I am a Brighton, London and Milton Keynes based sound artist and researcher with a love for heritage sites, archaeology and buildings at risk. The thread of history and the ruin has always been present in my work; more nuanced in songwriting, but an integral part of my current sound arts practice.
Growing up in Buckinghamshire, I spent a lot of time in the countryside, preferring the outdoors with animals or alone to write. When indoors, I was torn between the visual arts and classical music training, completing grades in piano, singing and music theory, but then progressing to study a Foundation in Art and Design at Central Saint Martins, London, upon leaving school. I spent a year working in different media, considering music and sculpture from a compositional point of view, before transitioning to Brighton to study Songwriting at BIMM for my Bachelors Degree. This contrasting experience of the commercial music industry gave me great insight into trends, live performance and business, but also introduced me to researching and composing to a brief, which sparked my progression on to a Masters. It was during this period of my life that I discovered dance, and enjoyed training and writing routines alongside my degree work, occasionally bringing the two worlds together through writing the music I performed to. I also began my first blog, which was a platform for reflection and documentation during this period of my life.
I achieved a Distinction in my MA in Sound Arts at London College of Communication. It was during this time that I discovered my true love for field recording, graphic scores, writing and composition. I found myself looking at new ways to sound buildings, creating and exploring the term ‘acoustic caretaking’, as I looked at the links between archaeoacoustics, care taking, and the building at risk. The final exhibition included my work in historic Curzon Street Station in Birmingham, one of the world’s oldest railway termini, which consisted of a vocal composition as well as several recordings, writings and mixed media pieces.
I am excited to say I am now a SEAHA CDT Arts and Media Phd Researcher at University of Brighton, working in ‘3D 5G Immersive Audio for Urban Outdoor Heritage Contexts’, with a future public prototype soundscape work being created at Brunswick Square in Hove, UK. I will be using geolocative sound software from my Industry Partner Echoes and archival access and support from my Heritage Partner the Regency Town House throughout my project. This EPSRC funded PhD project will be completed by 2022, with tremendous scope for further sound engagement projects at other heritage sites.