Greek sound artist/sound designer/music producer (aka Jeph1) and DMSA student Jeph Vanger was recently awarded the Norman Cook Digital Music and Sound Arts Breakthrough Award 2016/17 for finishing first in his year (Level 5). This is the second year this award has been around and it is a way for showing appreciation to students who excel at their studies. The award was established by famous music producer Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim.
On the occasion of the award, we asked Jeph a few questions.
DMSA: three important words that represent you as a creative person
JW: Sound, Vibration, Viscerality
DMSA: When did you start working with sound and music?
JW: It was right after school (18 years old) when I sold my video game console to buy my first turntable and start experimenting with records, music and sounds.
DMSA: In what ways has the DMSA course supported or help you to develop into who you are today creatively and professionally?
JW: The Digital Music & Sound Arts course in Brighton has made me believe that every single creative idea can be possible through experimentation and exploration. It has also widen my music horizons and helped me to open my ears and listen. In a world where overwhelming amounts of information and screens are taking over our lives through passive immersion, I think that is important to return back to pure non-distractive listening processes. More importantly, the DMSA course has filled me with hope in regards to make my goals and dreams reality as, over this year, I have been already involved in 6 theatre and performance professional projects as a sound designer and composer. Moreover, through the course, I have exhibited sound and visual installations which have been originally made for one of the course’s modules.
DMSA: What are your plans for the near future? projects, events, visions