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Memories for the Future | Sound Scoring Workshop

A black-and-white image of a young Black schoolgirl peacefully resting, basking in the sunlight from a bright window.

Garrett Bradley, America (video still), 2019. Multichannel video installation. Courtesy the artist

Jan 30, 2021


Art Making & Tours, Memories for the Future

This interactive session explores how recorded sound can evoke and transform our memories and emotions. Sound designer Udit Duseja and composer Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste will lead participants through deep listening exercises, facilitated discussions on compositional choices, and activities that illustrate various components of the sound design and composition process. Workshop participants will have the chance to submit a short film to be screened at a live program with filmmaker Garrett Bradley.

We encourage participants to download a free trial of Ableton Live before the session. 


This workshop is a part of Memories for the Future, a workshop series with accompanying digital resources that considers how memories and forgotten histories can be preserved using visual and sonic forms, and brought into the future as an act of archival repair. Taking inspiration from filmmaker Garrett Bradley’s America (2019)—a multichannel video installation that reimagines scenes of Black history and life from lost feature-length films made in the United States between 1912 and 1929—Memories for the Future invites participants to remember the places, people, histories, and sensations they have lost and to use sound and moving image to evoke and transform these memories. 

This series of workshops is facilitated by artists who share their approaches to visual and sonic storytelling and is supported by digital guides that offer additional techniques to support audiences in creating short films.

This program series is presented in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art.


Udit Duseja is a sound designer working between Mumbai and London. Since 2009, he has honed his approach to explore the intersection between sound and music, creating experimental sonic experiences which address a multiplicity of themes. He designed the score for America.

Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste is a New York-Based artist, composer, and performer considering notions of errant relations which thrive across subjectivities.  Toussaint-Baptiste was a 2017 Artist-in-Residence at Issue Project Room and received a Bessie Award in 2018 for Outstanding Music Composition and Sound Design. 


Zoom Access
This session will be held through Zoom, a free video-conferencing software. Participants are encouraged to use a computer, smartphone, or tablet with a camera and internet access. Participants will receive details on  how to join the meeting the day before the program begins. 

This session will be live-captioned. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is available upon request with two weeks’ advance notice. We will make every effort to provide accommodation for requests made within two weeks’ notice. For accessibility questions or accommodation requests, please email adultprograms@moma.org or call (212) 708-9781.

This program will be recorded.