Lynn McGee is the author of the poetry collections Tracks (Broadstone Books, 2019), Sober Cooking (Spuyten Duyvil Press, 2016), and two award-winning poetry chapbooks: Heirloom Bulldog (Bright Hill Press, 2015), and Bonanza (Slapering Hol Press, 1997). She lives and bike rides as much as possible in the Bronx, New York. Below are pieces from the ongoing collaboration between Lynn McGee and Bill Parod in poetry soundtracks.
Poems and readings by Lynn McGee
Soundtracks by Bill Parod
Artwork by Teresa Parod
My Seven-Season Friendship with a Russian Spy
My Seven-Season Friendship with a Russian Spy was published in Atticus Review in March 2020. The poem — inspired by The Americans, a spy thriller series set in the 1980s and which features two Soviet KGB officers posing as an American married couple — is from Lynn McGee's manuscript that blends personal narrative with the themes of film and streaming series, The TV in the Other Room. The soundtrack is scored for strings, brass, synth bass, and a variety of field recordings from personal collections and freesound.org. Russian language segments were created using Google Translate and Amazon Poly.
Tracks is the title poem from Lynn McGee's 2019 book of poetry published by Broadstone Books. Reading by Lynn McGee. Composition, keyboard, and field recordings by Bill Parod. Percussion by I Gusti Ngurah Kertayuda.
Who I Was Before We Met
Who I Was Before We Met was published in The Night Heron Barks in Fall 2020. The soundtrack is made entirely from violin sounds. Poem and reading by Lynn McGee. Composition, violins, and software by Bill Parod.
Bioluminescence Can Be Ours
Bioluminescence Can Be Ours was published in Atticus Review in January 2021. Poem and reading by Lynn McGee. Composition, violins, basses, field recordings, and software by Bill Parod.
Balinese Shadow Puppet Theater
I Gusti Ngurah Kertayuda is one of Bali's most respected master dancers and director of Indonesian Dance of Illinois. His charismatic performances have been well received throughout Asia, Europe, and the United States. A graduate of the National Performing Arts Institute (KOKAR) in Denpasar, Indonesia, he is well versed in the many forms of traditional dance and music from Indonesia.
Mr. Kertayuda is also Balinese Wayang Kulit Dalang - a master of Balinese shadow puppetry. He performs shadow puppet characters, spoken and sung in Sanskrit from the epic poetry of The Mahabharata and The Ramayana. 'Pak Ngurah recorded the individual instrumental parts with Alex Inglizian at Experimental Sound Studio in early 2020. We are preparing the effects soundtrack and spatial mix for multichannel performance at Elastic Arts, Chicago after COVID vaccination is common, hopefully in late 2021.