Lawrence English

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Lawrence English (born 1976) is a composer, artist and curator living in Brisbane, Australia. For over a decade and a half he has been an tireless force in Australian sound art and adventurous music, provoking new approaches and concerns, both as a creator and curator. His work broadly concerns the politics of perception.

Sound works[edit]

His recorded work is widely published on a variety of respected labels including 12K, Room40, Touch Music, Crónica, Baskaru, Winds Measure and numerous others.

His sound works move across a broad range of spheres from electronic based composition, through to evocative field recordings that seek to reveal those sound spaces largely ignored or inaudible. His Studies For Stradbroke edition for example drew out a variety of hydrophonic atmospheres from Stradbroke Island - capturing sounds as delicate as sand grains in motion.

As a producer and studio provocateur English has worked extensively to develop a unique perspective on the possibilities of deconstruction of expectation within song form, esoteric electronic processes and structural arrangement - working with artists such as Blank Realm, Ben Frost, Tujiko Noriko, Tenniscoats and The Rational Academy amongst others.

English cites childhood experiences birdwatching for reed warbler with his father as a large influence on his work. He has stated, "If you just looked in the reeds you'd see nothing. If you listened you got an idea of space and a sense of where it might be, then you understood it. That's probably my first experience with these ideas of space and sound, which are basically the fundamental building blocks of what I've been interested in since then."[1]

Selected discography[edit]

  • 2001 – Map51F9 (IAG)
  • 2002 – David Toop, Scanner, I/O3 – A Picturesque View, Ignored (room40)
  • 2003 – Object – Pandemic (Quatermass)
  • 2004 – Ghost Towns (room40)
  • 2004 – Overland (Naturestrip)
  • 2004 – Transit (Cajid)
  • 2005 – Limnology (Autumn)
  • 2005 – Plateau with Ai Yamamoto (Phonostique)
  • 2005 – Happiness Will Befall (Crónica)
  • 2005 – Blurred In My Mirror with Tujiko Noriko (room40)
  • 2006 – Suikinkutsu (Autumn)
  • 2006 – One Plus One with Philip Samartzis (room40)
  • 2007 – For Varying Degrees Of Winter (Baskaru)
  • 2007 – Object – Asobi (Sensory Projects)
  • 2007 – Merola Shoulders with Domenico Sciajno (Phonostique)
  • 2008 – Kiri No Oto (Touch)
  • 2008 – Studies For Stradbroke (Winds Measure)
  • 2008 – U with Tujiko Noriko and John Chantler (room40)
  • 2008 – Euphonia with Tom Hall (Baskaru)
  • 2008 – It's Up To Us To Live (Sirr)
  • 2009 – HB with Francisco López (Baskaru)
  • 2011 – The Peregrine (Experimedia)
  • 2012 - A Path Less Traveled With Minamo (Immune)
  • 2012 - For/Not For John Cage (Line)
  • 2013 - Boombana Echoes With Akio Suzuki (Winds Measure)
  • 2013 - Lonely Women’s Club (Important)
  • 2013 - Slow Walkers With Liz Harris (Peak Oil)
  • 2014 - Wilderness Of Mirrors (Room40)

Artworks[edit]

Lawrence English has exhibited a variety of auditory, kinetic, public and structural artworks that are primarily concerned with the politics of perception and notions of incidental experience, site specificity and environment.

  • 2001 – Medi@ Terra, Frankfurt
  • 2002 – Sound Spaces, Perth
  • 2002 – Variable Resistance, San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art
  • 2002 – Invisible Cities, Belfast Festival At Queens
  • 2003 – Sounds Like, Performance Space, Sydney
  • 2003 – Inna (as part of PrimeTwo at Queensland Art Gallery)
  • 2004 – On Conflict And Agreement, Barcelona
  • 2004 – SIGHT Site, Tokyo Japan
  • 2004 – Isentropic Process, SOOB, Brisbane
  • 2005 – Ghost Towns, Artspace, Auckland
  • 2005 – Window Standpoint Series
  • 2006 – Isentropic Process 1-100Hz, The Window, QPAC, Brisbane
  • 2006 – Silence Listening, QSM, Brisbane
  • 2006 – LEFRAUSNZNWSD1/2, Next Wave Festival, Melbourne
  • 2007 – Re: Collections, State Library Of Queensland
  • 2007 – Triumvirate, Old Museum Of Brisbane with Kim Demuth + Eluned Lloyd
  • 2007 – Bathe, as part of Grey Water IMA with Toshiya Tsunoda
  • 2008 – Trio For Objects (MSSR)
  • 2009 - Black Wind, Inbetween Spaces
  • 2010 - Fall, Westspace Gallery
  • 2011 - I Stole You Kiss, Boxcopy
  • 2012 - Summer Elsewhere, QUT Creative Industries Precinct
  • 2012 - As Though Your Life Depended On Six Streams, Brisbane Powerhouse
  • 2013 - Heavy Nothing / I'll Be Your Mirror, QUT Art Museum
  • 2013 - Songs For The Constant (Never The Solid)
  • 2013 - Night Rage (With Keith Armstrong), ISEA Sydney
  • 2014 - Dark Cartographies (with Keith Armstrong), Kick Arts
  • 2014 - Light Of Extinction (with Keith Armstrong), Thingworld at NAMOC Beijing


Curation[edit]

English curates the acclaimed labels Room40, A Guide To Saints and Someone Good, as well as various sound art and electronic music series including MONO, Fabrique, Syncretism and NineHoursNorth which are active across Australia, New Zealand and parts of Asia. He also curates Open Frame Room40's annual festival of sound and media.

His conceptually driven sound art exhibitions Melatonin - Meditations On Sound In Sleep (commissioned by the Next Wave Festival), On Isolation (commissioned by the University of Tasmania), Incidental Amplifications (co-curated by Lloyd Barrett), Audible Geography (commissioned by the and Airport Symphony (commissioned by the Queensland Music Festival)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Clark, Alistair (2010-10-08). "Lawrence English". Crasier Frane. Retrieved 2010-10-08. 

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