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.

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.


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 ice dragon.

Exploring her inspirations and the challenges encountered along the way (like the dragons growing up), Paula will reveal the challenges of Sound Design for a Major Television Production such as Game of Thrones and the importance of careful planning, especially in a series that can potentially span years.



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.

Her passion is high concept sound design and her main interest is working with visionary filmmakers, which is clearly reflected in her resume and her background as an artist. Paula is from a tiny town in Nova Scotia and has a BFA from NSCAD University in Halifax, N.S. During her career as an exhibiting artist, she was the co-director of Canada’s foremost media art center, Charles Street Video. Her art work resides in several collections worldwide, including the National Gallery of Canada. She started her commercial sound work in Toronto with Sound Dogs before relocation to Los Angeles in 1998. In 2014, she established her sound design company Eargasm Inc.

Paula will be debuting her new immersive audio work “Ocean of Tears” in 2018/9 at the University of Greenwich in London. Current projects include “Game of Thrones”, “Tom Clacy’s Jack Ryan” (Amazon, August) and the upcoming Robert Rodriguez/James Cameron “Angel Battle Alita”, due December this year.

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 services.