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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.  


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Points of Listening #17 with Ernst Karel

Occupational sounds: Michael Rockefeller’s tapes from Netherlands New Guinea, 1961

Date: Tuesday July 14th, 2015
Time: 18:30
Venue: LCC, Elephant & Castle reception (Directions)
Free with limited capacity
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"For this session, I will present and discuss selections from a remarkable body of sound recordings, made in 1961 in what was then Netherlands New Guinea as part of the Harvard Peabody Expedition. Organized by filmmaker Robert Gardner and conceived as a fully multimedia investigation of the so-called ‘stone age’ culture of the Dani of the Baliem Valley, the expedition resulted in thousands of photographs, Gardner’s film Dead Birds, Peter Mathiessen’s ecological essay Under the Mountain Wall, and nearly 30 hours of sound recordings, which were recently digitized."
Read more on the Points of Listening website.



CRiSAP are pleased to support:

The Travelling Archive in East London exhibition

Field recordings and field notes from Bengal.

By Moushumi Bhowmik & Sukanta Majumdar  



Rich Mix, Lower Cafe Gallery

Opening: Monday 22nd June 6pm-8pm
Exhibition Open: 22 June - 5 July, 10am-8pm
Closing Ceremony: Saturday 5th July 12noon-4pm


How do we listen to the past? How will the future listen to us?

An exhibition of sound, text and image created and curated by Moushumi Bhowmik, singer, writer and music researcher, and Sukanta Majumdar, sound recordist/sound artist, both from Calcutta (Kolkata), India. The exhibition is a shared listening to field recordings of songs and stories about songs, from Bengal. These recordings come out of a continuing journey across Bangladesh, eastern India, and in and around London too, where Moushumi and Sukanta have been on since 2003.
The Travelling Archive in East London is being housed at and supported by Rich Mix.The British Library are supporting the project and collaborating with their recordings. The Helen Hamlyn Trust are supporting with funds. And finally the Creative Research into Sound arts Practice (CRiSAP) of the London College of Communication are supporting with equipment and other resources.
Moushumi and Sukanta also recently presented at a CRISAP Points of Listening evening - read more and listen to documentation online:



Sound Matters Online Gathering

20 May - 17 June 2015

Sound Matters: a creative framework is a research project that brings together an interdisciplinary community working in the creative use and re-use of sound, specifically field recordings and speech. The aim is to create together a framework that facilitates the interrogation and relational playback of sound in its own terms. 
The Online Gathering is the second stage of the research project that calls for open participation. 
We welcome you to get involved by contributing to the Creative Framework with your practice and experience, as well as giving feedback about the ‘Stories’ which have derived from interviews with interdisciplinary academics and practitioners who use field recording and speech.
Sound Matters is led by Ximena Alarcón & Cathy Lane, funded by JISC Research Data Spring.






2 May 2015, 3:00pm, Brilliant Corners, 470 Kingsland Road, London E8 4AE
"The contemporary mania for curating has affected many aspects of culture, including (perhaps especially) music, popular and otherwise. This panel discussion explores music's unique relationship with curating … Read more.

Salomé Vogelin - Sounding Out! Podcast #41: Sound Art as Public Art

Online | Sounding Out!
Listen online to Salomé Vogelin's podcast: "Salomé Vogelin, treats us to a multimedia re-sonification of the keynote she gave at 2014’s Invisible Places, Sounding Cities conference in Viseu, Portugal, “Sound Art as Public Art,”  … Read more.

Cathy Lane performs at the Jam Jar Series

26th April 8pm | The Green Room, Black Box, Belfast.
Cathy Lane (London) and Anna Weisling (New York City) perform on the first night of the Jam Jar series: "a lively group of musicians, sound artists, and composers for five evenings of performance, dialogue, sonic experimentation … Read more. 

Association of Social Anthropologists UK and Commonwealth Conference

April 14th 2015 | Exeter University. 
Ximena Alarcon performed 'Sounding Underground' in the Panel "Film, audio and multimedia programme: symbiosis: sound, vision and the senses" and Angus Carlyle & Rupert Cox presented a paper on "The Mouth of the Cave and the Giant Voice: sound, text and voice in Okinawan war memory" ... Read more.

Table Manners

Performance: 17 Mar 2015 | 18:00 to 18:45 | London College of Communication.
Table Manners is a performance strategy somewhere between a séance, a chess match, table tennis, a dinner date and an interrogation. Devised by David Toop, the format blurs and confuses boundaries between sound art installation, music performance, public lecture and private conversation. Read more.

Exhibition: Dialogic Assemblages

Feb 8 - 18 2015, A Kochi Muziris Biennale Collateral show at Artry Gallery Kochi, India.
Curated by Meena Vari.
Following a residency in Kochi and workshops with students of Srishti school of Art, Design and Technology, Cathy Lane has created an audio visual installation titled Beam ... Read more.

"Sound Matters"

"Sound Matters: a framework for the creative use and re-use of sound". CRiSAP Research Fellow Ximena Alarcón has been shortlisted for the JISC Research Data Spring and is presenting at the International Digital Curation Conference: 9-12 February 2015.  'Sound is a distinctive material used by many disciplines as part of their  ... Read more


Beam, Srishti Interim, 2014

Workshops, Installation and performance with Cathy Lane at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore and Kerela. The seas are busy with maritime traffic carrying diverse cargos all over the world.  These vessels transverse the globe, following complex protocols, interacting with each other as well as with shore and coastal water based communication systems ... Read more ...


Voyages into listening and writing by Daniela Cascella and Salomé Voegelin. A monthly series of one-hour long debates and voyages into listening and writing by Daniela Cascella and Salomé Voegelin, with occasional guests. ... Read more ...

Radio Art Reflections

An online curated series By Magz Hall. On Sounding Out!
November 2014. Focusing on innovative approaches to radio art, the series will bring together three leading practitioners who have been researching the field from Canada, Australia and the U.K. ... Read more

Sonic Possible Worlds

A new book by Salomé Voegelin 'Sonic Possible Worlds: Hearing the Continuum of Sound'. Inspired by its use in literary theory, film criticism and the discourse of game design, Salomé Voegelin adapts and develops “possible world theory” in relation to sound. David K Lewis' Possible World is juxtaposed with Maurice Merleau... more...



PoL #16 Footsteps of Sound

In June 2015 Moushumi Bhowmik & Sukanta Majumdar lead a Points of Listening session titled 'Footsteps of Sound working in and out of archives': "The Travelling Archive is two of us: Moushumi Bhowmik, singer and writer, and Sukanta Majumdar, sound recordist and sound artist. We live in Calcutta (Kolkata) and have been travelling across eastern India and Bangladesh ..." Read more.


Visiting Researcher

During May 2015, Felipe Cussen was welcomed to CRiSAP as a Visiting Researcher. Felipe Cussen  (1974) is a writer and musician from Santiago, Chile... Read more.

PoL # 15 Sound Walk

Points of Listening with John Wynne. Known primarily for his installation practice and works for radio, John Wynne has been using sound walks as a method of encouraging students to become more sensitive to their sonic environment for many years … read more.


Deep Listening Workshop by Dr Ximena Alarcón 

Dr Ximena Alarcón will be holding a Deep Listening workshop as part of UAL Performance Research Group in collaboration with CRiSAP.  ‘When you listen, something will happen’ is one of the many intriguing invitations that Pauline Oliveros, pioneer composer, educator, humanitarian and creator of the Deep Listening practice, makes to her students ... Read more.

Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music 2015

Fractured Narratives - Improvised sound and stories | Symposium | Saturday 25 April 2015, Queen's University Belfast.
This symposium included presentations from Cathy Lane (Key note), Kevin Logan, Ximena Alarcón, Maria Papadomanolaki, Artur Vidal and Andrea Zarza speaking on CRiSAP's London Musicians Collective Archive ... Read more.

PoL # 14 doing listening hearing reading

With Kevin Logan. Thursday April 16th, 2015. The term acousmatic comes from the Greek word akousma: ‘what is heard’, and originally describes a particular method of delivering lectures. In English, we generally contrast the passive form, to hear, with the active or intensive, to listen. In an attempt to interrogate the very nature of pedagogic practices such as lectures and ... read more.

Fluxus Event Scores at White Cube Gallery

Throughout February, March and April CRiSAP PhD students, LCC MA Sound Arts' students and graduates performed a range of Fluxus event scores at Christian Marclay's exhibition at the White Cube Gallery. Read more.


Radio Now: A Symposium

Presented by CRiSAP and London College of Communication, convened by Ed Baxter of Resonance FM. This one day symposium on March 11th welcomed eight international radio experts to examine the medium from a contemporary practitioner's perspective in order to provide a snapshot of art, research and the feature in today's local and global radio landscapes. Read more.

Points of Listening with Viv Corringham

POL #13 'Audient ' was held at GV Art Gallery on 11th March. This session was a collaborative sound making performance, created by the participants. With no fixed audience; each person shifts between the two roles of performer and audience, aiming to spend as much time listening as playing. Read more.


Exhibition: Staging Disorder

‘Staging Disorder’, an exhibition of photography, sound and moving image exploring the contemporary representation of the real in relation to modern conflict.
The exhibition included selected images from seven photographic series and work by CRiSAP's artists Cathy Lane, Angus Carlyle (and his collaborator, the anthropologist Rupert Cox), David Toop and Peter Cusack.
Private View: Tuesday 27 January 6-9pm  |  Exhibition: Monday 26 January - Thursday 12 March. Read more ...

CRiSAP perform at White Cube with Christian Marclay

CRiSAP students and graduates performed during Christian Marclay's exhibition at White Cube Gallery on 7th Feb. 'Singing Saw and Glass Harp', a performance led by Christian Marclay with guest appearance from Thurston Moore, featured ethereal tones from music saw players music glass players. Read more. 


Points of Listening

Points of Listening (PoL) is a monthly programme of listening workshops, activities and discussions based in and around London. From January 2014 it takes place every second Wednesday of the month. Events are held at the London College of Communication in addition to various locations, outdoors and indoors, throughout the… more...

Sound::Gender:: Feminism::Activism 2014

What, in the historical present, might constitute an activist life in sound? This event queried the place and performance of activism within discourses and practices of sound arts, sound-based arts and experimental musics that are engaged with gender, feminist and queer politics.    Our invited keynotes were Tara Rodgers (USA)… more...