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Recording Payday Millionaire in a church gym

Hi, my name is Pietro Sammarco. I'm a sound producer with a wide variety of skills which help filmmakers, podcasters, musicians, and visual artists deepen the meaning of their work.

I design sound and compose music for moving images

I record bands in their favourite places

I craft stories by editing hours of interviews

I create dimensional sonic textures and ambiences for podcasts

I collect sounds from the real world

I host unforgettable karaoke experiences

I do this in and around Vancouver, located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceeded territories of many indigenous peoples including but not limited to the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

I'm also love teaching audio production. I design workshops and have mentored for a wide range of organizations, including VIVO, the Western Front, the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, and when serving as Resident Audio Expert for the the Vancouver Public Library's Inspiration Lab. I'm the Education Coordinator at VIVO Media Arts Centre, where I get grants to carry out mentorships that I've conceived and organized in collaboration with local media instructors.

I'm also co-editor of Spoox Audiozine; was a member of local performance art group Norma; toured extensively as a trombonist with They Shoot Horses, Don't They?; and performed Balinese inspired music with Gamelan Bike Bike. I served as a director with The Safe Amplification Site Society, a non-profit venue dedicated to music for people of all ages.

I graduated from the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University, combining the fields of soundscape composition and media education, studying with Barry Truax and Stuart Poyntz. My SSHRC funded Master's project explored the recording studio’s public role, and how pedagogy might encourage it by focusing on the social meanings and material possibilities of “waste.”

I received a Bachelor in Media Arts from the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design.

I also attended the Audio Engineering Work-Study Program at the Banff Centre, recording classical, jazz, and some folk music.

Pippo was the dog I grew up with. He taught me important things about sound, listening, and communication.