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 manufacturer L-Acoustics approached Sound Design at Greenwich to curate a series of loudspeaker concerts utilising the new L-ISA Ocean technology installed at their Highgate Studio.

Support from the Higher Education Investment Fund through the University of Greenwich enabled the commission and development of new works by world leading Sound Designer Paula Fairfield (Game of Thrones, The River, LOST) and electroacoustic composer Brona Martin as well as from Sound Design at Greenwich composers Mateo Monje-Shefford, Walter Baccoli, Jerry Dewing, Jodie Clarke-Mattis and Andrew Knight-Hill.

The works presented explore the possibilities inherent in the 24 channel L-ISA Ocean System, engaging space as a key compositional parameter, to immerse and envelop audiences in rich new worlds of sound.

These concerts of electronic, electroacoustic, soundscapes are FREE but spaces are LIMITED, thus booking is essential.


Paula Fairfield is an International and Emmy award winning sound designer for tv, film, commercials, and basically anything that makes noise. She has eight Emmy nominations with one win for her work on Game of Thrones, along with multiple wins and nominations for her work in both The US and Canada. During her career she has had the privilege of working on tv projects such as the iconic LOST and visionary filmmakers like Robert Rodriguez, Brian DePalma, Paul McGuigan and Darren Aronofsky.


Brona Martin is an Electroacoustic composer and sound artist from Banagher, Co. Offaly, Ireland. Her work deals with questions of narrative in Electroacoustic music, soundscape composition, acoustic ecology and spatialisation. She composes acousmatic works in a variety of spatial audio formats (stereo, 5.1 and 8-channel), which feature the creative exploration of soundscapes from Ireland, Manchester, East Coast Australia, Spain and Germany.

Her works have been performed internationally at EMS, ACMC, ICMC, NYCEMF, ISSTA, ZKM, BEAST, Balance/Unbalance, SSSP, iFIMPaC, Sonorities and MANTIS.


Sound Design at Greenwich is committed to introducing new audiences to diverse sonic practices. Its popular public concert series presents regular events featuring world leading electroacoustic music practitioners, the annual SOUND/IMAGE conference explores audiovisual practices, while its lecture series welcomes top industry professionals working in Post-Production sound.

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 Professor and a founding member of the MTI: Institute for Sonic Creativity at De Montfort University, Leicester. His work is primarily in musical composition made possible through digital technologies, exploring the evolution of timbre and texture through time. He has worked in a diverse and eclectic range of musical projects, mediums and contexts over the years, recently in notable collaborations with dance and digital dance.

The Loudspeaker Orchestra presents immersive acoustic experiences through programmed concerts of multichannel sound design, sonic art and electroacoustic music. Regular concerts, featuring work by international artists alongside students of Sound Design, take place in and around Greenwich.

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 avoid disappointment!

What is the Loudspeaker Orchestra?

The Loudspeaker Orchestra presents immersive acoustic experiences through programmed concerts of multichannel sound design, sonic art and electroacoustic music. 

Our 19/20 concert series celebrates European community through contemporary music, welcoming leading international artists to present their work in the historic musical church of St Alfege in Greenwich.

16 October – Simon Atkinson: Night Music [UK]

6 November – INA / GRM: Groupe de Recherches Musicales [FR]

9 November – Annette Vande Gorne [BE]

9/10 November – SOUND/IMAGE conference*

4 December – Gerriet K. Scharma & Angela McArthur – IKO Project [DE]

28 January – Explore Ensemble [UK]

19 February – Theremin Centenary Concert w. Lydia Kavina [RU]

18 March – Maison des Arts Sonores [FR]

Concerts Start – 7pm  St Alfege Church, Greenwich SE10 9BJ
*SOUND/IMAGEConference Start – 10am11 Stockwell Street, SE10 9BD–london/loudspeaker-orchestra/?page=1

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 a 80-loudspeaker acousmonium. Her music focuses on the sounding energies of nature; she uses natural sounds and transforms them in studio to create an abstract, expressive, and non-anecdotal musical language. The relationship between text and music is another subject she often explores. She produced an acousmatic opera “yawar fiesta” which completely renews the genre while creating a link with the past. She studied classical music at the Royal Conservatory of Mons and Brussels, and with Jean Absil (fuga, instrumental composition). She also studied electroacoustic composition with Reibel and Schaeffer at the Paris National Conservatory. She is the artistic director of Brussels’ international acousmatic festival L’espace du son, and of the international competitions Espace du son (spatialization) and Métamorphoses (acousmatic composition). Vande Gorne founded and still leads the non-profit association Musiques & Recherches, and the studio Métamorphose d’Orphée (founded in 1982). She is the publisher of the electronic Lien and of the Electrodoc documentation center She taught electroacoustic composition: Royal Conservatories of Liege, Brussels and Mons where she created a complete electroacoustic department in 2002. Professor emeritus since 2016.

Terry Flaxton

British artist Terry Flaxton (b. 1953) has worked for decades with sound composition, photography and film, developing a particular interest in analogue video during the 1970s. He received a BA Hons in Communication Design in 1979 and spent over 30 years working as a cinematographer, which included shooting the third ever electronically captured movie with Channel 4 and the BFI’s Out of Order in 1986. His work today focuses on durational forms of the digital including sound, video, print and installation. He is widely recognised as an artist who creates challenging moving image work that has been featured in publications including A History of Video Art, Bloomsbury, 2006 and 2014; Diverse Practices, University of Luton Press, 1996; and A Directory of British Film and Video, Arts Council England, 1997. His works are held in various collections including Lux London, Video les Beaux Jours Strasbourg and AICE Milan. His 2008 work In Re Ansel Adams is in the permanent collections of the Harris Museum in Preston and the Royal West of England Academy of Art.

For updates on SOUND/IMAGE19 head over to our Facebook page!

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 the inherent sonic nature and identity of environmental sound, amplifying sonic characteristics that are not normally audible to the naked ear.

Annie is also co-director of SOUNDkitchen, a Birmingham based collective of curators, producers and performers of live electronic music and sound art.




The Loudspeaker Orchestra presents immersive acoustic experiences through programmed concerts of multichannel sound design, sonic art and electroacoustic music. Regular concerts, featuring work by international artists alongside students of Sound Design, take place in and around Greenwich.

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.




The Loudspeaker Orchestra presents immersive acoustic experiences through programmed concerts of multichannel sound design, sonic art and electroacoustic music. Regular concerts, featuring work by international artists alongside students of Sound Design, take place in and around Greenwich.

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 in developing their own career in the creative industries.


With over 10 years experience in post-production sound on a variety of projects from mixing documentaries and entertainment shows, short form commercials, short films and animations to ADR recording for dramas and feature films and sound editing experience on a wide variety of projects.

Her career began at Screen Scene Post Production in Ireland where she spent 9 years. working as an ADR recordist on Game of Thrones, Vikings, Ripper Street and Frank with Lenny Abrahamson to name a few. Twice nominated for an Irish Film and Television Academy award – once for animated series ‘Punky’ and again for the documentary ‘My Fathers War’ – she also received a certificate of merit from the Emmys for her ADR work on Series 5 of Game of Thrones.

In the last 3 years Emma has been working at some well-known London post houses, before deciding to step into the world of freelancing.

A council member of the Association of Motion Picture Sound Engineers and a mentor with the Media Trust on both of their schemes to help young kids get work in the creative industries. She is also a new contributor to the online blog, Pro Tools Expert, which is a well known resource for anyone working in audio across music, post and live sound.

Emma’s ADR credits include:

Dr Who
Game of Thrones
Ripper Street

Mixing and Sound editing credits include:

Swipe Right for Murder
World War 2 Treasure Hunters
MPS: Behind Closed Doors
Britain at War: The imperial War Museum

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 hope to explore the varied history, and vibrant present, of electroacoustic music practice in the UK, and to project forwards toward new futures.

Featuring: Simon Emmerson; Evelyn Ficarra; Rolf Gehlhaar; Jonty Harrison; Katharine Norman; Denis Smalley; Jo Thomas; Trevor Wishart; Robert Worby …

… Among many others.





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!

* EMAS would go on to become the Sonic Arts Network. Which in-turn later became a part of Sound & Music.

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 soundscape and context-based music best known for his work with the PODX computer music system which he has used for tape solo works and those which combine tape with live performers or computer graphics.

He worked with the World Soundscape Project, editing its Handbook for Acoustic Ecology, and has published a book Acoustic Communication dealing with all aspects of sound and technology.

Professor Emeritus in the School of Communication and (formerly) the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University, Barry taught courses in acoustic communication and electroacoustic composition, specializing in soundscape composition.


This event was so popular that it sold out months in advance and guests had to stand in the gallery! We hope that Barry will be able to visit us again soon as there is clear demand for him and his music in Greenwich.


The Loudspeaker Orchestra presents immersive acoustic experiences through programmed concerts of multichannel sound design, sonic art and electroacoustic music. Regular concerts, featuring work by international artists alongside students of Sound Design, take place in and around Greenwich.