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 arguments within the context of diverse audiovisual practices. The volume’s interdisciplinary perspective contributes to the rich and evolving dialogue surrounding the audiovisual, demonstrating the value and significance of practice informed theory, and theory derived from practice. The ideas and approaches explored within this book will find application in a wide range of contexts across the whole scope of audiovisuality, from visual music and experimental film, to narrative film and documentary, to live performance, sound design and into sonic art and electroacoustic music.

This book is ideal for artists, composers and researchers investigating theoretical positions and compositional practices which bring together sound and image.


(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, as part of the annual Cinema Arts festival MONO X.

Working with the NYPL for Performing Arts film archive, contemporary individual artists, musicians and film distributors, the original project created a programme that brought together a variety of approaches to cinema, ranging from single screen films to more performative and expansive works. Its intention was to celebrate the relationship between image and sound, and emphasise the collaborative and generative possibilities between artists of different disciplines.

In this spirit, for the 2019 tour, Hobbs and Hill have chosen to invite additional musicians/artists from each city where the project will be performed. For the Leeds event, artist and University Academic Fellow Sam Belinfante will join to offer additional sonic elements throughout the evening.


The programme is divided into four movements:

  1. Nature Morte, Jim Hobbs (10 minutes)

2. Score and (Re)Score, various artists:

•Mary Ellen Bute, Rhythm in Light, 1936, 5 mins (new live score)

•Stan Brakhage, Garden of Earthly Delights, 1981, 2 mins (silent)

•Bruce Conner, Cosmic Ray, 1961, 4 mins (original score)

•David Leister, Headgear, 1998, 6 mins (new live score)

•Guy Sherwin & Lyn Loo, Washi 1, 2014, 4 mins (new live score)

•Hiroshi Yamazaki, Heliography, 1979, 6 mins (original score)

•Ben Rivers, House, 2006, 5 mins (new live score)

3. Projections, Andrew Hill (10 minutes)

4. Vientos Fuertes (Strong Winds), Jim Hobbs (15 minutes)


(I)MAGESOUND(S) – eContact! 19.2 — Light+Sound / Lumière+son (October / octobre 2017) –


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 orchestra concerts – we bring together artists and experts to investigate sound and sound-image phenomena.

Special Guests:

Annette Vande Gorne, composer and artistic director of the international festival L’espace du son, brings her extensive ouvre to London to present a concert of multichannel acousmatic.

Tickets for Annette Vande Gorne’s Concert ONLY:

Terry Flaxton has worked for decades with sound composition, photography and film. His work today focuses on durational forms of the digital including sound, video, print and installation.

Conference Dinner:

There will be a 3 course conference dinner, price £45 per person on Saturday 9 November, 8.30pm which can be booked when selecting tickets.

Provisional Programme can be viewed here (will be subject to change):

Further information:

Should you have any questions or queries please contact the conference team by email:

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.


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 and Bret Battey as special guests for this third instalment of SOUND/IMAGE.


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