How I See SF:Audium's David Shaff
Learn how David Shaff, an electronic music composer at Audium, not only sees but also hears San Francisco.
If you want to have a truly genuine San Francisco experience, then you have to consult the experts: our friendly locals. Knowledgable, passionate, and always ready with a recommendation for what to do, see, or eat, San Franciscans of all types have been part of our ongoing "How I See San Francisco" series.
David Shaff is an electronic music composer, trumpet player and executive director of Audium Theater. Born and raised in a San Francisco household full of strange sounds emanating from the basement (his father and composer Stan Shaff being the culprit), David gained an early appreciation of music and sound of all sorts.
He has designed and performed many soundscape compositions for Audium, including collaborations with his father and visual artist Ryan Elisabeth Reid. He is currently working with sound engineer Paul Barton and an assortment of Bay Area sound artists to reimagine the design of Audium’s sound system for future generations.
We asked David to talk about some of his favorite things in San Francisco and what he recommends to visitors.
What does a typical day in San Francisco look like for you?
I usually bike from the Richmond District to Downtown. I like to stop near the Conservatory of Flowers to enjoy the quiet for a few minutes. Then I'm either working on soundscapes or giving performances down at Audium Theater.
Which neighborhood, other than your own, do you like to explore?
On a sunny Sunday morning, I head to the Sunset, get coffee and a treat, and take it to Ocean Beach. Also, wandering the neighborhood around Glen Park, Ocean Avenue and Ingleside brings me back to the old San Francisco vibe.