Among The Unimaginable

Program Notes
Among The Unimaginable

John Wiggins

"Among The Unimaginable" is a study in "spatial and textual” manipulation of sound. This was the compositional goal. To organize sound like this, you MUST have a sense of rhythm, dynamics, tone color and above all, a real desire to discover things you never heard before. This means, sound organizing processes and techniques must always be evolving to help find these sounds.

And the sounds that emerge without your intention - were unimaginable. A discovery really, because this approach leads to sounds you never heard before. This approach leads to discoveries.
Equally these sounds exist in a unique/strange/unimaginable space, which needs to be created. I think, fluctuations in space creating forms are exactly like fluctuation in air creating sounds - different scale.


Biographical Sketch
John Wiggins

Starting his career at MSG and freelancing as a live sports sound mixer, he wrote music for Macy’s commercials and won The Big Apple Award in 1979 for his music for the American Heart Association. He became part of the brand new “cable industry” as Supervising Sound Editor at HBO Studios for 22 years and built their Post Audio Department, mixing such critically acclaimed documentaries as “America Undercover – High on Crack Street”, “Autopsy”, “Dwarfs” and Academy Award Winner - “King Gimp” . In the year 2000 he was also given an Emmy by HBO Sports for 10 years of award winning sound design and mixing on such Emmy winning documentaries as “When It Was A Game”, “Do You Believe In Miracles (1980 US Hockey Team “ and more. In 2001 Wiggins opened his own Sound Production companies - Wonderland Sound and “no wonder music” sound design and mixing A&E Biographies, won an Emmy for “Best Mix” in 2009 for HBO Sports “24/7” and an Emmy in 2010 for HBO Sports “Assault In The Ring” as well as mixing and sound designing promo campaigns for “Angles in America”, “Rome”, “Big Love” “The Sopranos”, “Boardwalk Empire” , NBC Sports , Spike Lee and more.

Wiggins has a deep involvement with the production of sound in New York’s
TV post market as well as participating in the commercial and International
new music scene. He is a long standing AES member and a respected innovator with goals and vision about sound as art.

John Wiggins
WONDRLAND SOUND