The SARU (Sonic Art Research Unit) provides a forum for dialogue between the fields of Experimental Composition and Sound Art; including electroacoustic, language based composition, interdisciplinary and site-specific practices, field recording and soundscape studies. SARU curates the annual sound festival audiograft; supports the development of online projects including Sound Diaries and Found Soundscape and programmes symposia, performances and exhibitions. SARU is supported by a community of practitioners.
You can get involved in SARU through our new MA Sound Arts course and our PhD programme. If you want to know more you can find a collection of work by SARU on the Oxford Brookes University research repository RADAR or take a look at the following links:

Sound Diaries 
Found Soundscape 

SARU supports the record label Consumer Waste and often works in partnership with Compost and Height.

Who is involved in helping SARU run smoothly:

Prof. Paul Whitty 

Director of SARU; Professor of Music & Researcher; Co-Director of audiograft.


Paul Whitty is a composer and researcher. He is a founder of the Sonic Art Research Unit (SARU) at Oxford Brookes and co-directs audiograft festival.Recent projects include this is what happens when nothing happens (2015) commissioned by MWLTH and broadcast on BBC Radio 3; and two contributions to grist (Metier 2014). Collaborative projects include The Swimmer – A True Story a film and installation developed with novelist Roma Tearne and exhibited at the 54th Venice Biennale (2011). At present Paul is continuing to intervene in pre-existing contexts including scores, places and sound-making objects. He prefers to use notes that have previously been used by someone else.  Website

Prof. Ray Lee 

Professor & Researcher


Formerly a lecturer in Contemporary Arts and Music at Nottingham Trent University, Ray has worked at Oxford Brookes since 1999.

He is an artist, composer, performer as well as a lecturer. In 2012 he received the British Composer of the Year award for Sonic Art.

He has presented his large scale sound art performances all over the world. Website


Dr. Patrick Farmer 

Associate Lecturer & Researcher


Dr Patrick Farmer is a member of the Set Ensemble and has published various books and essays over the last few years. He has had audio works released on labels such as Another Timbre and Winds Measure, and has performed all over the world, most recently at the Ftarri festival in Japan, and the Art Writing festival in Denmark. Patrick has a new CD out soon on Caduc with David Lacey, entitled Pell-Mell the Prolix, is currently writing a series of compositions based on the work of Gertrude Stein and Ann Quin, and his new book, entitled Close Eclogues on Tiptoe, is forthcoming. Website

Stephen Cornford

Senior Lecturer & Researcher (Sound Art); Co-Director of audiograft

02-stephenStephen is an audio-visual artist working between installation and performance. His practice is concerned with reconfiguring consumer electronics as expressive and reflective devices. He studied at The Slade School of Fine Art and Dartington College of Arts and is currently a PhD candidate at Winchester School of Art with Jussi Parikka and Ian Dawson. Stephen has had solo exhibitions in Tokyo, Berlin, Brighton, Bergen, Ljubljana & London and his work has been included in group exhibtions at the ZKM Center for Art & Media, Karlsruhe; ICC, Tokyo; Haus der Electronische Kunst, Basel; and at Bienalles in Lodz and Poznan. Website 

Harriet Butler

Sound Artist & Research Assistant (Digital Collections)


Harriet Butler is a research assistant with the Sonic Art Research Unit. She constructs sonic sculptures and composes. She also performs with Buried Head Collective.

Harriet is currently developing her final MA piece, Shell – an installation that considers the craft of storytelling.


Dr. Paul Dibley

Principal Lecturer & Researcher (Electroacoustic Music); Co-Founder of audiograft

Paul Dibley

Paul is a Sonic Artist and Composer who mainly creates electroacoustic music and interactive computer music. He has had his compositions performed in the UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Finland, Spain, Canada, USA, Thailand and Australia. Recently he has worked with Jos Zwaanenburg (Amsterdam Conservatorium), Contemporary Music Ensemble Okeanos, and harpsichordist Jane Chapman. Paul was one of the four mentioned composers at the 26th International Electroacoustic Music Competition at Bourges, France. Paul is currently Field Chair for Undergraduate Music at Oxford Brookes. Website