412 334 7977 EMAIL alexa.raquel.media@gmail.com ADDRESS

700 5th Street, Apt. 22 Oakmont, PA 15139

.:FILM, MUSIC, & MULTIMEDIA EXPERIENCE:. Production/Video Production Assistant for G20 Summit Pittsburgh

September 2009 2009

Videographer for Health Horizons’ Testimonial Video North Way Internship

2008-2009

Videographer for Battle of the Bandwidth College Tutorial Project

2008

Videographer for Short Film Series for Film Production Course

2008

Hole Heartedly Animation *awarded Best In Show at Chatham’s 2 Art Exhibition nd

2007

Audio Production/Editing: Boom Operator, Audio Editor, and Composer : 48- Hour Film Festival short film

2009

Boom Operator, Audio Editor, & Asst. PA : Vector/Guardian Security Freelance Video

2009

Battle of the Bandwidth College Tutorial Project

2008

Assistant Audio Editor for Point Park Short Film

2008

Audio Production Assistant for The Allegheny Front Radio Station

2006

Film Composer: Chatham University Online Video Series

2009

Julie Mink’s Confessions

2009

Julie Mink’s Stream of Consciousness

2009

Battle of the Bandwidth College Tutorial Project

2008

Jessica Jade Jacob’s Grindhogs’ Day

2008

“48-hour Film Contest” Channel 138

2008

“Neighborhood Narratives Presents”… What Green Could Be

2008

Camp Woodward’s Colony of Summer 13

2008

League of Young Voters Voter Information Project

2008

Lauren DePaulo’s A Cycle of Chainge

2008

Julie Mink’s Tardigrades Documentary

2007

Timothy Hall’s Graduate Media Project

2007

Solco W.P. Schuit’s New Amsterdam

2007

Lauren DePaulo’s Agany

2007

Music Production/Engineering: Bricolage

2010

Songs for Rachael

2010

Dear John,

Released August 2009

Bitter-Enders’ Engagements

Released August 2009

For Your Days of Gray ; accepted for distribution at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

Released May 2008


PHONE 412 334 7977

+ Technology + The Media + Consumerism =

EMAIL alexa.raquel.media@gmail.com

+he Battle of the Bandwidth by Alexa Raquel Casciato

Before reading on, STOP and check out the technologies surrounding you currently. Take a minute to realize how techno-saturated your world is at this point in time... Now I’d like to comment on that saturation. I’d like to question the idea of art for art’s sake and what happened to that creative motive. These days, anyone can make a song and post it on myspace, make a video and put it on youtube. Caught up in this techno-reality, I am beginning to question my role in this battle of the bandwidth, a battle we fight (or flight) everyday. Newer technologies are marketed by the media as needed and often result in the “killing off” or replacement of old technologies.


PHONE 412 334 7977

a Call for the Technology Conscious Consumer

EMAIL alexa.raquel.media@gmail.com

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Culture, technology, and media all rest in

+ consumer The Media + Consumerism =

the hands of the user--the

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and every person is a consumer in one way or another. The conscious consumer is the person buying these technologies, yet aware of his/her own power over the technologies themselves. The conscious consumer, I propose, is aware of the media’s effect, as well as aware of his/her own effect on the media. Conscious consumers own the power that they can at anytime turn off the media and turn off their televisions . They are aware of their choices; they can choose between products A, B, C, or they create their own product Z. This state of consciousness is necessary for any type of revolution, reform, or change. However, consciousness itself is not always revolutionary. For example, one can be a conscious consumer--aware of the power of consumption and aware of the choices--and one can still choose to take in that which the media feeds. At least at this point, the user is aware of his/her consumption, decisions, and the effects that these decisions may have on the culture.

The media plays off of human desires and needs; however, the conscious consumer must be aware of such ploys and marketing tactics. The way in which the media wins over one’s attention is by playing off insecurities. Does the consumer feel unloved? Sell her love in a diamond ring. Does the consumer feel powerless or weak? Sell him power in a large SUV or oversized home. Granted some technologies fit one’s lifestyle of passions and creativity (i.e., a compact audio recorder and player for the musical pioneer), one must find the line between need, want, and desire. Just because it is a desire or a want, does not mean one must give into the compulsion to consume.

The reality is this: By putting down money in exchange for a manufactured good, one is, as a consumer, buying into the technology, and in turn, is demanding further production of the technology as well as the future creation of similar technologies. The real question here is: does one really need these technologies?

Lets strive to maintain and create technologies that create closer, more intimate societies. As consumers, we have more power than we may think. Realize this power, become a conscious consumer, and act accordingly. Copyright 2009

a Resolution Conclusion

Technology is only as strong as its user; therefore, the conscious consumer must know his or her selling point. One must define his/her values and moral standings and thus draw lines form fitting to these standards in order to keep oneself from over-consumption. Weighing the pros and cons of a piece of technology or a consumer good, the conscious consumer makes the decision to buy or not. Consumers simply have to view their values and decide on the influence they want to have upon the future. Societies must ponder how helpful new technologies really are before continuing to allow their production and before furthering the creation of future technological developments. The questions to be answered must be answered both as a collective society and as an individual. Since there are pros and cons to everything, how beneficial are certain technologies to one’s lifestyle, to culture, and to society. Do the pros outweigh the cons and to what extent? Which technologies should thus be avoided? Furthermore, society, as well as the conscious consumer as an individual, must evaluate its motives. What is the motive behind the technology? Is it a benevolent motive? Does the inventor intend to help society or just oneself by adding praise to his/ or her name? Similarly, buyers of technology must answer their own set of questions. As a consumer, does one wish to use the technology for good, in order to benefit oneself in a productive manner? Are these digital, technological arts art for art’s sake or in order to get one’s voice heard or just to promote or popularize someone or something? Are we as consumers buying products because we find the products to be beneficial and fitting to our society, culture, and morals? Or are we just plain simply bored? Are we looking for the next best thing, that which we have never before seen, in order to humor us, to keep us company, to keep us amused? Do such technologies divide us as community-derived humans? Taking cellular phones as an example, do they isolate us further or do they bring us closer as a society?


ALEXA RAQUEL CASCIATO

PHONE 412 334 7977 EMAIL alexa.raquel.media@gmail.com ADDRESS

700 5th Street, Apt. 22 Oakmont, PA 15139


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