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.


REGISTER HERE -> https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/electroacoustic-music-association-of-great-britain-40th-anniversary-tickets-52904275111



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.

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 this significant anniversary, the British ElectroAcoustic Network, in association with the School of Design, University of Greenwich, invite you to contribute to a weekend of talks, concerts and discussions celebrating the achievements of Electroacoustic music in the UK and to project forwards toward new futures.

For more information about the event, and details of the call for pieces and papers, please visit the British ElectroAcoustic Network website: https://britishelectroacousticnetwork.com/emas-40th-anniversary/

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 they use noise. Basically, what kind of sounds they use to get the optimal reaction. For me, my advice is to listen to the world, listen to the movies, listen to a lot of sounds. There is so much inspiration to get.”

Sound Designer Peter Albrechtsen talks about his practice, on the importance of collaboration, similarities between documentary and fiction film practices and taking inspiration from the world around us.


Peter Albrechtsen – IMDb page

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.

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: http://goo.gl/9AGRm

From explosions in pitched battle to the judicious use of silence; from Foley effects to fully immersive soundscapes, what you hear in movies shapes the experience of watching them in ways you may not even consciously realize at the time. And these 10 movies illustrate that fact wonderfully.

What do you think of the list? What movie do you think of has having great sound? Do you think we left anything off the list, or put something undeserving on? “

Do you agree with their choices? What’s missing?

Find out more: Study Sound Design at Greenwich

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 long lost but researchers developed a new array of instruments form the original patents.


“I had a very extensive map of what he was after,” he explains. “I knew where he was coming from scientifically and aesthetically. I had spent years recreating his environment, and I had plenty of sources, diaries, poems…I feel that all the guesses I made match Russolo’s descriptions of the instruments quite well. For example, he described one of the instruments as the sound of water gurgling inside a pipe, and what I built sounds just like that.”

These instruments could be considered some of the earliest synthesisers. Tools to create new sounds are used extensively in sound design for film and media, these are sometimes electronic / digital, but there is no substitute for creating sounding objects for recording.

Find out more: Study Sound Design at Greenwich.

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 to the present day.


Understanding the history and development of sound recording can still inspire us today. And in sound recording, sometimes the oldest tricks are the best.

Find out more: Study Sound Design at the University of Greenwich.