I have enjoyed a wonderful variety of opportunities making emotive music and sensitive sound design for other artforms including dance, theatre, film and installations. Responding to each brief with my developed intuition and deep compassion, I love tuning into and then supporting the creative vision of others.
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Examples of recent commissions
A verbatim poem set to music with NHS nursing staff, for Lime Arts
I love my work with Lime Arts, whose mission is to to embed the arts and creativity in the culture of healthcare at Manchester Foundation Trust, thereby improving the health and wellbeing of staff and patients.
Working with writer/poet Kim Wiltshire, we were commissioned to produce a verbatim poem set to music with voice contributions from NHS nursing staff at Manchester Royal Infirmary, part of Manchester Foundation Trust.
It was amazing to hear all the voices, perspectives, with this snapshot of their experiences working on a busy ward. The dedication and passion for their work shone bright! I then aimed to support the edited and arranged voices with music which they thankfully feel honours their work.
With thanks to Lime, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and all the staff from one ward who participated on one day. Watch out for the track possibly appearing on a large-scale radio platform soon…
Coolicon Sound Installation
I am excited to realise an idea I have been harbouring for a while now. My new Coolicon Sound Bath installation had its first outing at Deliaphonic Festival in Coventry (3-6 March 2022). Deliaphonic presents events to honour the late great electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire (1937-2001) in her hometown in the Midlands.
With production help from maker/builder Steven Lopacki, we set up a collection of the lovely Coolicon steel lampshades that have a resonant gong quality. Visitors activated and explored the sonorities of these UK made steel lampshades with soft beaters in the reverberant space of Coventry Cathedral.
This installation is intended to honour Delia’s imagination, resourcefulness and sensitive way of composing electronic music with tape. The Coolicon Sound Bath invites a deeper listening to uncover the magic in the mundane, the surprising musical potential in everyday objects.
Commissioned by Deliaphonic & supported by Coolicon & Tube UK (sound cables).
Coolicon lampshade illustration by David J. Huggins ©, 2019-2022
It was an honour to be invited to be part of a project for Coventry City of Culture, creating “Echoes of Invention” – a homage to the work of Coventry born Delia Derbyshire and Barry Bermange.
Bladder & String Theatre collected sound bites from diverse Coventry residents about their personal and profound ideas on the topic of Faith. We then collaboratively arranged the vocal contributions and set them to music. All the music was only created with 1 human singing voice and micro editing and creative manipulation of the spoken voices.
Via a research project led by Nottingham University, I was invited by The National Science and Media museum in Bradford to create a new (Covid adapted) interactive exhibit for families. Inspired by their collection or objects from The BBC Radiophonic Workshop (the department in the BBC from 1958-late 1990’s where they made sound effects and music for TV and radio), I brought David Boultbee (BREAD Art) on board to create an interactive fun music making and sound sculpting web app. This project is part of a wider Sonic Futures project exploring how we perceive and understand sound.
My third time producing music/sound design for dance. I always wanted to explore the physical yet intangible language of movement with sound, music and voice. I produced and performed a live soundtrack for Company of Others, supporting a dance theatre show telling powerful stories of endings. Funded by Arts Council England, and many supportive partners.
It was such an honour to be invited to collaborate with artist/video art pioneer Madelon Hooykaas. Madelon worked with both Delia Derbyshire and Li Yuan Chia (look up both of these amazing humans if you don’t know them). Commissioned by Manchester Art Gallery, LYC Foundation and supported by Paul Mellon Centre.
Commissioned by The Robot Orchestra, we performed this piece for the launch of Manchester Science Partnerships. Produced by Squirrel Nation. Collaborating with Noisy Toys and Harry Ovington, we created a piece that chartered 24 hours in the city, including data sonification – turning Mobike usage data into musical parameters (such as pitch and rhythm).
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