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Dr Lisa Busby

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PositionSenior Lecturer, Pathway Leader and Admissions Tutor for MMus Creative Practice
Department Music
Email l.busby (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7659
Dr Lisa Busby

I consciously embrace the artistic philosophies of 'availablism' (using the resources and skills available to you at any given time) and 'all-ism' (utilisation of various methods and media without hierarchy). I am interested in areas of practice where specialism meets the non-specialist, the prosaic; work which seeks to push boundaries and challenge existing ideas, but remain inclusive; means of expression that are not cordoned off by technical skill, training, economic factors. These ideas manifest in the appropriation of domestic and everyday objects and found musical texts as a tool for original composition or creation, and the deliberate embrace of DIY strategies and methods.

Lisa Busby is a London-based composer, vocalist, and DJ. She performs and composes with bands The Nomadic Female DJ Troupe, Rutger Hauser and Sleeps in Oysters, as well as working independently as a solo artist. She is particularly interested in using domestic or outdated playback media as instruments, but also works in long duration forms, performance video, text based score, installation and site specific performance. Throughout her work she explores the fringes of song, and how pop culture artefacts can be set in new and unusual contexts. 
 
Lisa has performed and exhibited in various solo and group situations internationally including at The Royal Institute of Art (Stockholm), Inter Arts Centre (Malmö), Tate Modern, The Southbank Centre, The Ashmolean, Modern Art Oxford, Wysing Arts, The Arnolfini, and Café Oto; and worked with curators including Verkligheten (Umeå), Supernormal, The Surround, Electra, Audiograft, Oxford Contemporary Music, Sainsonscape, and and RadioPhrenia (with CCA Glasgow and Borealis Bergen).
 
She has released with record labels Seed and The Lumen Lake. She runs the archive and distro project 'Editions of You', supporting self-publishing and self-releasing musicians.

 

Academic qualifications

Lisa Busby studied Popular Music (BA Hons - Barnsley College/University of Sheffield, 2000-3) followed by Masters study in Electro-acoustic Composition (University of Huddersfield, 2004-5) for which she was awarded the institution's Postgraduate Music Technology Prize. At doctoral level (Oxford Brookes University, 2005-10) she examined interdisciplinarity within the arts as it relates to popular music, specifically exploring methodologies and contexts for the integration of popular music and other arts practices.

Teaching

At Undergraduate level Lisa leads the Sampling & Recycling segment of Folk & Urban Musics; and modules DIY Practice & Alternative Sites for Music, and Creative Research Project. She contributes to the teaching of Songwriting and Production. At Postgraduate level Lisa is the Pathway Leader for the MMus in Creative Practice, teaches the Interdisciplinary Collaboration project as part of the Studio Practice module, and leads the modules Popular Music Composition and Creative Project.

Lisa founded and helps run, alongside John Harries, Goldsmiths Songwriters, the undergraduate songwriting club.

Research Interests

DIY, Domesticity, Feminism and Gender Activism in Sound and Music, Turntablism, Underground and Fringe Music Making, Experimental Electronic Music and Sound, Improvisation, Long Duration Performance, Text Based Score, Site-specific Performance.

Publications

Composition

Ovarium
Busby, Lisa. 2016. Ovarium.

Fingers in the Gloss
Busby, Lisa. 2015. Fingers in the Gloss.

3 Scores, 3 Rooms
Busby, Lisa. 2015. 3 Scores, 3 Rooms.

Future//Past: a series of interventions into The Greatest Hits of The Spice Girls
Busby, Lisa. 2015. Future//Past: a series of interventions into The Greatest Hits of The Spice Girls.

Negotiating with the dead: A self-help programme for composers
Busby, Lisa. 2014. Negotiating with the dead: A self-help programme for composers.

Performance

I begin alone in this action: a series of sounding zones
Busby, Lisa. 2014. I begin alone in this action: a series of sounding zones. In: "Survival Kit Umea", Verkligheten Gallery and various outdoor venues in Umea, Sweden, 12/9/14-4/10/14.

Moths Wings
Busby, Lisa. 2013. Moths Wings. In: "Obsessions", Modern Art Oxford, United Kingdom.

The incredible adventures of M.Courage, or What if you were already as important as the person you are trying to be?
Busby, Lisa. 2009. The incredible adventures of M.Courage, or What if you were already as important as the person you are trying to be?. In: "Plus 1", Dray Walk Gallery, Brick Lane, United Kingdom.

Song for Nettie
Busby, Lisa. 2007. Song for Nettie. In: "Paisley: The Teardrop Explodes", Pitz-Hanger Manor Gallery, Ealing, United Kingdom.

Project

Shit! I can DJ
Busby, Lisa. 2010—2013 Shit! I can DJ.

Editions of You
Busby, Lisa. 2009. Editions of You.

Article

Guest Curator: Lisa Busby
Busby, Lisa. 2013. Guest Curator: Lisa Busby. hernoise.org,

Book Section

Collage, cut up and pop mantras: Post-digital approaches to songwriting
Busby, Lisa. 2017. Collage, cut up and pop mantras: Post-digital approaches to songwriting. In: Justin Williams and Katherine Williams, eds. The Singer Songwriter Handbook. Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 9781628920291

Editions of You: A DIY Archive of DIY Practice
Busby, Lisa. 2015. Editions of You: A DIY Archive of DIY Practice. In: Sarah Baker, ed. Preserving Popular Music Heritage: Do-it-Yourself, Do-it-Together. 11 New York: Routledge, pp. 227-240. ISBN 9781138781436