My doctoral studies at The University of Birmingham have formally begun.
Drawing exclusively from an ever-growing recording library of species, soundscapes and abiotic phenomena, I’ll be deconstructing, processing and rearranging sounds from nature, creating intricate, large-scale audio works using programming languages and other specialised software.
A substantial component of this practice-led research will explore the relationship between sound recording and acousmatic composition: more specifically, how the inherent methodologies of wildlife sound recording inform creative work in the studio, and how intensive, studio-based sonic manipulation influences subsequent work in the field.
Finished compositions will projected through the University's internationally-renowned BEAST sound system, capable of mounting multichannel configurations of up to 100 loudspeakers and one of the largest of its type worldwide.
Other areas of interest will include: the broader practice of field recording and its associated technologies, methodologies, pedagogy and online community; approaches to wildlife sound archiving and curation; the historical development of wildlife sound recording; and cross-disciplinary conservation projects.
I’ll be adding new, research-focused pages to this website soon: updates to come!