Clare Marie Nemanich
Los Angeles-Based Sound Designer
& Radio Personality
My earliest memory of pure terror was waiting for the shocking horn blats in “No Pasaran” on Joe Jackson’s Will Power. My first cassette tape was “Sounds of a Babbling Brook.” I’ve always been attuned to and fascinated by sound’s ability to evoke and heighten the full spectrum of emotions and experiences.
I grew up playing flute and oboe, reading and telling stories, and making art late at night with my mom. I earned a BA in Literature (with a focus on Medieval Studies), and had brief lives as a metal jewelry artist and body piercer, before finding a career in talk radio with my father, trucking radio legend Dave Nemo. For 15 years, I programmed RadioNemo's shows on SiriusXM, exercising my skills in research, writing, and interviewing to bring news, information, and entertainment to North America's professional truck drivers.
In 2011, my horizons expanded when my boss dropped a copy of Sony Sound Forge Studio 10 and a microphone in my lap. They wanted me to do voiceover, maybe add some sound effects. Suddenly, I could manipulate sonic elements to create what I heard in my head. A lifelong fan of old-time radio dramas, disruptive humor, and classic television, I quickly developed my own take on theater of the mind. Short radio featurettes led to radio commercials led to the stage. First came collaboration on one-man shows and burlesque, and then full ensemble productions.
In 2021, I enrolled in the Theater Sound Design MFA program at CalArts. I've never felt more at home than at this wildly experimental and collaborative place. I've been studying sound, composition, improvisation, performance art and filmmaking and will graduate in May, 2024.
When I’m not making art, I'm playing board and video games, geocaching, enjoying spooky podcasts and audiobooks, birding, or snuggling my many pets.