Beastly Landscapes Symposium – Newcastle University

Beastly Landscapes Symposium – Newcastle University

The Beastly Landscapes Symposium was organised by Usue Ruiz Arana and Charlotte Veal in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University and held on September 10th 2021.

As a contributing artist, I used underwater pond recordings to explore the following idea:

“As Narcissus stared into a pool of water, what did he hear? Beyond his own reflection did the subtle thrum of aquatic life enchant him?”

A brief provocation within the symposium presented some of the freshwater sounds I have been researching. This was followed by a closing 4-channel immersive sound installation within Newcastle University’s iconic Arches. The soundscape was composed from my own field-recording library and Philip Glass-like excerpts of piano written and performed by Mhairi Hall. The programme note can be found below, along with some Twitter feeds.

The project website is hosted here:




A Fresh(water) Perspective