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John Levack Drever

John Levack Drever

John Levack Drever


Drever's expansive practice represents a cathexis into: human utterance; the minutiae of everyday soundscapes; residual noise; the intersection of acoustic horizon and acoustic arena; the genealogy of phonographic atmos and SFX; (un)natural histories; the gap between documentary and the field; the built environment, prevailing ambiance and pedestrian deportment; intuitions of silence and noise; overhearings, mishearings and acoustic perturbations, etc. Read more on Last.fm
Drever's expansive practice represents a cathexis into: human utterance; the minutiae of everyday soundscapes; residual noise; the intersection of acoustic horizon and acoustic arena; the genealogy of phonographic atmos and SFX; (un)natural histories; the gap between documentary and the field; the built environment, prevailing ambiance and pedestrian deportment; intuitions of silence and noise; overhearings, mishearings and acoustic perturbations, etc. – such engagement naturally leads into creating work for specific sites such as the Tower of Winds (an eighteen century octagonal tower in Staffordshire), Goodwin Sands (a tidal sand bank off the Kent coast) and Orford Ness (a decommissioned bomb testing site on the Suffolk coast). Projects are often derived from extensive fieldwork with the aid of field recording and most importantly through the practice of non-technologically mediated soundwalking, exemplified in the triptych, Ochlophonic Studies: Hong Kong (1998-2009). Fundamentally, much of his work is collaborative including projects with Geoff Cox, Rachel Gomme, Alice Oswald, Alaric Sumner, Tony Thatcher, Lawrence Upton, David Behrman and Louise K.

Wilson. He is a member of Blind Ditch. Drever is an active sonic artist and soundscape researcher. He lecturers in Composition and is the head of the Unit for Sound Practice Research at Goldsmiths, University of London.

During the autumn semester 2007, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Critical Intermedia Laboratory , School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. Drever was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, (1973) and raised between Dalkeith and Edinburgh. After a year-out (mis)spent working in an independant record store in Edinburgh that today no longer exists, and hanging-out in Paris and Luxembourg, he studied Music at the University of Wales, Bangor, followed by a Master study in Electroacoustic Music Composition at the University of East Anglia. In 2001 he was awarded a PhD from Dartington College of Arts, titled 'Phonographies: Practical and Theoretical Explorations into Composing with Disembodied Sound'. During 2001-2 he was a Research Assistant for the Digital Crowd (University of Plymouth) co-ordinating Sounding Dartmoor, a soundscape study of Dartmoor.

From 2003-04 he was an ACE/AHRB Arts and Science Research Fellow with Centre for Computational Creativity, City University exploring electronic music performance interfaces that learn from their users. Drever was an elected director of Sonic Arts Network (2004-8) and a co-founder and chair of the UK and Ireland Soundscape Community (a regional affiliate of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology) for whom in 2001 he chaired Sound Practice: the 1st UKISC Conference on sound, culture and environments and edited the latest edition of their journal Earshot, Issues 5, Noise: Debates, Strategies and Methodologies (2007). He is currently developing a revisit of the World Soundscape Project's London Soundwalk (1975) as documented in the European Sound Diary (1977), with members of the UKISC and the Noise Future Network. Drever has a particular interest in the pioneering use of location recording and sound design in the films of the GPO Film Unit in the 1930s (Jennings, Cavalcanti, Gray, et al.), sounds effects of the ‘30s, everyday use of portable audio-media, surround sound composition from concert hall to cinema, field recording (natural history, documentary, the everyday, phonography and soundscape composition), sound poetry (ongoing collaborations with Lawrence Upton), sound installation and cross-art form collaboration (with an increasing focus on composing for dance with choreographer Tony Thatcher from Laban) and the art and method of soundwalking. Commissions range from the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (1999), Arts Council England (2002 & 2007), to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (2002). His work has twice been awarded a prize in the annual Musica Nova competition, Prague (1997 & 1998). Drever’s writings have been published in Organised Sound (2000 & 2002) and has contributed to the recent book compilations, Autumn Leaves: Sound and the Environment in Artistic Practice edited by Angus Carlyle, (2007) and Hearing Places: Sound Place Time Culture, edited by Ros Bandt, Michelle Duffy & Dolly MacKinnon, D. (2007). ____________________________________________________________________ Publications Coming Up *‘Sound: Effect – Object – Event: endemic and exogenous electroacoustic sound practices in theatre’, in Brown, R.

(ed.), Reader in Theatre Sound and Aurality, Palgrave. [forthcoming] *‘Sounding Dartmoor: A case study on the soundscapes of rural England at the opening of the 21st Century’, in Cartografías de la Escucha, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea. [forthcoming] *'Soundwalking: creative listening beyond the concert hall', in Saunders, J. (ed.), The Ashgate Research Companion to Experimental Music, Ashgate.

[Sept 09] ____________________________________________________________________ Selected Soundwalks 2002: Soundwalk of Exeter, Field Work, SpaceX Fine Art Gallery, Exeter. 2005: Soundwalk of Holbeck Urban Village, at Ways of Hearing, Leeds, to coincide with Fontana's sound installation Sound Lines, in the Dark Arches, Lumen and MAAP. 2005: Soundwalk of Leeds, Something of the Night, Leeds City Art Gallery. 2005: Soundwalk of Eastside, at Creative Lab in Birmingham, to coincide with Bill Fontana's performance and installation of St Martin's Bells Sonic Mapping, MADE and MAAP. 2007: Soundwalk of Lewisham, Lewisham Walking Festival. 2007: Soundwalk of Manchester City Centre, SenseScape: Sensorial studies of place, an ESRC Research Seminar Series. 2007: Soundwalk of Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong, with students from the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. 2008: Soundwalk of Leeds, an event related to the current exhibition Licht auf Licht by Gerhard Kassner and Hans Peter Kuhn, Project Space Leeds. 2009: London Soundwalk Revisit (Easter 1975/2009). Revisit of the London Soundwalk as published in the European Sound Diary (1977) by members of the World Soundscape Project: Howard Broomfield, Bruce Davis, Peter Huse, Jean Reed and R. M. Schafer.

The 2009 London Soundwalk was devisid by Tsai Wei Chen, Isobel Clouter, Max Dixon, John Levack Drever and Hildegard Westerkamp. Cosponsored by the Noise Futures Network and the Unit for Sound Practice Research, Goldsmiths, University of London. Organised by the UK and Ireland Soundscape Community. ____________________________________________________________________ Recent Performances and Installations (selected) Cattle Grids of Dartmoor(2005), Atrium Sound Space, College of Santa Fe campus in Santa Fe, New Mexico, 18/01/08–28/02/08. Ochlophonic Study 3: Hong Kong in Kettle’s Yard, as part of ‘Music, Sound, and the Music, Sound, and the Re-configuration of Public and Private Space’, University of Cambridge, 18/04/08. NAMING for Ricki Redhead [That the tongue is a whip] (first stereo version); 10 minutes approx.; text, pre-recorded voice, projections and live voice Lawrence Upton; treatment of recorded voice, additional sound sampling John Drever; The Shunt Lounge, London Bridge; 5/06/08. -stance (2008), at Turteatern, Stockholm, with Ina Dokmo (dancer) and Tony Thatcher (choreographer), 17/7/08. Ochlophonic Study 3: Hong Kong (2008), Musée de Grenoble, France, at the international colloquium, Faire une ambiance / Creating an Atmosphere, organised by the "Ambiances Architecturales et Urbaines" laboratory, a mixed research unit (UMR) affiliated to CNRS/Ministére de la Culture (Architecture)/Ecoles Nationales Supérieures d'Architecture of Grenoble and Nantes, 11/09/08. That the tongue is a whip (8-channel version); 10 minutes approx.; text, pre-recorded voice, projections and live voice Lawrence Upton; studio treatment of and composition with recorded voice, additional sound sampling, and live treatment of voice and sound John Drever; presented at Great Hall, Goldsmiths - Sound Practice Research Concert, 21/11/08. Ochlophonic Study 3: Hong Kong (2008), gallery exhibition, HK Sound Station, curated by Alvaro Rodriguez Fominaya, Parasite Gallery, Hong Kong, 7/02/09–3/04/09. –stance (2008), with Ina Dokmo, Tony Thatcher and David Behrman, In the MOMENT, Festival of improvised dance and music TrinityLaban, Laban, Bonnie Bird Theatre, 17/02/09. Yvonne Rainer’s Trio A (1965), with Martin Hargreaves and Robert Coleridge.

In the MOMENT, Festival of improvised dance and music TrinityLaban. Trinity College of Music, 19/02/09. In Between and Around Liminal Places, Van – L Dance Company, Chisenhale Dance Space, 27/02/09. audience : hearing sound installation devised by Rachel Gomme. Sound composition: John Levack Drever. Goldsmiths, University of London, 20/04/09. ____________________________________________________________________ Discography Drever's sound work is published by Pataphonic: *Phonographies: Glasgow, Frankfurt, Exeter (2003) *Cattle Grids of Dartmoor (2006) for SpaceX & Liquid Press, i-dat *Editor of Sounding Dartmoor (2002) for Sonic Arts Network: * Editor of Sounding Soundscape Composition(2001) *Pastoral Pause, 'A Call For Silence', CD curated by Nicolas Collins (2004) *3 Pataphonic Studies, 'Pataphysics' CD curated by Andrew Hugil (2005) for the UK and Ireland Soundscape Community: *Editor of Architectural Soundmarks accompanying CD for Earshot 4: 'Time and Visibility II' (2004) *Editor of Disappearing Soundmarks accompanying CD for Earshot 5: 'NOISE: Debates, Strategies and Methodologies' (2007) Online Compilation curated by Angus Carlyle and Gruenrekorder (2007) *phonographies of glasgow: walk (1999), Autumn Leaves | Field Recording and Soundscape Compilation http://www.myspace.com/johnlevackdrever Read more on Last.fm.

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