Lawrence Upton and John Levack Drever

From Issue 1

Quicktime version of a performance piece -  visual poems, computer-generated variations on the name "Peter Manson", taken as scores for vocal utterance and electronic treatment, celebrating Manson's 40th birthday.


Author Biography

Lawrence Upton. UK-born artist, currently based Greater London, holding an AHRC Creative Fellowship at Music Dept, Goldsmiths, University of London until April 2011. Books in print:

a song and a film, Veer Publications, UK, 2009

Water lines and other poems, Chalk Editions, USA, 2009 [e-book]

Snapshots and video, Writers Forum, UK, 2009

Scat Songs on a text by Chris Funkhouser, Xexoxial Editions, USA, 2008

Wire Sculptures, Reality Street Editions, UK, 2000

Meadows, Writers Forum, UK, 2000

Word Score Utterance Choreography in verbal and visual poetry, (co-editor) Writers Forum, UK, 1998

The desire to testify: Interview with Chris Goode December 2008 - February 2010 []

Recent performances with William English (sound track to his film Still); Chris Goode (performing Michael Basinski), John Levack Drever (list below) and Tina Bass (list below) + solo.

John Levack Drever is a sonic artist focusing on everyday environmental sound and human utterance. He has collaborated with a number of writers including Alaric Sumner, Tony Lopez, Alice Oswald and on an ongoing basis, Lawrence Upton. He is a member of Blind Ditch. Commissions range from the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (1999) to Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (2002). He was the final chair of Sonic Arts Network and a co-founder and chair of the UK and Ireland Soundscape Community, a regional branch of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology. His PhD from Dartington College of Arts, awarded in 2001, was titled, ‘Phonographies: Practical and Theoretical Explorations into Composing with Disembodied Sound’. He has been awarded a prize in the annual Musica Nova Competition, Prague on two occasions. His most recent publication is, 'Soundwalking: creative listening beyond the concert hall', in Saunders, J. (ed.) 2009, The Ashgate Research Companion to Experimental Music. He is a Senior Lecturer in composition and head of the Unit for Sound Practice Research at Goldsmiths, University of London.