Growing up in a non-musical family, the type of music I first encountered was
popular music. My early interest in music therefore came from listening to
recordings where the quality of the sound forms an essential part of the listening
experience. I was also fascinated by the sounds and music I heard in the cinema.
As my curiosity developed I gradually became more interested in many other
areas of music making and musical styles, experimenting with sounds at any
1 embarked on this PhD in October 2000 having just completed an Honours
Degree in Music at Dartington College of Arts, Devon. During that period of
study, I became acquainted with various studio techniques, using both analogue
and digital equipment. I felt I had found an adequate territory in which to
express my musical creativity. I was therefore very interested in continuing to
explore the potential offered by musical technology and to broaden my skills as
a music maker, recording artist and producer.
My aim for this research was to develop my knowledge of technology,
developing recording techniques in order to reproduce the sounds I had grown
up with as well as discovering new sonic possibilities in the process.
I also conceived this PhD as an opportunity to explore cross-disciplinary
practices, with the idea of developing collaborations with artists working in other
I hope to present, with the works included in this portfolio, a clear illustration of
the path I have undertaken during the last five years.