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: Sound Matters: a creative framework

Sound Matters: a creative framework - A community creating interfaces for the use and re-use of field recordings and speech. A research project undertaken in 2014, led by Ximena Alarcón and Cathy Lane, funded by JISC, that brings together an interdisciplinary community working in the creative use and re-use of sound specifically field recordings and speech. Ximena Alarcón and Cathy Lane worked to create together a framework that facilitates the interrogation and relational playback of sound in its own terms. They envisioned the framework as a ‘Listening-Led Environment’. The research project was undertaken in three stages, Interviews, Online Gathering and a Co-Design workshop.

Member Profile: Louise Marshall

Louise Marshall comes to PhD research after a long career as a music and arts critic specialising in contemporary and experimental music and performance. Writing under the name of Louise Gray, she has published extensively in publications that include The Wire, Musicworks, New Internationalist, the Guardian, the Museums Journal and she is a former music correspondent of The Times and the Independent on Sunday. Her book on discourses within world music, The No-Nonsense Guide to World Music, was published in 2009 by New Internationalist. She also contributed a chapter on the use of music in the films of Nina Danino to Visionary Landscapes (Black Dog Publishing, 2004), and a section on Pauline Oliveros to the museum catalogue of the Whitney Biennial 2014.

Blog: Matterlurgy: Hearing from Artists

In the latest issue of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art's (MIMA) Hearing From Artists interviews, Head of Programme Elinor Morgan talks with artist duo Matterlurgy - Mark Peter Wright and Helena Hunter.