Biog & CV
I began to write music whilst at school and continued at University, however I found formal compostition was not my real interest. I was influenced by John Cage’s experiments with sound and Steve Reich’s difficult rhythmns. I studied Performing Arts and Music at De Montfort University, and began a career in Technical Theatre.
Through my work as a sound technician I began to see what can be achieved with recorded sound and how sounds can be manipulated to do what you want unlike a live performer.
I began to develop my own style of soundscapes during my year studying Music Technology in Manchester. I have since created pieces which have been played on radio, been part of installation projects and as Sound Designs for theatre and performance pieces. I have been collaborating since 2004 with visual artist Pat Hodson, and poet Liz Cashdan on multi – media projects. In 2008 I graduated from the University of Leeds with a MA in Performance Studies and in August of 2009 spent a month in North East Iceland with my fellow collaborators developing a new piece of work. I created a website dedicated to this project, Art in the Freezer.
It’s a Jungle Out There A installation piece collaborating with fellow technicians from the University of Leeds School of Performance & Cultural Industries on creating an urban jungle. Tackling the subject of climate change and sustainability this piece used sound in the form of human jungle sounds both recorded and live loops, as well as recorded urban and natural sounds. (Light Night Leeds 2019).
Protest and Politics A piece in a online exhibition by Cities and Memories – my piece was based on a protest outside a bank in Spain, Aug 2017
Shakespeare’s Sea, A collaborative AV installation and Sound piece created as part of the Liverpool Book Exhibition Liverpool Library Hornby Room, June-July 2016
Barrow Beats, Work in progress shown as part of Hear This Space, Barrow-in-Furness, Oct 2014
Chorale a piece for the exhibition The Reversal Machine, The Tetley, Leeds Feb 2014
At the Edge of Darkness, At the Edge Sound Installation and live flute improvisation, a collaborative project cullminating in a 2 hour event at Warrington Museum and Art Gallery (Nov 2013)
Hilltown New Music Festival, Ireland, a piece called Sounds of Spain (2013)
Sounds from the studio, a live performance on NTSlive for Fractal Meat on a Spongy Bone (July 2013)
Audiograft Festival Jukebox, a piece called Nature’s Sonic Journey (2013)
Sounds from the ‘well, Light Night Leeds 2012. A part audio installation, part live improvised solo performance at stage@leeds, University of Leeds. Supported by the University Light Night fund.
Fermywoods Contemporary Art 2nd Online Exhibition, a piece entitled Syncopation (Nov 2011-2012)
Sound of Science Exhibition, Bradford Science Festival Fringe event. Icelandic Winds Audio Installation at Bradford Playhouse, Sept. 2011.
Manchester Art Crawl 2011, Icelandic Winds Audio Installation at Kraak Art Gallery, Manchester (July)
Wet Sounds Tour 2011, Installation in swimming pools around the country (Feb/Mar)
Dragonfly Festival, Soundfjord’s Alternating Current: Sound Art Now, Sonic Art event, Sweden (Aug. 2010)
Ira and Desire / Wrath Sonic Festival online/radio festival, Mexico (July 2010)
Location Location exhibition, Stramash Space. Online audio exhibition (Feb/Mar. 2010)
Icelandic Notebooks exhibition at Access Space, Sheffield (Oct 2009) & stage@leeds, University of Leeds (March 2010)
Playtime Exhibition at Broadwalk Arts, Bristol (2009);
Take it as Read exhibition, Stroud House Gallery (2008);
Healing exhibition, Norton Priory Museum & Gardens, Cheshire (collaboration with Pat Hodson & Liz Cashdan, 2008)
ARTRADIO Open Submissions, Cornerhouse, Manchester (2007);
Masterworks 2007, Bretton Hall Campus, W.Yorks (2007)
209Radio Soundart Festival, 209 Radio, Cambridge, (2006)
Also multimedia collaborations Shadows (2005-06) exhibited during Sheffield Open Studios & Fall of Flower (2004-05) exhibtied in Sheffield Cathedral during Off the Shelf literary festival 2004, and at the Cupola Gallery, Sheffield
Performance Sound Design
You Have Been Watching, Dark Horse Theatre Company. Tour around Yorkshire Sept/Oct 2017
Dante’s Inferno, Millenium Square, Leeds (July 2011). Modern adaption of a classic story performed by young people.
Conversations with Rhythm, an MA collaboration between choreographer & Sound Artist (2008); Forest Floor, an PhD Practice-as-research performance (2007); Sawbones to Surgeons (2006) The story of the beginning of Leeds Medical School told by the Undergraduates of the School of PCI, University of Leeds.
2006-08: University of Leeds MA Performance Studies
2003-04: City College Manchester HNC Music Technology
2000-01: City of Westminster College, London: C&G Electrical Installation 2360 Pt 2
1997-98: Loxley College, Sheffield: C&G Electrical Installation 2360 Pt 1
1994-96: Stepping Up Arts Development Programme, OCN credits at level 3 (8 credits)
1991-94: De Montfort University, Leicester: BA (Hons) Performing Arts (Music)
1988-91: Norton College, Sheffield A’Level’s: History, Music, English Lit
2004 – Current: Technician for School of Performance & Cultural Industries, University of Leeds: supporting students and staff working in the stage@leeds building and theatres in the areas of Sound, Lighting and AV.
Between 1994 and 2003 I worked as a lighting and sound technician in theatres around the country including UCL Bloomsbury Theatre, London; Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, Derby Playhouse and Sheffield Theatres.