Sound Matters combines the concerns and passions of an environmentalist with the musical skills and technological expertise of a sound engineer. It is an educational project that uses sound and music to positively connect listeners to the processes that are shaping the environment in the 21st Century. Sound Matters is a pragmatic, yet hopeful, response to the environmental crises we face.
Sound is important. Every sound we hear tells a unique story about the world in which we live. We are exposed to thousands of individual sounds, and combinations of sounds, each day and whilst we hear them, we do not heed the messages these sounds convey. We believe that by actively listening to the sounds that surround us we will learn a great deal about our increasingly violent relationship with the natural world. We believe that listening holds the key to building a more peaceful relationship between people and planet.
Using sound and music, we connect people to the environmental crises that, whilst appearing intractable, are nothing more than a manifestation of the disconnect that exists between people and the natural world of which we are a part. We use a wide range of techniques, and approaches, to take audiences, and clients, on an experiential journey that demonstrates the power of sound and music to connect people to Earth – our only home!
Since completing his Ph.D in Australia, where he was studying the links between climate change and security, Mike has dedicated himself to music and teaching. Now a highly sought-after public speaker, he has been delivering talks and lectures around the world for the last 17 years, engaging people with environmental issues and teaching them how crucial it is to love nature. No stranger to the stage, Mike has performed at festivals across the globe as a highly respected didgeridooist and has also recorded several studio albums as a recording artist. Currently Climate Change Advisor to The Elders Foundation (http://theelders.org/), he is regarded as one of the top thinkers, writers and speakers in his field.
Harry has been in the music industry for over 15 years. After completing his degree at the Academy of Contemporary Music, he has been creating music from both sides of the mixing desk, as a session musician and film composer, and as a highly sought-after sound engineer, producer and remixer. With clients including Jamiroquai, Roy Ayers, Shannon Saunders, Little Mix and Disclosure, Harry is now based in East London where he manages a brand new music studio complex called The Blue Studios. In addition to his musical endeavours, Harry is extremely passionate about the environment and how to use sound to engage people on the issue. As an avid location recordist, Harry has been archiving soundscapes of the wild spaces in London and in the rest of the UK.
Julia has almost 20 years experience working for international human rights and development organisations in a variety of programme development, funding and management roles. She has lived and worked in various countries including Colombia and Nicaragua. Julia is a strategic thinker and has a deep interest in finding new and exciting ways to communicate and motivate people to think and act differently about the intractable development and environmental issues that face us around the world. She’s also a ninja at managing and motivating teams and loves a logistical and organisational challenge. Julia is a classically trained Oboist and has performed as a soloist and with orchestras in the UK and overseas.
The internal world of the individual and the local environment in which the individual exists.
The wider environment in which the individual is embedded/contextualised: the city, the ecosystem, the bioregion, the country.
Where the ‘big’ stuff happens! Here we try to make sense of issues such as: climate change, biodiversity loss, paradigm shifts, global political and economic processes, poverty and sustainability.
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