volumes

a personal music anthology

Volumes explores a personal music history and the memories associated with those sounds. Music over the course of our lives influences us in more ways than we often realize — relationships, visceral experiences, paths of academic interest, activism and creativity are all aspects of my life that have been tuned by music.

It’s been a revelation for me to reflect back on those experiences, how I discovered bands, and simply to reminisce with the impact that music has had on my life.

This project started as a means for reflection on my perspective as a designer and creative, retracing my personal history and what influencers played the biggest role. One night I was working in my living room and my husband, Alex was browsing Spotify and saw his little sister’s feed and she was listening to some of the old pop-punk bands from our adolescence and we just started to reminisce. For me: old band t-shirts, ex-boyfriends, the body-surfing roads not taken, cruising around Denton listening to music, shows in the back of a friend’s family restaurant, shows at the Yellow House, the all-ages shows that changed my world, and the musical paths that lead to those moments — and the experiences that would follow.
To dive into this process I interviewed friends, dug up old photos and the few concert tickets I have, browsed through my teen blogs (hello Livejournal), and looked for show posters and tour dates from the venues I frequented. Through Volumes I was able to observe phases of my life and the music attached to those memories. From my childhood foundation with The Beatles and The Grand Ole Opry, the girl-power days with Tragic Kingdom, to the discovering the local punk scene where I learned about community and activism. It’s been a revelation for me to reflect back on those experiences, how I discovered bands, and simply to reminisce with the impact that music has had on my life.

Late night downloads

My most expansive and obscure period of music and in my late high school years. Every spare hour at night was spent at shows around Denton & DFW, trips to Austin, late nights searching through music libraries on Soulseek, rabbit holes looking up record labels and listening to every band. EXPLORE VOL 05: DISCOVERY

Creative Community

Denton's music scene was lively, rambunctious, and fearless. Being a small town there was less to lose and more to experiment. It was my first sense of a creative community. EXPLORE VOL 03: FRESHMAN