The People's Microphony Camerata

The People’s Microphony Camerata (PMC) was an experimental choir in Los Angeles exploring the emergent phenomena of the People’s Microphone (Mic) and ideas of radical receptivity through sound, voice, and the body.

The People’s Microphony Camerata (PMC) choir, active in 2012, expored the emergent phenomena of the People’s Microphone (Mic), a technology used in resistance movements worldwide including the Occupy Wall Street movement. Through ideas and practices of the People’s Mic, the PMC expresses interrelated desires of collective and individual voices to speak and be heard, to hear our own sounds sung back through different mouths, and to incorporate other voices and sounds into and through our own bodies.

The PMC was founded in the spring of 2012 by Elana Mann and Juliana Snapper who were investigating ideas of radical receptivity through sound, voice, and the body, and researching the groundbreaking deep listening techniques of Pauline Oliveros.

PMC members included: Alanna Simone, Allison Johnson, Andrea Sáenz, Andrew Choate, Annette Weisser, Becca Wilson, Cynthia Paige Aaron, Elana Mann, Emily Mast, Jen Hofer, Juliana Snapper, Julie Tolentino, Karen Atkinson, Kimberly Kim, Marjan Vayghan, Michele Jaquis, Paul Carpenter, Rachel Finkelstein, Sascha Goldhor, and Vivian Bang.

The PMC performing "Sob <--> Laugh" by Daniel Goode at the "Chalkupy" protest in downtown Los Angeles, 2012
The PMC performing "Body Packing" by Jenny Donovan at For Your Art, Los Angeles, CA, 2012
The PMC performing "Teach Yourself to Fly" by Pauline Oliveros, 2012
The PMC performing "The Sound Inside Us Yet Unspoken" by Sascha Goldhor, 2012
The PMC performing "Body Packing" by Jenny Donovan, with Michele Jaquis' interpretation, at the Last Bookstore, Los Angeles, CA, 2012
The PMC performing "Body Packing" by Jenny Donovan, with Alanna Simone's interpretation at the Last Bookstore, Los Angeles, CA, 2012
The PMC performing "Body Packing" by Jenny Donovan, with Elana Mann & Julie Tolentino's interpretation at the Last Bookstore, Los Angeles, CA, 2012
The PMC performing "Body Packing" by Jenny Donovan, with Elana Mann & Julie Tolentino's interpretation at the Last Bookstore, Los Angeles, CA, 2012
The PMC performing "Body Packing" by Jenny Donovan, with Elana Mann & Julie Tolentino's interpretation at the Last Bookstore, Los Angeles, CA, 2012