Lunchtime Talk
Fri 19 Oct 2018 14:00

Duncan Speakman - Remixing the sound of a burning world

Award winning composer and sound artist Duncan Speakman talks about his new augmented audio piece ‘Only Expansion’.

Photo by Duncan Speakman - Sad trees


Duncan Speakman

Duncan is an artist working with mobile audio in uncontrolled public and private spaces. His current PhD research is in the compositional structures of locative audio works and their relationship to current ecological debate.

For this talk Duncan will discuss his experience of building and using custom made technology for his new argumented audio piece, ‘Only Expansion’. 'Ony Expansion' takes audiences on a walking journey, remixing the sounds the audiences hear around them, to create a new unique soundtrack. Conversations of passers by may become choirs whilst bus brakes turn into rhythms; the sounds of flooding coastlines and burning forests are blended into the sounds of the city, letting the user experience how it might change over time. 
Duncan Speakman originally trained as a sound engineer at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. He often works with mobile audio and locative media, creating narrative experiences that engage audiences emotionally and physically in uncontrolled spaces.  He regularly creates bespoke work internationally, including [installations on trains] in Guangzhou, [loudspeaker symphonies] in New Zealand, [audio walks] in Saitama, [sound installations] in Porto and has recently developed a number of [hybrid print and audio] experiences. His experiential artworks currently research the relationship between locative audio and contemporary ecology, wrapping the questions in melancholy and romance.

This Lunchtime Talk is part of Open Studio Friday, which takes place at the Studio every week.

Do you want to find out what is going on at the Pervasive Media Studio? Are you interested in meeting our residents, talking about a specific project or curious about pervasive media? Why not pack a sandwich and join us for one of our Lunchtime Talks and Open Studio Friday. Lunchtime Talks are informal presentations by Studio residents and associates. They normally take place at 1pm on Friday and are free and open to everybody who’s interested in what we do. After the Talk, we also invite you to stay with us for the afternoon to continue the conversation or work on your own projects. We provide chairs, tables, wireless and a great space. You bring what you need to work with (laptop/mobile). Our open afternoons close at 5pm. Let us know if you’d like a tour of the space and we'll be happy to show you around just before the talk. Send an email to: to book your place on a tour.

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