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Professor Cathy Lane

Professor of Sound Arts
London College of Communication
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Cathy Lane is Professor of Sound Arts at University of the Arts London. She established the department of Sound Arts and Design at London College of Communication and now co - directs Creative Research in Sound Arts Practice (CRiSAP). She is currently using the Her Noise Archive as a catalyst for research into gender in sound arts practice. She has a PhD in electroacoustic music composition from City University, London.

I am interested in how sound relates to the past, our histories, our environment and our collective and individual memories. This informs my current work as a composer, sound artist, lecturer and researcher. Aspects of my creative practice have developed out of these interests and include composition and installation-based work with spoken word, field recordings and archive material. I also write and lecture on these and related subjects as well as collaborating with choreographers, film makers, visual artists and other musicians.

Books include Playing with Words: The Spoken Word in Artistic Practice (RGAP, 2008) and, with Angus Carlyle, In the Field (Uniformbooks, 2013), a collection of interviews with eighteen contemporary sound artists who use field recording in their work and On Listening (2013) a collection of commissioned essays about some of the ways in which listening is used in disciplines including anthropology, community activism, bioacoustics, conflict mediation and religious studies, music, ethnomusicology and field recording.

My CD The Hebrides Suite was released by Gruenrekorder in November 2013.