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Joint Head of Department
Director, TRU (Topology Research Unit)
Programme Convenor, MA Script Writing
My work in film and television over many years has given the basis for continuing links with professionals in those industries. This is most valuable for ensuring that as the programme convenor for MA Script Writing the course is up date with current industry ideas, trends and practices, see also "In Our Own Words." The course is also accredited by Skillset. To this end I am also involved with the Department’s Skillset Media Academy and the Goldsmiths Screen School which among its events each year presents the Olive Till Memorial Debate with leading film directors. These have included the late Anthony Minghella, Danny Boyle, Michael Winterbottom, Stephen Frears and Sir Alan Parker.
My professional experience as a film maker has also informed my research interest in sound, teaching and leading the BA option course Music as Communication and Creativity. This has also lead to my research interests in topology and the formation of the TRU (Topology Research Unit).
Knots & Donuts 3D sound sculpture exhibited with Sound Reasons at Khoj Studio, New Delhi, India, 22nd to 27th March 2013 http://www.khojworkshop.org/project/12344
Embodying Transformation, 3D sound sculpture, Tate Moderm, 19th and 20th Novemeber 2012.
National Portrait Gallery/ BT Road to 2012, Goldsmiths student participation project http://www.gold.ac.uk/calendar/?id=4035
Heaven 17 live visual show, Soul Warfare, music track
Large Scale Immersive Audio Experiment
Grime: Still Risin’ from the Dust, expert on Heritage funded research and documentary project with the Midi Music Company, Deptford.
Methodologies of Affect (ESRC)
Currently I am participating in two research networks outside Goldsmiths:
Beyond Text (AHRC)
Methodologies of Affect (ESRC)
My current research interests have been developed from my filmmaking work to include:
1. Street cultures, music and sound: Reggae Sound Systems and Dancehall style, fashion, aesthetic, attitude, sensibility of this “bass culture” in Jamaica and the UK have been a particular interest of mine for some time. Also important are sonic diaspora and the production, consumption and circulation of this Reggae ‘vibe’ between street and global corporations. (Sonic Bodies, Sound Systems and Bass Culture, forthcoming).
2. Embodiment, rationality and technologies: My interest here is how the practices and mechanisms of auditory propagation can be used as the basis for a critique of the conventional ocularcentric accounts of meaning and communication. This aims to give an account of rationality in terms of evaluative judgment, ratios and analogia, rather than representation or inscription. This emphasises the value and values of auditory as well visual culture and thinking through sound, as well as images. This work on subjectivity and experience began with Changing the Subject. This has led to a current practice as research interest in topology as a concpetual language for understanding, relationships, intenisties and transformations - outisde topology's original field of mathematics. My particular emphasis is on sonic topology and embodied ways of knowing.
3. Music and musicals: As a filmmaker my particular interests are in the genre of the musical (feature film Babymother), which also inspires a research interest. This includes how image and sound work together to make cinematic experience, as well as how musical harmonics, melody and rhythms, and auditory timbres and vibrations can provide alternatives to conventional linear narrative structures. In both fiction and documentary film production improvisation techniques can have similar innovative effects, as was pioneered by the French anthropological filmmaker, the late Jean Rouch (see Rouch in Reverse, We the Ragamuffin).
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