Simon Keep works as a sound designer, composing soundtracks for short
films and moving image, he regularly works with the BBC, Intro, and Why
As a sound artist Simon researches ways of listening and working with
issues of noise pollution and silence, encouraging conscious listening
and the idea of letting hearing become the dominant sense. Simon's work
includes engaging people with sound and documenting their responses to
the local sound environment. He is currently collecting sound samples
from places of extreme or apparent silence and stillness.
Two CDs of Simon's work have been released, One on Expanding (UK) and
another on Sub Rosa (Belgium).
New works in response to collaborating with Radio
RECORDING AND WORKSHOPS AT THE LOCAL SCHOOL
Simon has been documenting the soundscape of Coleridge Community College.
By making recordings with the students he is mapping out the sound identity
of the school. This involves recording with electro magnetic microphones
collecting the hidden electrical sounds in and around the school such
as computers, electricity and networks.
They took their microphones on audio walks around the school recording
the environmental sounds of the schools rooms and corridors. Students
described their favourite and least favourite sounds.
Simon and the club members conducted sound experiments, including making
and destroying microphones with the school science technician, by dipping
them in acid, boiling them and flushing them down the toilet. Other microphones
were sent off in helium balloons, and some strapped to the front of bikes
and ridden through different terrains. The collections of sounds will
be edited into short compositions and transmitted on Radio Taxi.
MAKING SITE SPECIFIC SOUND FOR RADIO BROADCAST
The idea is to create sound tracks to suit peoples' everyday actions and
situations, in the context of where people would usually listen to the
radio. This will include different places and times of day, for example,
a sound track for driving home late at night, or for eating your breakfast
and reading the paper to on a Sunday morning.