PhD, MA Angela McArthur
Composer and Sound artist
I make spatial sound-led installations representing ‘othered’ voices, through uncomfortable spaces of ambiguity. I’m a practitioner and researcher, working with the aesthetics of spatial sound and non-human onto-epistemologies. The subject matter I tend towards ranges from marine acoustic pollution, to the ethics of aesthetics. I’ve worked in studio, live and location environments. My PhD is with Becky Stewart and Mark Sandler, both of the Centre for Digital Music and the Media & Arts Tech programme at Queen Mary Uni London. I have asked questions about what the third dimension of sound affords, particularly in its relation to image. Does it need to synchretise? To adhere to realism? Does it address or affect the sound-image contract informed by over a century of sound-image practice for screen? Can it elicit new ways of attentive listening at close range, or from afar? Will it help us to connect, or add to the milieu of mediation, that has us distanced from our collective impact on non-human living systems? I completed my masters in the School of Music & Fine Art at the Uni of Kent under Claudia Molitor and Sarah Turner. I’m from London, and have lived in places like New York, Canada, Sydney and Hong Kong.