Hannah Dargavel-Leafe

Reading:

Julia Blackburn – Time Song: Searching for Doggerland

Marguerite Duras – Practicalities

Thomas Bernhard – Extinction

Listening to:

Beatrice Dillon – Workaround

Amplify2020’s bandcamp releases

Watching:

Céline Sciamma – Portrait of a Lady on Fire

John Smith – The Black Tower

Working on:

I have just finished a set of sound pieces, Fountains, which will be released on the cassette label Eminent Observer in the next few weeks. And I’m back in my studio, working on drawings in relation to the sounds and the landscapes they were recorded in.

I’ve also been researching and recording my radio show, Sonic Envelopes, that goes out on RTM.FM on the last Wednesday of each month. In the next episode I interview the artist Gabriella Hirst about her sound piece ‘Siren Song/The Winner Takes it All’ and we talk about Greek myths, Eurovision and the practicality of using sea sponges as a windshield.


Hannah Dargavel-Leafe is an artist and researcher based in London. Her practice considers landscape and sound within the expanded field of sculpture.

Hannah Dargavel-Leafe

insta @hannah.dl

James Green

Reading:

Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky – Memories of the Future

Susan Elizabeth Hale – Sacred Space, Sacred Sound 

Listening to:

Sary Moussa – Imbalance

M.RUX – Vermonische Melodien 

Watching:

Park Chan-wook – Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

DEVS

Working on:

Pre-lockdown I had been recording sounds in and around Aberdeen for a couple of projects, Audiograft being one of them. Since then I have been trying to create some small tools to help me perform and compose using these recordings. I ended up compiling them and turning them into an app, which i’ve put up for free here


James is a sound artist, based in Aberdeen, whose work revolves around field recordings and installations that highlight our urban environments. Using audio and visual elements he brings together fragmented elements of our social spaces and engagements, in an attempt to better understand our most immediate surroundings. 

James Green

Sophie Cooper

Reading:

Herman Hesse – The Glass Bead Game 

Tim Lawrence – Hold On to Your Dreams, Arthur Russell and the Downtown Music Scene, 1973-1992

Listening to:

Big question! I’ve been able to spend so much more time than usual (for obvious reasons) listening to my existing record collection so the top two things on my huge record pile are… 

Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids – We Be All Africans

Nathan Bowles – Whole & Cloven

Watching:

Riley Stearns – Faults 

Leigh Wannell – The Invisible Man 

I’m very excited about the Candyman reboot coming out this summer too.

Working on: 

I’m writing a lot of music at the moment with the intention of it all ending up as 2 solo records, one of these projects is more on the noisy side than the other which is more weird song based. I’m also working on new The Slowest Lift material with Julian Bradley, who I have a constant file and text exchange going on with.

I’ve also got some interesting work projects happening as well, I’ve currently mentoring young event planners and passing on the ways of DIY gig organisation, just hope they can put the skills into practice sometime soonish. I’m also working with Yorkshire Sound Women Network developing a new training programme promoting womxn working in audio, it’s fascinating stuff. 


Sophie Cooper is a West Yorkshire based musician who enjoys experimenting with the conventions of song writing. Her main instruments are trombone, guitar and vocals and the music made could be described as psychedelic, drone or noise music. The songs have a dreamlike quality, with sounds and vocals drifting in and out of clarity.

In addition to solo performance and compositions, recent projects include a collaboration with French composer Delphine Dora and a distance duo with Julian Bradley of Vibracathedral Orchestra called ‘The Slowest Lift’ commissioned by Supernormal Festival. 

Cooper performs regularly throughout the UK and Ireland. She is also the founder of Todmorden’s psyche and drone event ‘Tor Festival’. 

Sophie Cooper

Thomas Martin Nutt

Reading:

John Berger & John Christie – I Send You This Cadmium Red

Mei Mei Berssenbrugge – I Love Artists

Guy Davenport – The Geography of the Imagination

Listening to:

Toshiya Tsunoda – Extract from Field Recording Archive

Watching:

Stan Brakhage – By Brakhage: An Anthology

Working on:

I have been working on a durational postal project that documents listening experiences throughout one calendar year. The requirement being that you compose economical text or images in response to sound, and then compose sound from the resultant correspondence. It’s about sharing. It’s about being aware and feeling glad to be here. It’s an enjoyable bureaucracy that situates yourself in flux.


Martin (b. 1981, UK) is an artist with a particular interest in sound and language and their relationship to listening and meaning. His practice centres around experimental composition and improvisation but is demarcated by a more nebulous border, and is defined by the search for it.  

Thomas Martin Nutt

SARU is a research group that provides a forum for dialogue and exploration between the fields of experimental composition and sound art. It is situated in the School of Arts at Oxford Brookes University between the fields of Music and Fine Art. Areas of interest include electroacoustic and language based composition, interdisciplinary practices, field recording and auditory knowledge. SARU is bolstered by a community of practitioners and is home to audiograft, a festival of contemporary experimental music and sound art.

You can get involved in SARU through our new MA Sound Arts course and our PhD programme.