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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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