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John Levack Drever


John Levack Drever

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Drever’s expansive practice represents a cathexis into: human utterance; the minutiae of everyday soundscapes; residual noise; the intersection of acoustic horizon and acoustic arena; the genealogy of phonographic atmos and SFX; (un)natural histories; the gap between documentary and the field; the built environment, prevailing ambiance and pedestrian deportment; intuitions of silence and noise; overhearings, mishearings and acoustic perturbations, etc. – such engagement naturally leads into creating work for specific sites such as the Tower of Winds (an eighteen century octagonal tower in Staffordshire), Goodwin Sands (a tidal sand bank off the Kent coast) and Orford Ness (a decommissioned bomb testing site on the Suffolk coast). Projects are often derived from extensive fieldwork with the aid of field recording and most importantly through the practice of non-technologically mediated soundwalking, exemplified in the triptych, Ochlophonic Studies: Hong Kong (1998-2009). Fundamentally, much of his work is collaborative including projects with Geoff Cox, Rachel Gomme, Alice Oswald, Alaric Sumner, Tony Thatcher, Lawrence Upton, David Behrman and Louise K. Wilson. He is a member of Blind Ditch.

Drever is an active sonic artist and soundscape researcher. He lecturers in Composition and is the head of the Unit for Sound Practice Research at Goldsmiths, University of London. During the autumn semester 2007, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Critical Intermedia Laboratory , School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong.

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