School of Music and Fine Art

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Sound-Image-Space Research Centre


The The Sound-Image-Space Research Centre (SISRC) aims to provide an interdisciplinary forum for exchange of praxis within the broad domain of image, sound and the spatial arts.  Research projects – both collaborative and individual - take multiple forms: the production of new creative works; exhibition and curation; performance and publication.




Sound-Image-Space Research Centre

Our areas of specialism include: Ecologies: Accoustic, Environmental, Social, Technological; Memory: Individual and cultural, Neurobiological and Spatial; Socially engaged practice: Performative, relational, collaborative and participatory.

The following questions frame some of our broad concerns:

  • How do soundscape/audio - visual ecologies and musical forms relate to social, political and cultural processes?
  • How does the resonances of individual and cultural memory contribute to the shaping of social space?
  • How can an ‘engaged’ or ‘social' practice interrogate material space and the spaces of representation – lived space, imaginative space - with particular emphasis on the production of space through social and cultural practice?
  • What kind of impact can art, music and sound studies have in addressing social, health and wellbeing, and environmental concerns?
  • What might be a productive connection between art and science?



Music and Audio Arts Sound Theatre (MAAST)

Music and Audio Arts Sound Theatre (MAAST) is a portable and flexible sound diffusion system designed for the performance of electroacoustic music and research in spatial sound.

The system comprises a custom-made 32-channel Gluion console, two MOTU audio interfaces, an array of Genelec loudspeakers which include sixteen bi-amplified 8020s, twenty 8040s, four tri-amplified 1038s, 7060B and 7070A subwoofers, and custom-made loudspeaker stands that can be extended up to 3 metres in height. The console controls the sound diffusion through OSC and Max/MSP. The system allows for diffusion of stereo and multichannel works, and its setup is flexible, depending on the spatial characteristic of concert and sound installation venues

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Sound-Image-Space Research Centre

Directors: Tim Howle
Deputy Directors: Paul Fretwell, Aki Pasoulas, Shona Illingworth

  • Professor Tim Howle / Music (Acousmatic music, visual music, video music)
  • Professor Kevin Dawe / Music (anthropology of sound and music, ecomusicology and acoustic ecology, musical instruments and material culture)
  • Dr Paul Fretwell / Music (Electroaccoustic composition, accousmatic listening, sound/source relationships)
  • Peter Hatton / Fine Art (Relational spatial practice, Public Interventions, installation and video)
  • Shona Illingworth / Fine Art (Immersive installation, memory, embodied cognition, spatial politics)
  • Dr Aki Pasoulas / Music (acousmatic music, time perception in music, psychoacoustics and sound perception, spatial sound, acoustic communication, soundscape ecology)
  • Dr Freya Vass-Rhee / Drama & Theatre (Cognitive dance studies, visuo-sonority of dance, performativity, arts-sciences interdisciplinarity)



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Last Updated: 30/11/2018