Author Archives : Larry Sider

Susanne Abbuehl

Swiss/Dutch singer and composer Susanne Abbuehl (*1970) has been an ECM recording artist since releasing April in 2001 and has toured worldwide with her own group. She studied jazz voice with Rachel Gould and Jeanne Lee at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, North Indian classical singing with Prabha Atre and composition with Diderik Wagenaar.

Susanne is currently Professor of jazz voice, ensemble and composing for and with words at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Lucerne as well as at the Haute Ecole de Musique HEMU in Lausanne. (photo by Mario Del Curto)


Ain Bailey

Ain Bailey is a sound artist and DJ. Her practice involves an exploration of sonic autobiographies, architectural acoustics, live performance, as well as collaborations with performance and visual artists. Her works have shown at Tate Britain, the Whitechapel Gallery, The Kitchen (New York), Art Basel Miami and the Serpentine.    

Recently, Bailey completed a residency at London’s ICA where she curated three events and created a new composition. Currently, following a commission by Serpentine Projects, Bailey is conducting sound workshops with LGBTI+ refugees and asylum seekers.

In her talk, Bailey gives an overview of her practice leading up to current work on sonic biographies and grief.


Neil Brand

Neil Brand has been a silent film accompanist for over 30 years, regularly in London, throughout the UK and at film festivals and special events around the world. Neil is also a prolific radio playwright including Sony – and Tinniswood – nominated dramas Stan and Getting the Joke, as well as establishing the regular live-recorded musical series The Big Broadcast.

He will present Adventures in the Missing Sense about his twin (and complementary) roles as silent film accompanist (creating sound for solo visuals) and radio playwright (creating visuals out of sound alone).          


Karen Collins

Karen Collins is the author of 8 books on music and sound, including Game Sound, Playing with Sound, The Beep Book, and the forthcoming Studying Sound. From 2007-2017 she was the Canada Research Chair in Interactive Audio at the University of Waterloo, where she won multiple awards for her research, including a Google Faculty Research Award and induction into the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars. She is also an independent filmmaker, sound designer and game designer, and directed and edited the award-winning documentary Beep: A Documentary History of Game Sound.

Karen’s talk is entitled, ‘AI ate my sound design’.


The Sound of DAU: Rob Walker and Stefan Smith

Built around a biography of the Soviet physicist, Lev Landau, Dau combines film, theatre, science, psychology, art, architecture and performance in an interactive experience the participant lives for 6 hours. Sound designer Rob Walker and composer Stefan Smith unveil how they created the soundtrack to this multi-faceted project involving a feature film, TV series and documentaries. Directed by Ilya Khrzhanovsky, Dau has been in production since 2006 and has its premiere in Paris on 24 January 2019.


Paul Davies

With a background in electronic music, Paul Davies graduated from the sound course of the National Film and Television School in 1993. Paul became a freelance supervising sound editor and sound designer and in 2003 he established his own  company, PDsoundDesign.

Paul is best known for his long-time collaboration with director Lynne Ramsay, having created the tracks for Ratcatcher, Morvern Callar, We Need to Talk About Kevin and her latest film, You Were Never Really Here. His other credits include Steve McQueens’s Hunger, John Maybury’s Love is the Devil and Stephen Frear’s The Queen.


Mike Figgis

After studying music and playing with several ensembles Mike joined the experimental performance group People Show and toured extensively for ten years. After forming his own group Mike began to experiment with film and sound, combining these elements with live theatre and opera.

His first film, a one hour political fantasy for Channel 4 called The House, brought him into the domain of cinema. This was followed by a period of mainstream filmmaking which included Stormy Monday and Leaving Las Vegas. Encouraged by the success of a more experimental and minimal approach to filmmaking, Figgis continued to push boundaries and Timecode (2000) was the first real-time digital film ever made.

He presents Capturing the Sound of My Experience: “Sound continues to dominate my creativity. I have 50 years of audio memoire. It’s what drew me to cinema.”


Stephen Deutsch

Stephen Deutsch returns to offer his reflections on sound design, music and storytelling.

Stephen has composed over thirty scores for film, theatre, radio & television. His many collaborations with the late playwright Peter Barnes include Jubilee (2001), the Olivier Award winning play Red Noses (1985), and the feature film Hard Times (1994).

At Bournemouth University, he is Professor of Post-Production. He has also served as Visiting Tutor in Screen Composition at the National Film & Television School. Within both institutions he has trained over 60 composers, some of whom have since provided music for feature films, theatre, television and computer games.


Nigel Helyer

Dr Nigel Helyer (aka DrSonique) is a contemporary polymath whose work links Art and Science, or more accurately Poetics and Technics, in a strong embrace of the environment, identity and cultural history. He has an international reputation as a sculptor and sound-artist who creates large scale sound-sculptures, environmental artworks and inter-active projects that prompt the community to engage with their cultural histories, identity and sense of place; inviting us to examine the abstract conditions of our world and our complex relationships to it.


Richard King

Richard King has worked with directors as diverse as Christopher Nolan, Steven Spielberg, Peter Weir, Paul Thomas Anderson and Robert Altman, creating soundtracks for Oscar and BAFTA winning films Dunkirk, Inception, The Dark Knight and Master and Commander.


Prof Morten Kringelbach

Professor Morten L Kringelbach directs his Hedonia Research Group based at the Universities of Oxford and Aarhus. His prize-winning research uses neuroimaging and whole-brain computational models of, for example, music, sounds, infants, taste, sex and drugs to find ways to increase hedonia and eudaimonia – pleasure and happiness. He will discuss the notions of space, empathy and happiness in relation to jazz.


Rosalind Nashashibi

Rosalind Nashashibi studied art in Sheffield and at Glasgow School of Art. She was awarded the Beck’s Futures Prize in 2003, exhibited as part of Scotland + Venice at the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007) and, in 2017, was nominated for the Turner Prize.

She makes films which reveal the rhythms and patterns of everyday life, and explore the boundaries between reality and fiction. Although she uses real situations, Nashashibi is not interested in documenting real life in an anthropological manner. Rather, she is fascinated in the rituals played out by social groups, such as families, community groups and students.