Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice (CRiSAP) is a research centre of the University of the Arts London dedicated to the exploration of the rich complexities of sound as an artistic practice.

Our main aim is to extend the development of the emerging disciplinary field of sound arts and to encourage the broadening and deepening of the discursive context in which sound arts is practised.

Research Feature: Not for Human Consumption

An online exhibition curated by Julian Weaver for CRISAP in 2012. This exhibition showcases a collection of sonic phenomena, tests, by-products and compositions, from the inaudible to the barely registered, the overheard to the impossibly loud, that challenge our, self-given, position at the centre of sonic events. Not for Human Consumption draws together scientific projects and artistic works – including mosquitoes, brain stems, train motors, black holes, hard drives, voibots and electron microphones - that point to sound worlds where objects other than ourselves may be the recipients. Not For Human Consumption is still available to visit online.
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Member Profile: Thomas Gardner

Thomas Gardner (MA Sound Arts course leader) is a composer, improviser, teacher, computer programmer and academic. His work is particularly concerned with the relations between sound art and music, focusing on group interaction and the kinds of changes introduced by electronic media. His work with the performance group Automatic Writing Circle (AWC), which he co-founded in 2007, has been a key way to explore these issues in practice and consists of the composition of new work, improvisation, the design of instruments and software, and the exploration of new performance contexts. Recent pieces have been premiered at the Sonic Fusion festival and at Parasol Unit, Foundation for contemporary art. Other areas of research include historically informed practice (Baroque and 19th century performance styles), computer programming and new instrument design.
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Blog: Into the Maelstrom shortlisted for the Penderyn Music Book Prize

David Toop's publication Into the Maelstrom has been shortlisted for the Penderyn Music Book Prize. The Penderyn Music Book Prize is the only UK-based book prize specifically for music titles including history, theory, biography, autobiography. Into the Maelstrom is one of eight shortlisted titles which include The Rise, the Fall and the Rise by Brix Smith Start and Testimony by Robbie Robertson.
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