Sarah began her PhD at the University of Manchester in September 2020, funded by the AHRC NWCDTP. Her research is titled:
The Animal ‘Voice’: Combining Sonic And Behavioural Communication Within The Compositional Process
Her research explores the application of different forms of animal communication, both sonic and behavioural, within the context of electroacoustic composition, in order to create new sonic means for conservation awareness, public engagement, and nature connection.
In short: how can I, as an electroacoustic composer, use animal communication as a means of moving people to engage with conservation issues?
Over the course of my PhD, I will be undertaking three bouts of fieldwork at the following conservation facilities, where I will create sound libraries of their animals and then use those recordings to create electroacoustic works.
2020: Wildwood Trust, a centre for the conservation of British wildlife that features both past and present species.
- Find out more about my fieldwork at Wildwood Trust
- Check out some examples from the Wildwood Sound Library
- Listen to 'Our Ancient Woods', the first piece composed using the Wildwood Sound Library
- Listen to 'Keystone', the second piece composed using the Wildwood Sound Library
2021: Jersey Zoo, which has rewilding, conservation and training initiatives all over the world.
2022: Ankarafantsika and Alaotra, Madagascar, exploring Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust's work with local communities and conservation livelihoods, funded by Jersey Overseas Aid (JOA).