Monday 5th Februady 2018 | 2-5pm | S1
We are happy to have Peter Cusack with us to lead a field recording session with our students around Brighton.
Peter is a field recordist, musician and sound artist with a long interest in the sound environment. He is based in Berlin and London. He has been a lecturer in Sound Arts & Design at the University of the Arts, London from 1998 and is currently a research fellow and member of research group CRiSAP (Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice).
In 1998 he started the Favourite Sounds Project that explores what people find positive about the soundscapes of the places where they live. The project has been carried out world wide including in London, Beijing, Chicago, Prague, Birmingham, Southend on Sea and Berlin and most recently in Hull the UK culture capital for 2017.
His long term project Sounds from Dangerous Places (described as sonic journalism) investigates soundscapes at sites of major environmental damage – the Chernobyl exclusion zone, Caspian oil fields and the Italian city of Taranto (one of western Europe’s worst examples of industrial pollution). Since 2013 the project has researched the Aral Sea, Kazakhstan (where environmental restoration is having some success) and from 2016 the Bialowieza Forest, Poland, which is Europe’s last remaining area of primal forest threatened by increased logging.
During 2011/12 he was DAAD artist-in-residence in During Berlin, where he started ‘Berlin Sonic Places’ a wide-ranging collaborative project on the theme of urban soundscapes and city development. A small book – Berlin Sonic Places: A Brief Guide – was published in November 2017.
Musicially he plays guitar and uses field recordings and photographs in performance. He has played numerous concerts worldwide and collaborated with many international musicians in improvised and other musics.