Video & Digital

Nell Shaw Cohen's multidisciplinary digital media projects bring together her work in music, video, photography, and interactive media design. Cohen's projects have led her to film in the badlands of New Mexico and the Marin Headlands of the San Francisco Bay Area; to interview prominent curators and scholars on subjects ranging from synesthesia to Charles Ives; and to secure grant support from New England Conservatory's Entrepreneurial Musicianship Department and New York University Steinhardt's Challenge Grants.

Examples of recent and past projects are featured below. Join the mailing list or follow @nellshawcohen to receive updates about these and future projects.

View Cohen's Experience Design and Educational Media portfolio at

Explore John Muir's Yosemite (2014)

This multimedia installation for web and iPad app illustrates the writings of naturalist and conservationist John Muir through interactive photography and music, offering an engaging new interpretation of Muir's vision of nature. Explore ten sites in Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks with Muir as your guide.

California Zephyr (2014)

Video and music for piccolo, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, viola, and cello. Filmed from the California Zephyr Amtrak train over three days, traveling from Chicago to San Francisco. Music recorded live by the NYU Contemporary Music Ensemble.

Horizon: New York (2014)

Video production and music composition for a short dance film created with dancer-choreographer Callie Lyons and cellist Fjóla Evans. Filmed at two city parks in Brooklyn.

The Faraway Nearby: Georgia O'Keeffe and the New Mexico Landscape (2010)

Video and music for flute, clarinet, piano, violin, and cello. Inspired by the paintings of Georgia O'Keeffe and filmed on location in New Mexico with original animations and motion graphics. Over 8,000 views on YouTube.
Learn more about The Faraway Nearby.

Beyond the Notes

Unique online multimedia experiences exploring the visual, literary, and performing arts, from installations integrating music and video to interactive documentaries exploring music history.

Visit for an overview of all current projects.

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