I’m based in Todmorden, West Yorkshire but I grew up in Surrey next to a railway embankment, where I spent many happy childhood hours scrabbling about, building dens, climbing trees and exploring the natural habitat. With an interest in the natural world and humankind’s impact upon it I went on to gain a degree in Environmental Science, followed by a Masters in Pollution Control, and in my early twenties started employment with the National Rivers Authority as field officer, tasked with investigating and preventing pollution in West Yorkshire’s Calder and Aire river catchments. Like my childhood days this involved a lot of scrabbling about, this time on river banks, with sampling cans. After a long career in the environmental sector involving team leader, project management and policy roles I decided to leave my job and pursue my creative interests, embarking on a full time degree in Creative Music Technology at Huddersfield University. Here I studied composition, music analysis, experimental music, sound art and music production, and undertook a placement year working as a studio technician for Hoot Creative Arts, a mental health and wellbeing charity based in Huddersfield.
Having graduated in summer 2019 I’m now taking forward my creative pursuits. I compose, make sound art, perform live experimental music and work as a sound technician / engineer. I set up and co-run Thunderbats - a regular open mic night specifically for local women artists to showcase their creativity, and am also actively involved in Yorkshire Sound Women Network and its affiliated Calderdale group.
Much of the inspiration for my creative work comes from my interest in nature and my local environment. I take field recordings and often make live and fixed pieces which incorporate natural sounds and explicitly engage with ecological issues. I’m interested in how sound art can be used to connect people with the natural world, whether that’s through listening to it, or being actively involved in making and performing it. Some of my recent work includes: performing improvised music at The Hepworth Gallery with The Edges Ensemble and Serena Korda; presenting my recent work Rewilding at the Sonic Arts Forum 2019 meeting; running technical workshops on field-recording, live sound and digital music-making; and sound engineer for ame’s experimental music concerts. I’ve also had my work in performed in Huddersfield and at local festivals, and exhibited at Fuse Art Gallery, Bradford.