Invisible Cities

It’s been an epic journey to bring Invisible Cities to the derelict and acoustically-challenging Mayfield train depot for the Manchester International Festival. Combining theatre, dance, projection mapping, some huge scene changes, and music from Dustin O’Halloran & Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie of A Winged Victory for the Sullen. This has been another collaboration with 59 Production’s Leo Warner and Jenny Melville. It features choreography from Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, and dance by Rambert.

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Bastille’s Doom Days - Still Avoiding Tomorrow

I created the sound design for the launch of Bastille’s album, Doom Days. Working with writer Charlotte Bogard Macleod, and my team of Mike Winship, Ella Wahlstrom and Helen Skiera, we developed and designed three stories, told simultaneously using binaural sound over wireless headphones. The stories and sound design interwove themes and lyrics from the album with a binaural soundscape and Bastille’s music. After the 40 minute performance, the audience moved next door where Bastille performed the full album live.

NME review

The Bookshop

I’ve designed the sound for this short film directed by long-term collaborator Susan Lynch, starring The Charlatan’s singer Tim Burgess. With beautifully recorded sound from Richard Miller, Foley from the Foley Factory, and mixing from Conor Kelly at Goldcrest. IMDB

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V&A Unframed

I worked with film-maker Emily Harris, having previously working on her film for the V&A exhibition Glastonbury: Land and Legend, to create this film for the V&A’s exhibition at the 2019 Prague Quadrennial. We created a 5.1 mix for the film, plus placed specific sounds and interviews in speakers concealed in a model box created by Tortoise in a Nutshell’s designer, Amelia Bird.

Photo Gareth Fry

Photo Gareth Fry

All Kinds of Limbo

This is an immersive performance piece using room-scale VR, volumetric capture and holographic projection. Composed by Nibiya Brandon and Raffy Bushman. Directed by Toby Coffey. The installation is in the Wolfson Gallery within the National Theatre.

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Rekorder-land Magic Leap experience

I’ve created the sound design (with associate Mike Winship) for this mixed reality experience at the Underbelly on London’s South Bank this summer. It uses a mix of strategically placed speakers and spatialised audio within Magic Leap headsets to transport visitors to a magical forest….

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Barber Shop Chronicles UK tour

Following on from it’s international touring last year, Barbershop Chronicles is now back in the UK, touring ahead of a run at the Roundhouse later this year.

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Alys, Always - Bridge Theatre

It’s rare for new venues to open in London, especially one with as much exciting potential as the Bridge Theatre, which feels like a large version of the Cottesloe/Dorfman Theatre, allowing more epic work to feel quite intimate.

Alys, Always opens shortly at the Bridge Theatre and has been a lovely reunion of working again with Nick Hytner, Bob Crowley, Jon Clark, Christina Cunningham; and with the glorious looping cello compositions of Grant Olding, played live by Maddie Cutter.

Photo by Helen Maybanks

Photo by Helen Maybanks

Draw Me Close at the Young Vic

I’ve been working on the development of this mix of live performance, virtual reality and animation for a while, and it’s exciting to open it up to a public audience now. We’re previewing it at the Young Vic Theatre from Jan 21st to Feb 2nd. Tickets will go fast!

Developed by the National Theatre’s Immersive Storytelling Studio and the National Film Board of Canada.
Written and Directed by Jordan Tannahill.

Official website

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CBeebies Presents: Thumbelina

Directed by John Spooner.

This is my 5th year designing the sound for the CBeebies Christmas show. This year we’ve adapted Thumbelina for the stage, featuring a seven piece band. Our musical was broadcast on CBeebies over Christmas, on BBC2 on Christmas Eve and played nationwide in Cinemas.

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The Barber Shop Chronicles tours the USA

After touring Australia and New Zealand earlier this year, Barber Shop Chronicles is now touring the USA and Canada for the next four months. Having toured in in-the-round and thrust configurations, this tour marks the first time we’ll play proscenium houses.

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Still No Idea

Lisa Hammond & Rachael Spence with Improbable and the Royal Court Theatre.
Directed by Lee Simpson.

We originally made No Idea in 2010.
Still No Idea has been developed from it for 2018.
Have things change since 2010…? Come and find out!

Touring the UK followed by a run at the Royal Court Upstairs

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Moments of Silence - Imperial War Museum

I worked again with 59 Production’s Richard Slaney to create this exhibition for the IWM. In the first space I created a soundtrack entirely out of the sound of sand, to accompany a projected abstract piece animated using sand particles. The second space, which was completely dark and treated to be acoustically dead, featured am ambisonic soundscape of a number of two-minute silences, that myself, my team and others recorded of a variety of memorial silences held across the world, from St. Pauls to a submarine, from Derby Football Club to the Everest Base Camp.

Photo (c) Will Weisner

Photo (c) Will Weisner

Anna Meredith: Five Telegrams: Sender / Receiver: First Night of the Proms and EIF Opening

After working with 59 Production’s Richard Slaney earlier in the year, we worked with Anna Meredith on her piece Five Telegrams. The night before the First Night of the Prom, we previewed her piece, projection mapped on the exterior of the Royal Albert Hall.

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Then using recordings of that performance, and Anna’s actual First Night of the Prom (which had visuals mapped on the inside of the Royal Albert Hall), we edited and mixed a version to play for the opening of the Edinburgh International Festival.

Omay - BBC Radio 3 documentary

Working with producer David Waters, we created this documentary about anthropologist Laura Rival, who spent many years living in the Amazon in a Huaorani community. It intersperse’s David’s interviews with her, with her own recordings made there, and binaural recordings I made in the Amazon Rainforest.

Listen here (with headphones)

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Awards season

I was very fortunate to be awarded a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, and a Tony Award for the sound design of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.