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Professor John Levack Drever

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PositionProfessor of Acoustic Ecology and Sound Art Head of the Unit for Sound Practice Research (SPR)
Department Music
Email j.drever (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7652
Professor John Levack Drever

Drever is Professor of Acoustic Ecology and Sound Art at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he leads the Unit for Sound Practice Research (SPR). He studied Music at the University of Wales, Bangor (1992-95), followed by an MMus study in Electroacoustic Music Composition at the University of East Anglia (1995-6). In 2001 he was awarded a PhD from Dartington College of Arts, for a programme of research titled 'Phonographies: Practical and Theoretical Explorations into Composing with Disembodied Sound'. Following his PhD, Drever co-ordinated ‘Sounding Dartmoor - a public soundscape study’, in collaboration with The Touring Exhibition of Sound Environments (TESE), Aune Head Arts, and the Digital Crowd, University of Plymouth. During 2003-04 he was an Arts Council of England & AHRB Arts and Science Research Fellow with Centre for Computational Creativity, City University exploring ‘electronic music performance interfaces that learn from their users’.  He was awarded a Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control from the Institute of Acoustics in 2012, with specialist modules in Building Acoustics and Environmental Noise, becoming a full member of the Institute of Acoustics in 2013. 

Before taking up his post at Goldsmiths, Drever was an associate lecturer for City University (London), Dartington College of Arts, Exeter University and the University of Plymouth, lecturing in Music, Media Arts, Media Lab Arts and Visual Arts. During the autumn semester of 2007 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Critical Intermedia Laboratory, School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong.

An elected director of Sonic Arts Network since 2004, Drever became its final chair in 2008. He was a co-founder (1998) and chair of the UK and Ireland Soundscape Community (a regional affiliate of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology) for whom he chaired Sound Practice: the 1st UKISC Conference on sound, culture and environments in 2001 at Dartington and Sound Practice 2006 at Goldsmiths. With Aki Pasoulas he co-chaired The Symposium on Acoustic Ecology at the University of Kent in 2013 and in 2011 he co-chaired the Phonography Colloquium at Goldsmiths with Emmanuel Spinelli for SPR. In May 2014 he co-directed, Sound Art Curating Conference: Histories, Theories and Practices of Sound Art, at Goldsmiths, and The Courtauld Institute of Art in collaboration with Operational and Curatorial Research in Contemporary Art, Design, Science and Technology (OCR). He has also been actively involved in the Noise Futures Network (EPSRC) and COST Action TD0804 Soundscapes of European Cities and Landscapes. 

Drever is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College (2009-16) and is a Visiting Research Fellow at Seian University of Art and Design, Japan. In 2013 he became an Academician of The Academy of Urbanism.


Academic qualifications

BMus (Hons), University of Wales, Bangor (1995)

MMus, University of East Anglia (1996)

PhD, Dartington College of Arts (2001)

Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control (2012)


Teaching

At Undergraduate John leads Sonic Art Practice and Phonography.

At Postgraduate level John is the Pathway Leader for the MMus in Sonic Arts and coordinates Sound Agendas and Studio Practice course options.


Areas of supervision

Completed:

Tsai-Wei Chen (ORSAS): Sonic Constellations – sojourners' interconnected soundscapes – a case study of ten Taipei sojourners'

listening experiences in London (Completed, PhD, 2010, Goldsmiths)

Lucia, Hsiang-Ying-Chung: A Sound Encounter of En Creux: in-between Roni Horn, Robert Smithson and Alvin Lucier (Completed, PhD, 2014)

Ruth Hawkins: Interpenetrations of Recordings and the Real (completed, PhD, 2013, Goldsmiths)

Kathrine Sandys:  I Thought I Grew An Ear in My Stomach - The Phenomenological Experience of the Art Event as a Sublime Encounter (Co-supervisor Prof. Janis Jeffries, Completed, PhD 2013, Goldsmiths)

Dawn Scarfe (AHRC): In the surround – sound and phenomenal experience (Co-supervisor Prof. Janis Jeffries, Completed, PhD, 2011, Goldsmiths)

John Wynne: Hearing Voices – Sound art practice in a cross-cultural context (Completed, PhD, 2007, Goldsmiths)

Current:

Antonis Antoniou: Aural Aura and Haunting Echoes: Sites with complex biographies

Janie Armour: Sonic scenography: an Exploration of Sound in the Performance Environment

Wayne Binitie: Aural Atmosphere

Tine Blom: Nature, wilderness and ecological awareness: Exploration, experience and the creation of audio-visual artworks of a mountain     

James Bulley: Sound Art Trajectories and the Archival Impulse (Co-supervisor Prof. Janis Jeffries)

Gregorio Fontaine Correa: Why (and how to) make music after the experimental tradition?

Marcus Leadley: In Situ Listening: Soundscape, Site and Transphonia 

Sam Murray: Composers, Players, and Clients: Facilitating Collaborative Musical Creativity and Consumption in a Virtual World

Tommaso Perego: Towards a Sonic Choreosophia An investigation on the Movement of Sound Sources for creating musical works

Claudia Martinho: Sound Waves' Architecture — for an Ecology of Vibration

Emmanuel Spinelli:  Acoustic Phenotypology – The territory of the disembodied voice in electro-acoustic music and the perception of Acousmatic Identities 


Presentations and exhibitions

2008: Ochlophonic Study: Hong Kong - soundscape composition

  • Talk at ‘Music, Sound, and the Music, Sound, and the Reconfiguration of Public and Private Space’ CRASSH Symposium, University of Cambridge, and diffusion performance in Kettle’s Yard, 2008. (first performance)
  • Talk and performance at School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, 2008.
  • Gallery installation at Urban Episodes, Osage Gallery, Soho, Hong Kong, (16 May 2008 – 31 May 2008).
  • Performance at Musée de Grenoble, France, at the international colloquium, ‘Faire une ambiance / Creating an Atmosphere’, organised by the "Ambiances Architecturales et Urbaines" laboratory, a mixed research unit (UMR) affiliated to CNRS/Ministére de la Culture (Architecture)/Ecoles Nationales Supérieures d'Architecture of Grenoble and Nantes, 2008.
  • Diffusion performance at launch of Unit for Sound Practice Research, Goldsmiths, University of London, 2008.
  • Excerpts on Hear and Now, BBC Radio 3, 2008.
  • Gallery installation at HK Sound Station, curated by Alvaro Rodriguez Fominaya, Parasite Gallery, Hong Kong, (7 Feb. 2009- 3 April 2009).
  • Excerpts on Discovery, BBC World Service, 2009.
  • Talk and diffusion performance at Phonography Colloquium, Goldsmiths, University of London, 2011.
  • Diffusion performance at Redsonic Festival, The Red Gallery, London, 2012.
  • Talk and performance, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Frankfurt, 2012.

2009: NAMELY for Peter Manson, collaboration with Lawrence Upton; text, pre-recorded voice, projections and live voice; studio treatment of and composition with recorded voice, and live treatment of voice and sound. Commissioned by Contemporary Poetics Research Centre, Birkbeck College, London.

 Published:

 Performances and Presentations:

  • The London Horse Hospital (23 May 2009).
  • Goldsmiths (5th March 2010).
  • Writers Forum Workshop (13th March 2010).
  • Presented "continuous play" at post_moot convocation 2010, Oxford, Ohio from (22 April 2010 - 25 April 2010).
  • Shown in Notation and Interpretation at ICA. (16 - 20 February 2011)
  • BEYOND SIGNAL #8 PO-E-TRY FESTAL, Nantes, France, (26 February 2010).
  • Goldsmiths 14 November 2009 as part of Lawrence Upton at 60.
  • Presented at ICA London 17th August 2009.
  • Laban Centre, 5th November 2009.

2012: Shizengaku [Biwa/Biwako]  - Surround sound installation in collaboration with painter Shuji Okada.

  • The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga (11 August 2012 -23 September, 2012)
  • St James Hatcham Church, 
Goldsmiths, University of London (24 Feb. 2013 - 2 March 2013)
  • Menier Gallery, London, (6 March 2013 - 9 March 2013).


2012: Sanitary Tones: Ayre #1 - 60 minute long based on anechoic chamber recording of a Dyson Airbalde. 


  • AV Festival 2012. Radio Boredcast, curated by artist Vicki Bennett (People Like Us),2013.
  • Solo concert, HAB Galerie Nantes, in collaboration with Le Musée des Beaux-arts de Nantes and Apo33, 2013
  • EMS Concert, Goldsmiths, 2013
  • Included in touring showcase, “Soundscapes for the Public Realm - Exploring Practical Applications of Soundscapes” linked to the European COST Action TD0804 in association with the NAS. Brighton (2011, 2012), Vitoria-Gasteiz (2012), Merano, Italy (2013) and Naples, Italy (2013).





2013: This City’s Centre – 1. Window - Views from 40 city centre windows and the residents that live with, video/sound installation  Blind Ditch project.video and interviews by Volkhardt Müller, sound edited and composed by Drever

  • Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter (23 July – 22 September 2013).

2013: Breaking News - live and pre-recorded voice + graphic score and projection Lawrence Upton; studio recording, pre-recorded sound treatment and composition Drever

  • e-poetry 2013 at Waterman's Arts Centre on (20 June 2013)
  • Dark Voices at St James Hatcham, New Cross, London on (21 October, 2013)

2014: Sublime-sound-of-the-one-hand [Ryōan-ji] – soundscape and image installation, It Sounds Like Art, curated by Lanfranco Aceti, Kasa Gallery, Istanbul,  (2 April – 26 April 2014)

For full list of works see here.


Keynote lectures

Recent Invited Presentations and Keynotes:

2010: Round Table Discussion, on Lost Sound by John Smith in collaboration with Graeme Miller (1998-2001), organised by the Royal College of Art, Curating Contemporary Art Ma Programme, Cafe Oto, London

2010: Keynote presentation on recent soundscape composition and workshop leader, Field Studies, MUSARC, Department of Architecture and Spatial Design, London Metropolitan University, Sept. 2010

2010: ‘Acoustic and Topological Space’ with Julian Henrqiues, Performing Topology, Presented by Goldsmiths Screenschool, Sound Practice Research and A Topological Approach to Cultural Dynamics (ATACD)

2011: ‘Creation Power’, Public talk for the Noise Abatement Society’s SOUNDING BRIGHTON, Innovative Sonic Experiments at Brighton & Hove's White Night, 31st Oct 2011

2011: 'The Half Shut Door: A Discussion', with Dryden Goodwin, chaired by Nicolas de Oliveira, SE8 Gallery, London

2012: ‘Sanitary Ambiance: the noise effects of high speed hand dryers’, COST Soundscape Workshop COST Action TD0804, Brighton and Hove City Council and the Noise Abatement Society

2013: ‘Positive side effects of designing out cars – quiet zones Speaker’, East Midlands Councils low cost CPD programme for Planners

2013: Keynote speech: ‘Sounding Space & Public Space’, Sounding Space Symposium - BE OPEN, Chelsea College of Art & Design

2013: ‘Shizengaku [Biwa/Biwako]: Sonic Complement, Counterpoint Or Interpenetration?’, Shizengaku Nature, Material And Aspects Of Identity And Creation, The International Symposium, Goldsmiths, University Of London

2013: ‘Sanitary Soundscapes: the noise effects of high-speed hand dryers’, Smart City Talks: Sound City’, Close and Remote & SPR, Goldsmiths, University London

2013: ‘Sanitary Soundscapes: the noise effects of high-speed hand dryers’, APO33, Nantes

2014: Panel on Urban Ethnomusicology, Ethnomusicology and the City, One-day Conference of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology, City University, London

2015: 'DIALOGUE with Artist John Drever', Soundpocket, Hong Kong

2015: 'Acoustic Ecology in the City', IEDELearn Seminar: Designing for Sound, The Bartlett

2015: 'Auraltypical Hearing to Aural Diversity', Noise & Silence, the University of Nottingham in collaboration with the Science Museum and the Royal College of Music


Conferences

2009: ‘The vagaries of Sound fx: Supposed sounding and listening through the history of recorded sound’, Theatre Noise, Central School of Speech and Drama.

2009: ‘Soundwalking as compositional practice?’, paper in ‘Sensewalking: sensory walking methods for social scientists’, Royal Geographical Society with the IBG Annual Conference, University of Manchester

2010: '-scape [Goodwins] - making horizontal’, paper presentation by Drever and Thatcher, ‘Sonic methods in human geography’, Royal Geographical Society - Institute of British Geographers, Annual International Conference

2010: ‘What would you like your city to sound like?: ideological and ethical musings on urban soundscape design in 2010’, paper presentation, ‘Ideologies and Ethics in the Uses and Abuses of Sound’, Koli, Finland, organized by 
University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, 
Finnish Society for Acoustic Ecology and The World Forum for Acoustic Ecology

2011: ‘Soundwalking as Spatiotemporal Compositional Practice?’, paper presented at The 5th International Symposium on Temporal Design, in Sheffield University in July, and published in the proceedings

2011: ‘Ochlophonia Hong Kong SAR: audition, speech and feedback from within the crowded soundscape’, Phonography Colloquium, Unit for Sound Practice Research, Goldsmiths

2011: ‘Sanitary Ambiance: a study of current auditory ambiances of public toilets in England.’ Conference presentation at Urban Design and Urban Society, The Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, 3rd International Ambiance Network Conference.

2012: Sanitary Noise, paper, sound installation and poster, COST Action TD0804, Brighton and Hove City Council and the Noise Abatement Society, Brighton Town Hall, June 2012.

2013: 'Sanitary Soundscapes: the noise effects from ultra-rapid ’ecological’ hand dryers on vulnerable subgroups in publicly accessible toilets', AIA-DAGA 2013, the joint Conference on Acoustics, European Acoustics Association Euroregio, 39th annual congress of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Akustik and the 40th annual congress of the Associazione Italiana di Acustica, March 2013.

2013: 'Silent Soundwalking: an urban pedestrian soundscape methodology', AIA-DAGA 2013, the joint Conference on Acoustics, European Acoustics Association Euroregio, 39th annual congress of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Akustik and the 40th annual congress of the Associazione Italiana di Acustica, March 2013.

2013: ‘Sanitary Soundscapes: the noise effects of high-speed hand dryers’, Sound Diaries Symposium 2013, SARU, Oxford Brookes.

2013: ‘Sanitary Soundscapes: the noise effects from ultra-rapid energy-efficient hand dryers on vulnerable subgroups – a listening approach’, The Symposium on Acoustic Ecology, The School of Music and Fine Art, University of Kent Partners: SIS & DICE, University of Kent, SPR (Goldsmiths), UKISC. Endorsed by the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology.

2014: ‘Sensitive Hearers and  Particular  Hearing  Requirements   within  the  Urban  Soundscape’, Urban Soundscapes and Critical Citizenship: an interdisciplinary conference, University of Limerick. 

2014: ‘Sound Art Curator as de facto Acoustician’, Sound Art Curating Conference: Histories, Theories and Practices of Sound Art, Goldsmiths and The Courtauld Institute of Art in collaboration with Operational and Curatorial Research in Contemporary Art, Design, Science and Technology (OCR)

2015: 'Topophonophobia – the space and place of acute hearing', Hearing Landscape Critically: Music, Place, and the Spaces of Sound, Harvard University


Radio

Drever has discussed his research on BBC Radio 3’s Hear and Now, BBC Radio 4's Today and BBC World Service’s Discovery.


Recorded works

2002: Sounding Dartmoor, SpaceX & Liquid Press, i-dat.

2003: Phonographies: Glasgow, Frankfurt, Exeter, Sound-Marked (SM03-01CD).

2006: Cattle Grids of Dartmoor, Pataphonic (SM06-05CD).

2013: Sanitary Tones: Ayre #1[Airblade], FIBRR Records


 

Publications

Article

Loo Roles
Drever, John L.. 2011. Loo Roles. SoundScape Ezine(2), pp. 57-59.

Review: Barry Blesser and Linda-Ruth Salter, Spaces Speak, Are You Listening?: Experiencing Aural Architecture
Drever, John L.. 2008. Review: Barry Blesser and Linda-Ruth Salter, Spaces Speak, Are You Listening?: Experiencing Aural Architecture. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 28(3), p. 3.

Goldsmiths Electronic Music Studios: 40 Years
Young, Michael W.; Drever, John L.; Grierson, Mick and Stonehouse, Ian. 2008. Goldsmiths Electronic Music Studios: 40 Years. International Computer Music Conference Proceedings 2008, pp. 315-318.

The Dilemma of Noise
Drever, John L.. 2007. The Dilemma of Noise. Earshot 5: Noise: Debates, Strategies and Methodologies, pp. 3-4.

Of Click and Glitch
Drever, John L.. 2005. Of Click and Glitch. Resonance Magazine, 10(1), pp. 52-53.

Bump in the Night: Some Reflections on Night Listening
Drever, John L.. 2005. Bump in the Night: Some Reflections on Night Listening. Earshot(5), pp. 22-25.

Review: Steven Johnson (ed.), The New York School of Music and Visual Arts
Drever, John L.. 2004. Review: Steven Johnson (ed.), The New York School of Music and Visual Arts. The Art Book, 11(4), pp. 45-46.

Sound Fetish Tendencies
Drever, John L.. 2004. Sound Fetish Tendencies. Noisegate(12), pp. 4-14.

Soundscape composition: the convergence of ethnography and acousmatic music
Drever, John L.. 2002. Soundscape composition: the convergence of ethnography and acousmatic music. Organised Sound, 7(1), pp. 21-27. ISSN 1355-7718

Sounding Dartmoor: A case study on the soundscapes of rural England at the opening of the 21st Century
Drever, John L.. 2002. Sounding Dartmoor: A case study on the soundscapes of rural England at the opening of the 21st Century. World Forum for Acoustic Ecology,

The exploitation of 'tangible ghosts': conjectures on soundscape recording and its reappropriation in sound art
Drever, John L.. 1999. The exploitation of 'tangible ghosts': conjectures on soundscape recording and its reappropriation in sound art. Organised Sound, 4(1), pp. 25-29.

Audio

Sounding Dartmoor - a public soundscape study
Drever, John L.. Sounding Dartmoor - a public soundscape study.

“The Language of Place: Festival Walk, Harbour City”, Field Recordings selected by Duncan Whitley for ‘The language of place', Audiolab10, March 2010.
Drever, John L.. “The Language of Place: Festival Walk, Harbour City”, Field Recordings selected by Duncan Whitley for ‘The language of place', Audiolab10, March 2010..

Sounding Dartmoor
Drever, John L.. Sounding Dartmoor.

Phonographies: Glasgow, Frankfurt, Exeter
Drever, John L.. Phonographies: Glasgow, Frankfurt, Exeter.

Cattle Grids of Dartmoor
Drever, John L.. Cattle Grids of Dartmoor.

Book Section

John Levack Drever: Creative Sound Thresholds
Drever, John L.. 2014. John Levack Drever: Creative Sound Thresholds. In: Stephen Piccolo, ed. BE OPEN: The Gallery of the Senses. Segrate, Milan, Italy: Mondadori, pp. 182-185. ISBN none

Sound effect – object – event. Endemic and exogenous electro-acoustic sound practices in theatre
Drever, John L.. 2009. Sound effect – object – event. Endemic and exogenous electro-acoustic sound practices in theatre. In: Ross Brown , ed. Sound: a reader in theatre practice. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., pp. 188-205. ISBN 9780230551886

Soundwalking: Aural Excursions into the Everyday
Drever, John L.. 2009. Soundwalking: Aural Excursions into the Everyday. In: James Saunders, ed. The Ashgate Research Companion to Experimental Music. Surrey: Ashgate, pp. 163-192. ISBN 978-0-7546-6282-2

Soundwalking: Aural Excursions into the Everyday
Drever, John L.. 2009. Soundwalking: Aural Excursions into the Everyday. In: James Saunders, ed. The Ashgate Research Companion to Experimental Music. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 163-192. ISBN 0754662822

Nostophonics: approaches to grasping everyday sounds from a British perspective
Drever, John L.. 2007. Nostophonics: approaches to grasping everyday sounds from a British perspective. In: Ros Bandt; Michelle Duffy and Dolly MacKinnon, eds. Hearing Places. Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Press, pp. 161-173. ISBN 9781847182555

Topophonophilia: a study on the relationship between the sounds of Dartmoor and the people who live there
Drever, John L.. 2007. Topophonophilia: a study on the relationship between the sounds of Dartmoor and the people who live there. In: Angus Carlyle, ed. Autumn Leaves: Sound and the Environment in Artistic Practice. London: Double Entendre & CRISAP, pp. 98-100. ISBN 09548074-3

Composition

NAMELY
Upton, Lawrence and Drever, John L.. 2011. NAMELY.

Ochlophonic Study: Hong Kong
Drever, John L.. 2009. Ochlophonic Study: Hong Kong.

audience : hearing
Drever, John L.. 2007. audience : hearing.

-scape
Drever, John L.. 2006. -scape.

Close to the Literal
Drever, John L.. 2005. Close to the Literal.

Phonographies of Exeter
Drever, John L.. 2003. Phonographies of Exeter.

Sounding Soundscape
Drever, John L.. Sounding Soundscape.

Ochlophonic Study: Hong Kong
Drever, John L.. Ochlophonic Study: Hong Kong.

Conference or Workshop Item

Sensitive Hearing in an Auraltypical World
Drever, John L.. 2015. 'Sensitive Hearing in an Auraltypical World'. In: Sound Studies: Art, Experience, Politics, CRASSH. University of Cambridge.

Sanitary Soundscapes: The Noise Effects From Ultra-Rapid “Ecological” Hand Dryers On Vulnerable Subgroups In Publicly Accessible Toilets
Drever, John L.. 2015. 'Sanitary Soundscapes: The Noise Effects From Ultra-Rapid “Ecological” Hand Dryers On Vulnerable Subgroups In Publicly Accessible Toilets'. In: 2nd International Conference on Hyperacusis (ICH2). Birkbeck College, University of London.

Topophonophobia – the space and place of acute hearing
Drever, John L.. 2015. 'Topophonophobia – the space and place of acute hearing'. In: Hearing Landscape Critically: Music, Place, and the Spaces of Sound. Harvard University, United States.

Ochlophonia Hong Kong SAR: audition, speech and feedback from within the crowded soundscape.
Drever, John L.. 2014. 'Ochlophonia Hong Kong SAR: audition, speech and feedback from within the crowded soundscape.'. In: Sound, Noise and the Everyday: Soundscapes in China. Aarhus University, Denmark.

Sound Art Curator as de facto Acoustician
Drever, John L.. 2014. 'Sound Art Curator as de facto Acoustician'. In: Sound Art Curating Conference: Histories, Theories and Practices of Sound Art. Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom.

Sensitive Hearers and Particular Hearing Requirements Within the Urban Soundscape
Drever, John L.. 2014. 'Sensitive Hearers and Particular Hearing Requirements Within the Urban Soundscape'. In: Urban Soundscapes and Critical Citizenship: an interdisciplinary conference. University of Limerick.

Sanitary Soundscapes: the noise effects from ultra-rapid energy-efficient hand dryers on vulnerable subgroups – a listening approach
Drever, John L.. 2013. 'Sanitary Soundscapes: the noise effects from ultra-rapid energy-efficient hand dryers on vulnerable subgroups – a listening approach'. In: Symposium on Acoustic Ecology. The School of Music and Fine Art, University of Kent, United Kingdom.

Sounding Space & Public Space
Drever, John L.. 2013. 'Sounding Space & Public Space'. In: Sounding Space Symposium - BE OPEN. Chelsea College of Art & Design, United Kingdom.

Sanitary Soundscapes: the noise effects of high-speed hand dryers
Drever, John L.. 2013. 'Sanitary Soundscapes: the noise effects of high-speed hand dryers'. In: Sound Diaries Symposium 2013. SARU, Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom.

Sanitary Soundscapes: the noise effects from ultra-rapid “ecological” hand dryers on vulnerable subgroups in publicly accessible toilets
Drever, John L.. 2013. 'Sanitary Soundscapes: the noise effects from ultra-rapid “ecological” hand dryers on vulnerable subgroups in publicly accessible toilets'. In: AIA-DAGA 2013, the joint Conference on Acoustics, European Acoustics Association Euroregio, 39th annual congress of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Akustik and the 40th annual congress of the Associazione Italiana di Acustica. Marano, Italy.

Silent Soundwalking: an urban pedestrian soundscape methodology
Drever, John L.. 2013. 'Silent Soundwalking: an urban pedestrian soundscape methodology'. In: AIA-DAGA 2013, the joint Conference on Acoustics, European Acoustics Association Euroregio, 39th annual congress of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Akustik and the 40th annual congress of the Associazione Italiana di Acustica. Merano, Italy.

Session 9 reflections: Listening to and sounding soundscapes
Drever, John L.. 2011. 'Session 9 reflections: Listening to and sounding soundscapes'. In: Centre for Media, Culture and Creative Practice. Birkbeck, University of London, United Kingdom.

Soundwalking in the City: a socio-spatio-temporal sound practice
Drever, John L.. 2011. 'Soundwalking in the City: a socio-spatio-temporal sound practice'. In: 5th International Symposium on Temporal Design. Sheffield, United Kingdom 21-22 July 2011.

Sanitary Ambiance: a study of current auditory ambiances of public toilets in England
Drever, John L.. 2011. 'Sanitary Ambiance: a study of current auditory ambiances of public toilets in England'. In: Urban Design and Urban Society - The Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, 3rd International Ambiance Network Conference 2011. The Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany.

Ochlophonia Hong Kong SAR: audition, speech and feedback from within the crowded soundscape
Drever, John L.. 2011. 'Ochlophonia Hong Kong SAR: audition, speech and feedback from within the crowded soundscape'. In: Phonography Colloquium. Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom.

What would you like your city to sound like?: ideological and ethical musings on urban soundscape design in 2010
Drever, John L.. 2010. 'What would you like your city to sound like?: ideological and ethical musings on urban soundscape design in 2010'. In: Ideologies and Ethics in the Uses and Abuses of Sound. University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland.

Round table discussion
Drever, John L.. 2010. 'Round table discussion'. In: Lost Sound by John Smith. Royal College of Art, Curating Contemporary Art Ma Programme, Cafe Oto, London, United Kingdom.

Soundwalking as compositional practice?
Drever, John L.. 2009. 'Soundwalking as compositional practice?'. In: ‘Sensewalking: sensory walking methods for social scientists’ - Royal Geographical Society with the IBG Annual Conference. University of Manchester, United Kingdom.

The vagaries of sound fx: supposed sounding and listening through the history of recorded sound
Drever, John L.. 2009. 'The vagaries of sound fx: supposed sounding and listening through the history of recorded sound'. In: Theatre Noise. Central School of Speech and Drama, United Kingdom.

Plenary Speaker
Drever, John L.. 2009. 'Plenary Speaker'. In: Sound, soundscapes and sonic environments. The Open University, United Kingdom.

Round table discussion
Drever, John L.. 2009. 'Round table discussion'. In: Cornelius Cardew: Play for Today: A Symposium. The Drawing Room and the ICA, London, United Kingdom.

Round table discussion
Drever, John L.. 2009. 'Round table discussion'. In: Sonification. Theatre Noise, Central School of Speech and Drama, United Kingdom.

Topophonophilia and Topophonophobia
Drever, John L.. 2008. 'Topophonophilia and Topophonophobia'. In: Cartografías de la Escucha. Sonido y lugar, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Ochlophonics Hong Kong: everyday sound practices within the crowd
Drever, John L.. 2008. 'Ochlophonics Hong Kong: everyday sound practices within the crowd'. In: Music, Sound, and the Music, Sound, and the Re-configuration of Public and Private Space. University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

The sound of cattle grids
Drever, John L.. 2008. 'The sound of cattle grids'. In: So Far… arts, spatialisation and memory. Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts, United Kingdom.

Soundscape sensibilities as expressed and betrayed in composition
Drever, John L.. 2007. 'Soundscape sensibilities as expressed and betrayed in composition'. In: Beyond Text?: Synaesthetic and Sensory Practices in Anthropology - 10th Royal Anthropological Institute International Festival Of Ethnographic Film. University of Manchester, United Kingdom.

Soundscapes and acoustic ecology - origins and prospects
Drever, John L.. 2007. 'Soundscapes and acoustic ecology - origins and prospects'. In: Sounder Spaces. Julian Huxley Lecture Theatre, London Zoo, United Kingdom.

Soundwalking: methods of listening in situ to the city
Drever, John L.. 2007. 'Soundwalking: methods of listening in situ to the city'. In: SeneScapes. University of Salford, United Kingdom.

Topophonophilia: the rapport between place, space, sentiment and sound’
Drever, John L.. 2007. 'Topophonophilia: the rapport between place, space, sentiment and sound’'. In: School of Creative Media. City University of Hong Kong, China.

Field Work: From Arm-chair to Open-air Research in Sonic Arts
Drever, John L.. 2006. 'Field Work: From Arm-chair to Open-air Research in Sonic Arts'. In: Doctoral Research Conference, Digital Music Research Network. United Kingdom.

Architect-Sonics: Heritage of Sound, Music and Architecture
Drever, John L.. 2006. 'Architect-Sonics: Heritage of Sound, Music and Architecture'. In: 4x4 Making Places Leeds: Building Sounds (Architecture and Music). Leeds College of Music, Architecture Week, United Kingdom.

Topophonics & Nostophonics: the role of sound in the golden era of British documentary film
Drever, John L.. 2005. 'Topophonics & Nostophonics: the role of sound in the golden era of British documentary film'. In: Expo 966. University of Hull, Scarborough Campus, United Kingdom.

Topophonophilia: a study on the relationship between the sounds of Dartmoor and the people who live there
Drever, John L.. 2005. 'Topophonophilia: a study on the relationship between the sounds of Dartmoor and the people who live there'. In: The International Annual Conference of the Royal Geographical Society (with The Institute of British Geographers). London, United Kingdom.

Electroacoustic performance interfaces that learn from their users
Drever, John L.; Melo, Andres and Wiggins, Geraint. 2005. 'Electroacoustic performance interfaces that learn from their users'. In: International Computer Music Conference. Barcelona, Spain.

Topophonique, Ochlophonique, Nostophonique et Pataphonique: trois études de cas
Drever, John L.. 2005. 'Topophonique, Ochlophonique, Nostophonique et Pataphonique: trois études de cas'. In: Technologie imaginaire; approche pataphysique de la musique. Sorbonne, France.

Audio-Vision: Cause and Effect?
Drever, John L.. 2004. 'Audio-Vision: Cause and Effect?'. In: The State of Affairs II: Listening to Vision - Looking at Sound. Sonic Arts Department, Middlesex University, Conway Hall, London, United Kingdom.

Topophonophilia: the relationship between sound, sentiment and place
Drever, John L.. 2004. 'Topophonophilia: the relationship between sound, sentiment and place'. In: Zeppelin2004: Ecologia Acústica. Etica y Estética en la idea de Paisaje Sonoro. Festival of sound art, Caos->Sonoscop, CaixaFòrum, Barcelona, Spain.

The Sublime in Acousmatic Music: Listening to the Unpresentable
Drever, John L.. 2001. 'The Sublime in Acousmatic Music: Listening to the Unpresentable'. In: Music Without Walls? Music Without Instruments?. De Montfort, United Kingdom 21-23 June.

Digital

Q&A with an acoustic ecologist, BBC World Service
Drever, John L.. 2009. Q&A with an acoustic ecologist, BBC World Service.

Edited Journal

Special issue: ‘Arts And Ecology: Emerging Uses For Digital Technologies’
Povall, R; Drever, John L.; Hartley , J; Wallen , J and Zakis, R, eds. 2015. Special issue: ‘Arts And Ecology: Emerging Uses For Digital Technologies’.

Noise: Debates, Strategies and Methodologies
Drever, John L., ed. 2007. Noise: Debates, Strategies and Methodologies.

Sound Practice
Drever, John L., ed. 2001. Sound Practice.

Performance

Ochlophonic Study: Hong Kong (School of Creative Media)
Drever, John L.. 2008. Ochlophonic Study: Hong Kong (School of Creative Media). In: "School of Creative Media", Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom.

Ochlophonic Study: Hong Kong (Music, Sound, and the Re-configuration of Public and Private Space’ CRASSH Symposium)
Drever, John L.. 2008. Ochlophonic Study: Hong Kong (Music, Sound, and the Re-configuration of Public and Private Space’ CRASSH Symposium). In: "Music, Sound, and the Re-configuration of Public and Private Space’ CRASSH Symposium", University of Cambridge, performance in Kettle’s Yard, United Kingdom.

Ochlophonic Study: Hong Kong (Urban Episodes)
Drever, John L.. 2008. Ochlophonic Study: Hong Kong (Urban Episodes). In: "Urban Episodes", Osage Soho, Hong Kong, China.

Ochlophonic Study: Hong Kong (Faire une ambiance / Creating an Atmosphere)
Drever, John L.. 2008. Ochlophonic Study: Hong Kong (Faire une ambiance / Creating an Atmosphere). In: "Faire une ambiance / Creating an Atmosphere", Musée de Grenoble, France.

Ochlophonic Study: Hong Kong (Launch of Sound Practice Research)
Drever, John L.. 2008. Ochlophonic Study: Hong Kong (Launch of Sound Practice Research). In: "Launch of Sound Practice Research", Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom.

Ochlophonic Study: Hong Kong (EAR-plugged Festival of Electro-acoustic Music)
Drever, John L.. 2007. Ochlophonic Study: Hong Kong (EAR-plugged Festival of Electro-acoustic Music). In: "EAR-plugged Festival of Electro-acoustic Music", The LAB gallery, Dublin, United Kingdom.

Ochlophonic Study: Hong Kong (Sound Practice)
Drever, John L.. 2006. Ochlophonic Study: Hong Kong (Sound Practice). In: "Sound Practice", Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom.

Ochlophonic Study: Hong Kong (Brudenell Social Club, Leeds)
Drever, John L.. 2005. Ochlophonic Study: Hong Kong (Brudenell Social Club, Leeds). In: "Time Festival", Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, United Kingdom.

Ochlophonic Study: Hong Kong (Camden People’s Theatre)
Drever, John L.. 2005. Ochlophonic Study: Hong Kong (Camden People’s Theatre). In: "Camden People’s Theatre", London, United Kingdom.

Project

Sound and the City
Bulley, James; Sahin, Ozden; Spinelli, Emmanuel; Tanaka, Atau; Hosang, Georgina M.; Cubitt, Sean; Drever, John L. and Kanngieser, Anja. 2014. Sound and the City.

Histories, Theories and Practices of Sound Art
Aceti, Lanfranco; Jefferies, Janis K.; Sondergaard, Morten; Stallabrass, Julian; Bulley, James; Drever, John L.; Munro, Jonathan; Noy, Irene and Sahin, Ozden. 2014. Histories, Theories and Practices of Sound Art.

Sanitary Ambiance: the noise effects of high speed hand dryers
Drever, John L.. 2012. Sanitary Ambiance: the noise effects of high speed hand dryers.

Show/Exhibition

Shizengaku
Drever, John L.; Ishikawa, Ryo and Okada, Shuji. 2012. Shizengaku. In: "SHIZENGAKU", Menier Gallery, United Kingdom, March 2012.

Thesis

Phonographies: Practical and Theoretical Explorations into Composing with Disembodied Sound
Drever, John L.. 2001. Phonographies: Practical and Theoretical Explorations into Composing with Disembodied Sound. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London.

Research

Operating at the intersection of sonic arts, sound design, soundscape studies, experimental music and acoustics, Drever’s research represents an ongoing inquiry into the affect, perception, design and practice of everyday environmental sound and human utterance. Projects are often derived from extensive fieldwork, such as the exploration of the crowding and the crowded soundscape of Hong Kong in 'Ochlophonics Hong Kong' (2001-2010) and 'Sounding Dartmoor', a participative soundscape study of Dartmoor National Park (2000-2) for the Digital Crowd (University of Plymouth) in collaboration with Aune Head Arts. His current project is concerned with the noise effects of ultra-fast hand dryers on users with sensitive hearing and special auditory needs, such as children and hyperacusis sufferers.



In addition to Drever’s independent practice, collaboration and cross-art form dialogue have been crucial. Collaborators have included performance artist Rachel Gomme, poets Alice Oswald and Alaric Sumner, choreographer Tony Thatcher, ornithologist Tony Whitehead, visual artist Louise K. Wilson, painter Suiji Okada and comedian Mark Kelly. He regularly collaborates and performs with pioneering sound poet Lawrence Upton.  Drever is a member of art collective Blind Ditch and the Morpheme Theatre Company. Commissions range from the Groupe de Recherches Musicales, Paris (1999), Arts Council England (2002, 2007, 2013), WDR Studio Akustische Kunst (2011) to the RSPB (2002). His work has twice been awarded a prize in the annual Musica Nova competition, Prague (1997 & 1998).