Epping Forest Stop Motion + Vocal Soundscape

This is a quick upload of some of the art I am currently exploring for my PhD research in music/ soundscapes. What I have come to find is anything can really be a soundscape because noise is all around us! Whether we are listening to traffic, or having the radio on in the car, soundContinue reading “Epping Forest Stop Motion + Vocal Soundscape”

Changes to the Creative Process through Autoethnography, Auto-Ethnomethodology and Reflective Practice

An ethnomethodology is an examination of common cultural actions, beliefs, and behaviors that make sense of everyday life. This is done through researching communications of everyday people through speech and other interactions (Allen 2017). However, ‘auto’ differentiates this method by prefixing ‘self’ to ethnomethodology. Instead of focusing on the standard or perhaps alternative ways ofContinue reading “Changes to the Creative Process through Autoethnography, Auto-Ethnomethodology and Reflective Practice”

World Suicide Prevention Day, 10th September 2020: My Story

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and I wanted to share my story. I just turned 30. With this age comes a lot of funny stories and happy memories, but the dichotomy of life brings the painful reminders and scars too. Though I have experienced good moments, often these positive events are outweighed by theContinue reading “World Suicide Prevention Day, 10th September 2020: My Story”

From Sound Art to Soundwalk: Narrowing my PhD Focus

Throughout this first year as a PhD student my work has undergone many changes in direction and exploration. Having a creative practice PhD allows for this type of shift and change, which is a benefit when trying to contextualize or make sense of the work I am creating. At first, my focus was on meditationContinue reading “From Sound Art to Soundwalk: Narrowing my PhD Focus”

Self Reflection and my Annual Progress Review (First Year as a PhD Student)

For my APR (Annual Progress Review), I have thought a lot about my work. Throughout this year, I noticed my tools, environment, and mental health have impacted my creative practice. Read more about these observations below: Music & Reflection Currently my materials are limited. I use my phone (galaxy s8) to do all recordings andContinue reading “Self Reflection and my Annual Progress Review (First Year as a PhD Student)”

ARC2020 Hosted by the University of Wolverhampton Photo Competition Winner

Thank you to those at the University of Wolverhampton and PGR’s who have voted for my photo for this year’s Doctoral Depictions Photo Competition. I am chuffed to have won first place and look forward to taking many more photos of my PhD journey. Here is my submission: Whilst collecting field recordings (to grow myContinue reading “ARC2020 Hosted by the University of Wolverhampton Photo Competition Winner”

Shower Thoughts Version 2, editing the sonic experience

After submitting and receiving feedback for Shower Thoughts v1 (Shower Thoughts in Self-Isolation: A Sonic Guided Journey) at the 21st Century Music Symposium, I was inspired to keep working with this idea and make changes based on the comments received. Not only that, but my opinions on the piece changed and I wanted to tryContinue reading “Shower Thoughts Version 2, editing the sonic experience”

Photography During Quarantine (Part II)

Whilst out collecting field recordings & building my sonic library, I take my camera and document what I see. The process: I walk to park areas and follow the government guidelines for social distancing. During the walk, I record noises and sounds that I find inspiring. At the same time, what I see inspires meContinue reading “Photography During Quarantine (Part II)”

Shower Thoughts in Self-Isolation: A Sonic Guided Journey

Guided meditation is a practice where the listener is guided through a sonic experience in order to achieve various results, usually in the form of finding peace or comfort. The instructor during these guided meditations may ask you to control your breathing, let go of unwanted thoughts, or focus on your visualization/ imagination, and mayContinue reading “Shower Thoughts in Self-Isolation: A Sonic Guided Journey”

Exploring ‘Noise’ vs ‘Sound’ Using Recordings from Outside

Social distancing is crucial at this time, as it is now mandated during the pandemic. We can only leave the house for essentials, which includes one daily exercise. This week I put my fitbit and facemask on to take a nice, spring walk outside. During my walk, I recorded the birds chirping and cars drivingContinue reading “Exploring ‘Noise’ vs ‘Sound’ Using Recordings from Outside”

Exploring Sonic Textures with Everyday Objects

Introduction to exploring sonic textures using everyday objects: After talking with my PhD advisors about my current research, we decided the next course of action would be to create some sonic textures to pair with what I have learned so far. After recording the sonic textures and compiling them together, I then compared the noise/soundContinue reading “Exploring Sonic Textures with Everyday Objects”

Photography during Quarantine

Before self-isolating to help combat the spread of the Coronavirus, I took a walk into the woods. My equipment: Headphones Music Camera I saw the flowers blooming, ducks in the creek, and leaves making their way back onto tree branches. The sun was bright and the wind was soft, making for a pleasant and peacefulContinue reading “Photography during Quarantine”

My first 6 months in a PhD program (UK)

It’s official. I have completed my first 6 months as a PhD student! What a journey it has been so far and plenty of lessons learned. Don’t get me wrong, normal day-to-day life still went on, but the PhD journey brings a splash of nuance that has transformed my world. Going through the process ofContinue reading “My first 6 months in a PhD program (UK)”

Troubled Kids & Meditation in Schools

Children displaying bad behaviors in school seems to be be an ongoing crisis in school districts across the United States. Most recently I heard about Philadelphia school district teacher troubles, where 50% of test scores in math, science, and English, do not pass proficiency (NBC10). Bad behavior impacts the child’s ability to learn and concentrate,Continue reading “Troubled Kids & Meditation in Schools”