News & Events

Welcome to the Blog Pages for Sound Design at Greenwich.

Here you will find information about our events, research activities and facilities.

We regularly host concerts, screenings and talks showcasing the work of students, staff and international experts in our field.

Recent events are listed below, or you can use the links here to jump to details about our:

Audiovisual Practice

Why do certain sounds seem to “fit” with certain images while others do not? What can sound and image relationships tell us about the way we perceive the world? How can we reintegrate performance into audiovisual practices? These are some of the questions which drive our audiovisual research activities. Seeking to innovate through both practice-research …

Sound and Image: Aesthetics and Practices [AVAILABLE JUNE 2020] Sound and Image: Aesthetics and Practices brings together international artist scholars to explore diverse sound and image practices, applying critical perspectives to interrogate and evaluate both the aesthetics and practices that underpin the audiovisual. Contributions draw upon established discourses in electroacoustic music, media art history, film studies, critical theory and dance; framing and critiquing these …


(I)MAGESOUND(S) is a project that embraces an expanded experience of the cinematic, locating historical and contemporary artists’ work alongside the work of Jim Hobbs and Andrew Hill. The concept for the programme was originally born out of a research project/commission by Mono No Aware and The New York Public Library (NYPL) for the Performing Arts, …


Maison des Arts Sonores – Loudspeaker Orchestra Concert

Date: Wednesday 18th March 2020 Time: 7pm – 10pm Location: St. Alfege Church, Greenwich, London Tickets: £5 or offer £30 for 7 Concerts in the Loudspeaker Concert Series Tickets available at: Artistic director Julien Guillamet presents a diverse concert of electroacoustic and acousmatic works developed by the composers and partners of the Montpellier based …

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Theremin Centenary Concert (w. Lydia Kavina) – Loudspeaker Orchestra Concert

Date: Wednesday 19th February 2020 Time: 7pm – 10pm Location: St. Alfege Church, Greenwich, London Tickets: £5 or offer £30 for 7 Concerts in the Loudspeaker Concert Series Tickets available at: Virtuoso Lydia Kavina leads a Theremin ensemble in a diverse programme celebrating the one hundredth anniversary of the invention of the Theremin. Theremin …


Explore Ensemble – Loudspeaker Orchestra Concert

Date: Tuesday 28th January 2020 Time: 7pm – 10pm Location: St. Alfege Church, Greenwich, London Tickets: £5 or offer £30 for 7 Concerts in the Loudspeaker Concert Series Tickets available at: Concert Programme Featuring works for instruments and live electronics, reimagined and adapted forloudspeaker orchestra, from stereo to 16.1 surround. – Natasha Barrett Sagittarius …


Gerriet K. Sharma & Angela McArthur – Loudspeaker Orchestra Concert

The Aesthetics of Sound As Space Gerriet K. Sharma & Angela McArthur Date: Wednesday 4th December 2019 Time: 7pm – 10pm Location: St. Alfege Church, Greenwich, London Tickets: £5 or offer £30 for 7 Concerts in the Loudspeaker Concert Series Tickets available at: Gerriet K. Sharma and Angela McArthur present a concert of works …



SOUND/IMAGE 19 – Exploring Sonic and Audio-Visual Practice Dates: 9-10th November 2019 This colloquium hosted by the School of Design of the University of Greenwich, explores the relationship between sounds and images, and the images which sounds can construct by themselves. —– —– —– Through a series of complementary strands – talks, screenings and loudspeaker …


Annette Vande Gorne – Loudspeaker Orchestra Concert

Date: Saturday 9th November 2019 Time: 7pm – 10pm Location: University of Greenwich, 10 Stockwell Street, London SE10 9BD Tickets: £5 or offer £30 for 7 Concerts in the Loudspeaker Concert Series This event will be included in the cost of the SOUND/IMAGE19 Conference ticket which can be booked here: World leading composer Annette Vande …


INA GRM Groupe de Recherches Musicales – Loudspeaker Orchestra Concert

Date: Wednesday 6th November 2019 Time: 7pm – 10pm Location: St. Alfege Church, Greenwich, London Tickets: £5 or offer £30 for 7 Concerts in the Loudspeaker Concert Series —– INA / GRM – Groupe de Recherches Musicales, visit us from Paris to present a rare London concert featuring a programme of acousmatic music featuring both …

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Immersive Hyperreal Soundscapes – w. Paula Fairfield & Brona Martin

On the 24th and 31st July 2019 in Highgate we put on diverse programmes of soundscape and electronic music presented in the Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology of L-ISA Ocean by L-Acoustics. Go behind the scenes to find out more in the following short documentary films: Learning about our successful Loudspeaker Orchestra concerts series, innovative audio …


Simon Atkinson / Night Music – Loudspeaker Orchestra Concert

Date: Wednesday 16th October 2019 Time: 7pm – 10pm Location: St. Alfege Church, Greenwich, London Tickets: £5 or offer £30 for 7 Concerts in the Loudspeaker Concert Series —– Simon Atkinson presents a programme of acousmatic and lowercase music inspired by the nocturnal and evocative of the night, projected over the Loudspeaker Orchestra. Simon is Associate …


19/20 Loudspeaker Orchestra Concert Series

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our Loudspeaker Concert Series 2019/20. This year we welcome: Simon Atkinson, Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM), Annette Vande Gorne, Gerriet K. Sharma and Angela McArthur, Explore Ensemble, Lydia Kavina and Maison des Arts Sonores. Tickets are available through our events page, please do book in advance to …


SOUND/IMAGE19 Special Guests Announced!

We are delighted to announced the very special guests who will be joining us for SOUND/IMAGE19. Annette Vande Gorne Annette Vande Gorne can be heard in concert (more than 500) in many European countries, as well as Canada, China and South America, presenting repertory works of acousmatics in addition to her own works, usually on …


Annie Mahtani – Loudspeaker Orchestra Concert

Real world sounds are transformed, manipulated and restructured to explore the juxtaposition of real, abstract and surreal soundworlds. Annie Mahtani’s work explores electronic music composition in all its facets, from acousmatic music to free improvisation and including collaborations within dance, theatre and site-specific installations. With a strong interest in field recording, her work often explores …


Linear Obsessional – Loudspeaker Orchestra Concert – 20th February, 7pm

An eclectic programme of field recordings, noise and drone music from this local independent label. Linear Obsessional is a label for limited edition CDs and records, and for unlimited free/name-your-price digital recordings of experimental and improvised music, and other sounds that fall between the cracks of category and genre.   RESERVE A PLACE HERE: …


Emma Butt – Guest Lecture – Feb 22nd, 5pm

Sound Design at Greenwich is delighted to invite Emma Butt (Freelance Dubbing Mixer, Sound Editor/ Designer and ADR recordist) to present a talk on her varied career with insights into various Sound Design practices. This talk is open to all but is especially relevant for students of Sound Design, Film or Music with an interest …


electrothèque announce sponsorship of “Electroacoustic Music in Great Britain” event

We’re delighted to announce that we have a sponsor! We’re going to be sponsored by electrothèque, who have kindly offered a one-month free subscription to all attendees! Registration for the event is open now!


Electroacoustic Music in Great Britain: Past / Present / Future

Celebrating 40 years since the founding of EMAS (The Electroacoustic Music Association of Great Britain*), the British ElectroAcoustic Network, in association with the School of Design, University of Greenwich, invite you to join us for a weekend of talks, concerts and discussions celebrating the achievements of Electroacoustic music in the UK. Throughout the weekend, we …


Barry Truax – Concert 4th December (plus Student Talk and Tutorials)

On the 4th December we were delighted to welcome Barry Truax to present an an extended concert as part of our Loudspeaker Orchestra concert series. Lucky Sound Design students were also able to book up for one-to-one tutorials with Barry providing insights and advice on their compositional projects. ————— Barry Truax is a composer of …


SOUND/IMAGE18 – November 10th / 11th

This weekend saw the fourth SOUND/IMAGE colloquium hosted in Greenwich and welcoming a host of international artists and thinkers focussing on the topic of sound and image composition and perception. Click here for the full programme and abstracts.


Guest Lecture – Prof. Görne talks Crossmodal Metaphors in Sound composition for Image

We were delighted to welcome Prof. Thomas Görne from our ERASMUS partner HAW Hamburg to give a lecture to our Sound and Image students. Prof. Görne discussed how recent research in perceptual psychology can help inform Sound Design practice.


Roger Alsop – University of Melbourne – provides masterclass to Creative Coding students

On Friday 9th November, students on the Creative Coding programme received a masterclass from Roger Alsop, University of Melbourne providing insight to the use of Max/MSP in creative projects (students are using Max/ MSP to develop their own projects).


Electroacoustic Music in Great Britain – call for pieces and papers

Call for contributions: Electroacoustic Music in Great Britain: Past/Present/Future (26th / 27th January 2019) Marking the 40th anniversary of the founding of EMAS (The Electroacoustic Music Association of Great Britain) Electroacoustic Music in Great Britain: Past/Present/Future seeks to explore the varied history, and vibrant present, of electroacoustic music practice in the UK. In celebration of …


Simon Emmerson – Concert 10/10/18

We were delighted to invite Simon Emmerson to present a concert of works in the beautiful musical church of St Alfege. This was a sublime event. The first of many in the space.   View the full collection of images here.  


Simon Emmerson – Guest Lecture – 10th October

In advance of his concert Prof. Emmerson gave a talk to assembled students about his compositional practice and the inspirations between his works that combine live instrumental performance and recorded and electronic processed sound. Concert –


Ben Ramsay – Concert 21/09/18


Loudspeaker Orchestra Concert Series 2018 / 2019

We are delighted to announce our 2018/19 Loudspeaker Orchestra Concert series. One Record Label Launch, Two Weekend Colloquia, Eleven Loudspeaker Orchestra Concerts A diversity of musical styles and approaches from an international array of leading composers.


Beginning of the Academic Year 2018/19

Dear Sound Designers, It’s almost time to begin another year and I am very much looking forward to welcoming you back to Greenwich. Geoff and the technicians have been busy over the summer with upgrades to the studios and we look forward to receiving some new equipment over the next few weeks which will begin …


Listen, listen listen there is so much inspiration to get.

“If you want to do sound design for movies, then you should watch a lot of movies and really listen to the movies. Find out what your favorite film sounds like and how they are using sounds and approaching sounds. Look at details like how the dialogue sounds and when they use silence and when …


Paula Fairfield – Game of Thrones Sound Design

Emmy Award Winning Sound Designer, Paula Fairfield reveals how she designed sound for the iconic creatures in Game of Thrones. With surround sound examples and stems from major scenes in Season 7, Paula will discuss the evolution of creature sound sets: including the dragons, the wights, the Whitewalkers, the polar bear, the direwolves, and the …


Richard Addis – HALO Post Production – Guest Lecture

Richard Addis (Senior Operations Manager at HALO Post Production) visited students providing an insight into the world of Post Production with examples of current recent projects. HALO Post Production is one of the leading studios for post-production sound. Based in London’s Soho, halo provides television and film producers with the full range of post production …


Top 10 Best Sound Designed Films of All Time?

CineFix published a video of what they believe to be the top ten best Sound Designed films. “Everyone can appreciate a film’s visuals, but good sound are (at least) half the artistry of a movie. Today we pay tribute to some of the best Sound Design out there. Subscribe: From explosions in pitched battle …


Orchestra of Noise

Luigi Russolo was one of the Italian Futurists, a group of thinkers and artists who imagines a new art for the modern world. the famous manifesto Art of Noises was published in 1913. But, not content with just imagining new sounds, Russolo set about building his own orchestra of noise machines. The originals have been …


Centuries of Sound

The development of recording changed forever the way in which we engage with sound. Sounds were no longer ephemeral, transient events, but physical concrete objects which could be replayed and manipulated. Centuries of Sound is celebrating the rich history of recorded sound by releasing a mixtape for every single year of recorded sound from 1860 …



The Sound/Image colloquium explores the relationships between sounds and images, and the images which sounds can construct by themselves. Through a series of complementary strands – talks, screenings, loudspeaker orchestra concerts – we will bring together artists and experts to investigate sound and sound-image phenomena. This year we are delighted to invite Yves Daoust, Holly Rogers …



On Friday 3rd November, the Science Museum hosts an interdisciplinary workshop on ‘language describing sound / sound emulating language’ Info and registration: Sound Talking is a one-day event at the London Science Museum that seeks to explore the complex relationships between language and sound, both historically and in the present day. It aims to identify the …


“Have we reached peak Hans Zimmer?”

Hot on the tails of our recent post about the BRAAM, comes an announcement of a one day workshop exploring the influence of the work of Hans Zimmer. The workshop looks to be an interesting day of talks taking place at City University. “Have we reached peak Hans Zimmer?” Wednesday 25/10, 4-6 pm City, University …


The Braaam™

Aidan Finden, second year Sound Design student, recently shared this podcast about the now ubiquitous “Braaam™”. This iconic is found in action films and trailers everywhere, but where did it come from? Why is it so effective? “An episode about the type of sound The Inception Sound is, the controversy surrounding that sounds authorship, and …


Royal Television Society (RTS) Awards & Sound Masterclasses

The RTS has announced its call for works for this years Student Awards with a specific “Undergraduate Sound” category. Deadline for submission is October 20th. Follow the link for more details: They have also released details of their masterclass programmes which will take place on November 15th. : A video of the 2016 Sound Masterclass …


Filtered Experience

An interesting article was recently shared around social media highlighting the trend of people deliberately filtering pop songs in order to create dramatic affect. “If you’ve ever snuck upstairs during a house party to sit in your friend’s room to pet her dog, just for a minute, just for a quick break from all …


Adam Stanović & Alumni – Concert – 22/9/17

The first of our 2017/18 concert season, this loudspeaker orchestra concert presents works created by Composers and Sound Designers at the University of Greenwich alongside special guest Adam Stanović. This is a great opportunity to experience a concert of ‘spatial audio’. Composers will use live surround sound diffusion mixing to perform their pieces spatially within …


Abstracted Journeys in Moscow – September 2017

Abstracted Journeys, a composition by Andrew Hill (Lecturer in Sound Design and Music Technology, and Programme Leader of the BA Sound Design programme at Greenwich), is to be performed as part of the 35th General Assembly of International Confederation of Electroacoustic Music CIME, Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, September 25 – 28, 2017. One of three compositions …


K-Music Festival: 15th September / 25th October

The K-Music Festival is a part of the 2017-18 Korea/UK season, they have commissioned some exciting new collaborations with international artists from across the musical spectrum. The festival begins on Fri 15 Sept. and runs until Weds 25 Oct. across London. We open with Black String & Kathryn Tickell at the Union Chapel on the …

New Academic Year – 17/18

We’re excited that the new academic year is only around the corner. This year students will engage in a wide range of creative projects, have visiting lectures from a wide range of industry professionals and develop their skills in manipulating and controlling sound. Our cohort of Sound Design students is set to expand by 2/3 …


Greenwich Graduate Show

Students present their major project work at the CPDA graduate show. This event features an exhibition of installations and gallery work, screenings of films and a Film and Television Award Ceremony with a wide array of industry sponsors. Its an opportunity for students to engage directly with members of the public and build their employability …


Sonic Interactions – Concert

Loudspeaker Orchestra Student Showcase – May 25th, 6:30pm Students from Sound Design and Greenwich present their sound and audiovisual works on the Loudspeaker Orchestra, marking the climax of the 2017 academic year. This is an opportunity for students to showcase their work to the public. To join them we invite students from the University of …


Student awarded prestigious Jack Straw Artist Residency in Seattle USA

PhD student Russel Duke has been awarded a prestigious residency prize to develop his sound compositions. The Jack Straw Cultural Centre is a sonic arts organisation based in Seattle. Each year they offer only 8 residency scholarships, and Russel was selected from hundreds of applicants to be one of the recipients for 2017/18. Find out …

Brona Martin – Loudspeaker Orchestra Concert – 20/1/17

On the 20th January we welcomed composer Brona Martin to present a concert of her multichannel compositions alongside works by Sound Design students. Her works explore our relationship to sounds though memory and montage. Find out more:

Sound / Image 2016

SOUND/IMAGE COLLOQUIUM 2016 Sound/Image Colloquium: Exploring sonic and audio-visual practice On the 12-13 November 2016 we held another highly successful Sound/ Image colloquium. We invited speakers from over ten countries to share their work and ideas around audio-visual practice, exploring the relationships between sounds and images, and the images which sounds can construct by themselves. This …


International Festival and Conference of Innovative Sound Design At the start of October,  Dr. Andrew Hill (BA Sound Design programme leader) attended CINESONIKA 2016 to present his work alongside Academy Award winning Sound Editor David E. Stone (Bram Stoker’s Dracula), two time Emmy Award winning Production Sound Recordist Peter Damski (Mad About You) and Foley Artist Vanessa Ament. The …

Erik Nyström – Loudspeaker Orchestra Concert – 22/9/16

The first of our 2016/17 concert season, this loudspeaker orchestra concert presents works created by Composers and Sound Designers at the University of Greenwich alongside special guest Erik Nyström. This is a great opportunity to experience a concert of ‘spatial audio’. Composers will use live surround sound diffusion mixing to perform their pieces spatially within …

Inspiral London: Day of Sound – @ University of Greenwich – 24/9/16

As part of Inspiral London Festival 2016, join us in Greenwich on Saturday September 24th 2016 for Inspiral London: Day of Sound. CLICK TO BOOK Looking at sound walking, field recording and live audio streaming, we’ll consider how actively listening to the soundscapes around us can enhance our awareness and understanding of the spaces in …

Sound / Image 2016: Call for Submissions

We are seeking submissions for the 2016 Sound/Image Colloquium. Visit the Sound/Image 2016 page to make a submission or find out more. Sound/Image Colloquium: Exploring sonic and audio-visual practice 12-13 November 2016 The Sound/Image colloquium is interested in exploring the relationships between sounds and images, and the images which sounds can construct by themselves. Through …

Sound Design BA – Launches September 2016

This September marks the launch of the BA Sound Design programme at the University of Greenwich. We are very excited and have been making final preparations to the studios and facilities as well as developing an active programme of concerts and events throughout the year. Latest news will be posted here on the news blog. …

Sound / Image – 2015

(November 2015) An international colloquium on sound and audio-visual practice. With talks from international experts, screenings and loudspeaker orchestra concerts from artists and composers. Click here for more info:


Manuella Blackburn Concert

(October 2015) Composer Manuella Blackburn headlined a concert of works on the Loudspeaker Orchestra. The concert featured works from Manuella and Sound Design Students from Greenwich.


Drawing towards Sound: Visualising the Sonic

(March / April 2015) An exhibition, with select performances, examining the interface between the visual and the aural through notation, documentation, performance and video/moving image.


Noise Colloquium 2015

(March 2015) A two-day colloquium to exploring noise in music and art. Noise as a concept that embraces the expressive, the idea of noise as a resistance and, through mutating repetition, a catalyst for creative production. From this perspective noise moves out of the solely auditory register into a multisensory realm of non- representational logic. …


Stille Lyd

(January 2015) A surround sound concert of electroacoustic music works performed by loudspeaker orchestra. Collaboration with the Norwegian Centre for Technology in Music and the Arts (NOTAM), featuring works composed by Andrew Hill, with pieces by contemporary composers based at NOTAM, and a performance of the original four channel version of the piece ‘Solitaire’ by the Norwegian …