THE SCHOOL OF SOUND INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM
24 – 27 April 2019
The Purcell Room, Southbank Centre
London SE1 8XX
Neil Brand has been a silent film accompanist for over 30 years, regularly in London at the Barbican and BFI National Film Theatres, throughout the UK and at film festivals and special events around the world, where he has inaugurated the School of Music and Image to teach up- and-coming young pianists about silent film accompaniment.
Training originally as an actor, he has made his name as a writer/performer/composer, scoring BFI video releases of such films as South (Shackleton’s Journey to the South Pole), The Ring by Alfred Hitchcock, Piccadilly (premiered at the Lincoln Centre), the great lost film The Life and Times of David Lloyd George and Early Cinema. His most recent DVD scores are for Sherlock Holmes (the great lost Gilette film), Ozu Classics for Criterion and, for the Cinematheque Francais, Maison du Mystere, Le Brasier Ardent, Les Adventures de Robert Macaire and Mauprat.
Neil is also a prolific radio playwright including Sony – and Tinniswood – nominated dramas Stan (which he adapted for BBC TV) and Getting the Joke, as well as establishing the regular live-recorded musical series The Big Broadcast. Recently he has toured to Edinburgh Fringe, Finland’s Midnight Sun Festival, Padua Opera House, Kilkenny comedy festival, the Middle Eastern International Film Festival and throughout the UK and abroad with his hilarious and touching one-man-show The Silent Pianist Speaks.
Neil is becoming well-known as a TV presenter on BBC4 with his hugely successful series Sound of Cinema, The Music that Made the Movies and Sound of Song, is a regular presenter on Radio 4’s Film Programme, a Fellow of Aberystwyth University and a Visiting Professor of the Royal College of Music and is considered one of the finest improvising piano accompanists in the world. http://www.neilbrand.com
With a background in electronic music, Paul Davies graduated from the sound course of the National Film and Television School in 1993. After working as a sound recordist, sound editor and dubbing mixer on a variety of feature, broadcast and corporate work, Paul was employed as a sound editor at Videosonics in Camden. In 2000, Paul became a freelance supervising sound editor and sound designer and in 2003 he established his own sound post-production 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, Stephen Frear’s The Queen, Film Star’s Don’t Die in Liverpool and The Proposition. His television credits include Red Riding 1980, Boy A and Southcliffe.
Paul is a regular visiting tutor at the National Film and Television School and has held masterclasses and workshops at Harvard, The Baltic Film School in Estonia, The School of Sound, BAFTA and at the CPH:Dox festival in Copenhagen.
The Quay Brothers were born in 1947 near Philadelphia where they studied at the Philadelphia College of Art, then later in London at the Royal College of Art. Since 1979, they have created a hybrid variety of film works: Puppet animation: Street of Crocodiles, Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies, The Comb, Maska, Unmistaken Hands; Live-Action films: In Absentia, Institute Benjamenta and Piano Tuner of Earthquakes; Documentaries: Anamorphosis, The Phantom Museum, Through the Weeping Glass, Inventorium of Traces; and three film collaborations for the Ballet: Duet and The Sandman for Will Tuckett and with Kim Brandstrup, Eurydice: She, So Beloved.
They have regularly designed decors for the Opera, Theatre and Ballet: Prokofiev’s Love for Three Oranges (Opera North and English National Opera); Feydeau’s A Flea in Her Ear (Old Vic); Tchaikovsky’s Mazeppa (Bregenz Festival/Netherlands Opera; Moliere’s Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (Royal National Theatre; Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream (Almeida); Ionesco’s The Chairs (Theatre de Complicite and Royal Court); and for the Wiener Festwochen, Olga Neuwirth’s opera Baalaams Fest; The Cricket Recovers by composer Richard Ayres for Aldeburgh and Almeida Opera. Britten’s Paul Bunyan for Bregenz and Luzern. Theater of the World, Louis Andriessen Opera and co-production between Dutch National Opera and Los Angeles Philharmonic. For the Harold Pinter Theatre London, The Birthday Party and for Ballet Rambert, Calderon’s Life is a Dream.
Born in Croyden, Nashashibi studied art in Sheffield and at Glasgow School of Art. She was awarded the Beck’s Futures Prize in 2003. In 2007 she exhibited as part of Scotland + Venice at the 52nd Venice Biennale. In 2017, she was nominated for the Turner Prize. She has exhibited widely and her solo shows include Murray Guy, New York (2013); Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp (2013) and ICA, London and Bergen Kunsthall, Norway (2009).
Rosalind Nashashibi 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. She explores the passage of time and the ways in which we interact with our environment and with each other, finding interest in everyday situations. In addition to short films, Nashashibi has also made drawings and collages. (Biography from National Galleries Scotland)
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.
His practice is interdisciplinary and collaborative, developing projects that expand the boundaries of experimental practice, especially in the areas of Art and Science, Environmental-Art and Bio-Arts, leading to projects such as GeneMusiK, a prototype DNA+Music remixing system; Host a sonic installation with live insects that has toured to seven international festivals. Nigel was the Artistic Director of the ground breaking LifeBoat bio-art project and co-founder of the SoundCulture that produced a series of major international sound-art festivals in the Asia Pacific region from 1991 to 2012.
Nigel works across aesthetic and discipline boundaries with a prolific track record of projects at peak international centres. His Australian R&D work in augmented audio-reality with Lake Technology (now Dolby Australia) and as the Creative Director of the Audio-Nomad Research Group, resulted in a series international patents and major immersive sound exhibitions.
He is a leader experimenting in the creative sonification of bio-data, produced as a series of cultural and environmental audio-portraits: VoxAura, the River is Singing, European Capital of Culture Turku 2011; CrayVox, WA Spaced Biennale 2012; When Science meets Art, a three year ARC project with the Bundanon Trust 2014/8; and Under the Icecap, a long-term collaboration with the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and the Conservatorium of Music (University of Tasmania) sonifying bio-logging data collected by Southern Elephant Seals in the Antarctic..
This year he realised Oratorio for a Million Souls, a series of bee listening spaces created in three botanical gardens (Leeuwarden, Emden and Oldenburg for the European Capital of Culture) this project also interact with one hundred local schools and three brass bands.
Peter Vuust is a unique combination of a jazz musician and a world class scientist. As a researcher, he is Denmark’s leading expert in the field of music and the brain – a research field he has single-handedly built up as leader of the group Music In the Brain. As a composer and bass player he has collaborated with a variety of artists, from Danish pop stars to some of the world’s major, international jazz artists. www.petervuust.dk
Peter will focus on improvisation in Groove on the brain – the jazz improviser’s guide to the brain.
Sinéad Rushe studied at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France before training as an actor at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London, UK where she currently teaches on the BA Acting CDT programme. She specialises in the Michael Chekhov Technique and Meyerhold’s Biomechanics.
Sinéad will discuss her recent theatre production of Bernard-Marie Koltès’s play Night Just Before the Forests for the Macau Arts Festival in China. Performed in the round, this pathbreaking work in a new translation reimagines the original monologue as a polyphonic work for five performers of different nationalities and genders, and features a ‘quadraphonic’ live sound design by German sound artist Niels Lanz.
Richard King has worked with directors as diverse as Christopher Nolan, Steven Spielberg, Peter Weir, Paul Tomas Anderson and Robert Altman, creating soundtracks for Oscar and BAFTA winning films Dunkirk, Inception, The Dark Knight and Master and Comman
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.
Piers Plowright made his career as a radio producer and presenter, making radio plays and documentaries for the BBC until 1997 and working as a freelance lecturer and broadcaster since then. He has won three Italia Prizes for radio documentaries, is a Chicago Third Coast Audio Luminary, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and holds an honorary DLitt at Bournemouth University.
Returning in his acquired role as the opening speaker for each School of Sound, Piers presents The Blackbird in the Hospital – Sound as the Third Way.
Rina Sherman is a filmmaker, ethnographer and photographer. She studied with Jean Rouch, under whose supervision she completed a doctorate with distinction at the Sorbonne in 1989.
A recipient of the Villa Médicis Hors les Murs prize and the Lavoisier bursary of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she undertook a seven year fieldwork study of Ovahimba and other Otjiherero speaking communities in Namibia and Angola. From the body of filmed and photographic images and sound recordings that she constituted during that time,she has produced films, books, multimedia exhibitions and photographic collections.
Rina will define her ideas around the recording and editing of sound for ethnographic films.