Nye Parry

contemporary sound and music

Welcome to my website. I am a composer and sound artist who has made work for numerous museums including the Science Museum, the National Maritime Museum, Heineken Experience and the British Museum. Many of my early pieces are site-specific and deal in some way with evoking a sense of history, both in the choice of sound sources and their spatial composition. In particular, the multi-channel installation Boomtown (Oldham, 1998) spawned an interest in oral history which led to a number of collaborative projects with Cathy Lane, including the Memory Machine at the British Museum (2005), a co-edited edition of the journal Organised Sound on the theme of Sound, History and Memory, and a residency at Srishti College of Media in Bagalore. More recently I have become interested in the structural possibilities of spatial awareness and has developed navigable soundscapes using a variety of approaches including the use of locative media (GPS) in Scratch, a collaboration with BBC Radio Drama and members of the Lansdown Centre for Electronic Arts at Middlesex University in 2008. The installations The Exploded Sound (2012) and Significant Birds (2013) created as part of a period as research fellow at CRiSAP (Creative Research in Sound Arts Practice) at LCC, University of the Art London, allow listeners to explore the inner harmonic structure of sounds in space, playing with perception and illusion.

I have written concert works including a number featuring Balinese Gamelan alongside western instruments for the London Symphony Orchestra’s Community Gamelan as well as works for live musicians and electronics such as the site-specific musical game Ludus for 2 saxophone quartets, Dice and Colour Sensors (2009) for the Colourscape Festival. His work has been broadcast internationally including on BBC Radios 3 and 4, France Musique, CBC (Canada) and Hessischer Rundfunk Germany. As a performer I have played in many styles of music from classical piano to Balinese Gamelan to free improvisation, including appearances at the Spitz, Southbank Centre, MTV (Bjork unplugged). I have also worked extensively with contemporary dance with pieces for Bedlam, Scottish Dance Theatre, Raphael Bonacela, Colin Poole and Charles Linehan among others. I was programme leader for the MA in Sonic Art at Middlesex University between 2003 and 2011 and currently lecture at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

The links above represent ideas as well as genres. This seems to me to be a good way of representing both the diversity and the interrelatedness of my work. If you are intersted in a particular area such as museum sound or concert music, you will find a heading, but if you are more interested in how I approach the use of space in my work or my interest in the spoken word, you can find headings for that too. In each category you will find descriptions of individual projects and bits of video and/or sound. Some projects appear under more than one heading but I’ve tried not to repeat unnecessarily, so please explore and feel free to report back on the contact page.