In terms of formal job training, Megan Mitchell is a librarian. Specifically, she’s an archivist who got her master’s degree in library and information science from University of Washington last year, with a specific interest in sonic collections and found recordings. But Mitchell is also a singer, composer, DJ and essayist. Her different creative practices combine into a process that informs her projects in many fields at once.
“The common thread, it’s always been music,” says Mitchell in an interview at a favored Oakland tea house of hers. “There’s also a common thread of social justice, and my interest in research and representation, and undoing very heteronormative, colonized, white supremacist ideologies that are pervasive in research, in music, industries, communities.”
These threads influence how Mitchell approaches her archival work; her previous gig assisting prolific indie and metal producer Randall Dunn in Seattle; and her ongoing curation of Many Many Women, a site dedicated to women and non-binary artists working in experimental music. She also organizes workshops and events featuring noted avant-garde figures like the late Pauline Oliveros.
“I think what ends up happening is that all those things end up informing my creative process, as well,” Mitchell observes, “It’s just my brain making different outbursts at various junctures on things that I’m interested in.”