Megan Mitchell composes unsettling, ethereal music under the alias, Cruel Diagonals. A jazz and classically trained vocalist, Mitchell performs and creates in numerous capacities. Some of her current endeavors include acting as proprietor of the left-field music index for non-male composers, Many Many Women, and researching, visiting and documenting places of abandoned industry with her field recorder and camera in tow. Mitchell has released albums with Drawing Room Records and Longform Editions, which have been met with critical acclaim. She is additionally an accredited archivist with a Master in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Washington, specializing in audio archiving.
Cruel Diagonals is an outlet for destructive sample processing, vocal exploration, and a palette for inter-media contemplations and applications. Influenced by early experimental filmmakers such as Maya Deren and Kenneth Anger, Cruel Diagonals has been described in cinematic terms, evoking moods and montages of an eerie, surrealist timbre. Warped field recordings and layered vocals incite a beckoning to a phantasmagorical, metallic-tinged state of existence.