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Murmurs 

 

Result of the YSWN's Sound Pioneers Residency at the University of Hull (2021)

Murmurs was created as part of the Yorkshire Sound Women Network's Sound Pioneers residency in the University of Hull's ambisonic studio, mentored by Dr Matthew Barnard. The result is 'Murmurs', an ambisonic sound work that combines otherworldly digital soundscapes and electroacoustic compositional techniques with the grounding textures of analogue synthesisers, manipulated live instrumentation and processed field recordings.

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HCMF// Commission (2020)

Edgeland

 

"Ryebank Fields is a precious spot of city nature for many in Suviste’s local community. Now threatened with the possibility of being developed over, Edgeland not only gives voice to the space, but also the local visitors and activists who interact with it. As with many of Suviste’s pieces, it marries the urban to the rural, emphasising our unavoidable impact on green spaces.” - HCMF

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Lōka

8-Channel Composition, created at NOVARS Research Centre (2020)

Lōka explores the experiences and music of the Bengali workers who migrated from rural Bangladesh and India to work in the factories and mills of the UK in the 1950s. This journey is told sonically by transforming a variety of folk songs and instruments, field recordings, archival material, historical narratives and oral histories into an immersive 8-channel composition.
 

*Won the 'Coup de Coeur' from the Centre-Wallonie-Bruxelles de Paris & Jury's Mention (Pierre Schaeffer Discoveries Prize) - Phonurgia Nova Awards (2020)

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Gathering Dust

Seed Studios Commission for Found Around Project (2020)

With the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown restrictions shutting Seed Studios, their community were left without the regular, face to face interaction they’ve enjoyed for years at our music and wellbeing workshops. To unite the Seed Studios community in this time of being apart, they invited them to send audio recordings that they thought reflected their time in lockdown. They then passed these sounds to three composers close to the Seed Community: Hayley Suviste, Hynta and Luke Dobbin.

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Unfrozen Neva

Stereo Composition, for Cities & Memory's Future Cities project (2020)

The Neva River in St. Petersburg would usually be frozen by the time it gets to winter; however, this year, the river remained unfrozen. This work traces the sound of the Neva River from its frozen form to its fluid.

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I Don't/Miss

Online Installation, commissioned by Whatstick Theatre (2020)

This work was part of Whatstick Theatre's 'Project Isolate' during the Covid-19 pandemic. For this work, they invited the public to send in audio responses to the question 'what do you miss?'. Visual artist Freya Wysocki and I had one day to put our audio-visual response together, using the submitted audio responses as a basis. 

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Making Manchester

Multi-Media Performance, sound-works commissioned by Olympias Music Foundation (2019)

Commission from Olympics Music Foundation to create a selection of sound works for Making Manchester, a multi-media performance exploring real-life stories of migration to the UK. Using live music, poetry and physical theatre, the work explores how these unique family histories, and communities' shared experiences of migration, are woven into the socio-cultural fabric of the city and its people. I recorded 60 pupils who told their families migration stories. From these recordings, I made 4 short pieces relating to the different sections of the performance - home, travelling, arriving & Manchester. Performed at NIAMOS Radical Arts Centre & RNCM

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In Those Days/Community

Stereo Composition, created at NOVARS Research Centre (2019)

This work is a homage to Britain’s urban landscapes, human resilience, poverty and childhood inspired by the pioneering female street photographer Shirley Baker. The photographs I have chosen to take inspiration from are Baker’s depictions of the urban clearance programmes of Hulme, Manchester, between 1961 – 1981. Despite being based on local memories, this piece testifies to the poverty and resilience of all communities that have been under siege due to changing cityscapes.

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NGC4993

Sonification, created at NOVARS Research Centre (2019)

On the morning of 17th August 2017, a ripple in space passed through our planet, detected by the LIGO and Virgo gravitational wave detectors. This cosmic disturbance came from a pair of neutron stars colliding at one third the speed of light in the galaxy NGC4993, 130 million light-years from Earth. The two neutron stars have been orbiting each other for most of the history of the universe, getting closer and closer until they merged into a doughnut-shaped unstable neutron star before finally collapsing as a black hole.

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Kinesis

Stereo Composition, created at NOVARS Research Centre (2018)

Kinesis explores the sonic characteristics of spinning objects, both embracing and subverting the processes in which these objects naturally follow. All of the sounds in this piece are derived from the stimulus of an object and the subsequent movement that this produces (the spinning of a coin, a bicycle wheel, motors and the ringing of Tibetan singing bowls), exploring the tensions between the gestural characteristic of the stimulus and the timbral quality of the movement that follows. *Honorary Mention - Matera Intermedia Festival, 2018.

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Degung 

Stereo Composition, created at NOVARS Research Centre (2017)

Degung is a set of three acousmatic miniatures that collectively explore the musical and spiritual characteristics of the gamelan. In traditional Indonesian thinking, the gamelan is sacred and is believed to have supernatural power. Degung follows the gamelan from its natural form and sound to the wholly transformed and supernatural.

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