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Sonics

Sound

The theory, practice, technique, and epistemologies of sound as a medium.

Course overview

Sonics is an interdisciplinary, cross-departmental special interest group uniting academic staff and PhD students across the College whose research touches on the theory, practice, technique, and epistemologies of sound as a medium. Sonics recognises the long tradition of work in these areas Goldsmiths and seeks to build upon, support and extend these foundations across several departments.

2013 marks the 45th anniversary of the founding of the Electronic Music Studios (EMS) at Goldsmiths. The 1968 studio placed Goldsmiths at the forefront of such developments in the UK university sector. The early development of the studio is closely linked to two British pioneers of experimental electronic music: Hugh Davies (1943-2005) and Daphne Oram (1925-2003). Interest in electronic music at Goldsmiths can be traced back to 1966 and a visit by Oram, co-founder and director of the BBC Radiophonic workshop (1958-59).

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Alumni story

James Wilkie

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"The people I met at Goldsmiths changed my practice, and my outlook on our world."
"The highest skill that the course and lecturers gave me was a heightened sensitivity to my own practice, and my purpose and place in sound.The best part of being at Goldsmiths, is that it creates a level playing field, a shared language for collaborative, and inter disciplinary interactions: I found myself speaking to Art Theorists, to Designers, Architects - we…

Research

Research centres and units

Sonics research centre

The remit of the Sonics group is to recognise existing research units such as:

  • Topology Research Unit (Media & Communications)
  • Sound Practice Research Unit (Music)
  • Embodied Audiovisual Interaction (Computing)

The Sonics group also aims to create cross departmental research infrastructure, provide graduate school training provision in Sound Methods,and contribute to strategy and development in view of the college Master Plan.