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Edinburgh SOA #4 David Toop / Linda O Keeffe / Luke Fowler / Veronica Mota 26-03-2019

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David Toop (born 1949) has been developing a practice that crosses boundaries of sound, listening, music and materials since 1970. This encompasses improvised music performance, writing, electronic sound, field recording, exhibition curating, sound art installations and opera. It includes seven acclaimed books, including Rap Attack (1984), Ocean of Sound (1995), Sinister Resonance (2010), Into the Maelstrom (2016) and Flutter Echo, a memoir first published in Japan (2017). Briefly a member of David Cunningham’s pop project The Flying Lizards in 1979, he has released thirteen solo albums, from New and Rediscovered Musical Instruments on Brian Eno’s Obscure label (1975) and Sound Body on David Sylvian’s Samadhisound label (2006) to Entities Inertias Faint Beings (2016). His 1978 Amazonas recordings of Yanomami shamanism and ritual were released on Sub Rosa as Lost Shadows (2016). In recent years his collaborations include Rie Nakajima, Akio Suzuki, Tania Chen, John Butcher, Ken Ikeda, Elaine Mitchener, Henry Grimes, Sharon Gal, Camille Norment, Sidsel Endresen, Alasdair Roberts, Thurston Moore, Ryuichi Sakamoto and a revived Alterations, the iconoclastic improvising quartet with Steve Beresford, Peter Cusack and Terry Day first formed in 1977. Curator of sound art exhibitions including Sonic Boom at the Hayward Gallery (2000), his opera – Star-shaped Biscuit – was performed as an Aldeburgh Faster Than Sound project in 2012. He is currently Professor of Audio Culture and Improvisation at London College of Communication.


Linda O Keeffe is currently the Head of the School of Fine Art at Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh University. She is editor-in-chief of the Interference Journal, a journal of audio cultures ( and founder of the Women in Sound Women on Sound organisation ( She is a distinguished visiting professor of sound studies at Beijing Foreign Studies University. She has received a number of awards and scholarships, as well as international artistic commissions. Her most recent commissions include the development of a new body of art work which explores renewable technologies, currently touring the UK, Hybrid Soundscapes I-IV. She was also selected in 2016 to develop a new work for the Irish Biennale, My Voice is Still Lost, and in 2017 was selected to present an original performance at the Cibelo Palace Concert Hall in Madrid. O Keeffe has also worked as a sound designer for theatre and Dance, recently as the sound designer for the short listed Norther Sound Awards production Hidden. She is currently collaborating with researchers in Asia examining the impact of new Asian cities on community sensory engagement. And is collaborating with sound artists and composers in Latin America, Australia and the UK exploring women in sound and music. Her written work has established sound as a theoretical and methodological process within sociological research, and she has published key texts in a number of international journals, her most recent papers include, ‘The Sound Wars: Silencing the Working Class Soundscape of Smithfield’ was published in Politiques de La Communication and ‘Reclaiming Public Space: Sound and Mobile Media Use by Teenagers’ in International Journal of Communication.


Luke Fowler (b. 1978, Glasgow) is an artist, filmmaker and musician based in Glasgow. His work explores the limits and conventions of biographical and documentary filmmaking, and has often been compared to the British Free Cinema of the 1950s. Working with archival footage, photography and sound, Fowler’s filmic montages create portraits of intriguing, counter cultural figures, including Scottish psychiatrist R. D. Laing and English composer Cornelius Cardew.
He was nominated for the 2012 Turner Prize for his exhibition ‘Luke Fowler with Toshiya Tsunoda and John Haynes’ at Inverleith House, Edinburgh. He has been the recipient of several prizes and awards including the Paul Hamlyn Award 2010, the Jarman Award in 2008 and the Dewar Prize in 2004.


Verónica Mota is a professional sound artist currently working in Berlin. Her works encompass analogue and digital synthesis, field recordings and Musique Concrète techniques, often displaying her proficiency at playing a variety of instruments. She has produced a large body of soundtrack work for Radio, film and performance, and, with Cubop & Espectra Negra, as a solo artist in her own right.

Verónica Mota is also the founder and curator behind Urban Arts Berlin, a non-profit arts organization based in Berlin, Germany. She works at bringing together excellent talents from all over the world. Her experience and hard work have found a fantastic global resonance in the field of sonic art. She has become one of the most important curators for supporting international female composers and musicians in Berlin. She does not, however, exclude male artists.

Urban Arts Berlin Radio is one of Mota's newer current projects where she presents and promotes the work of sound artists she has released under the Urban Arts Berlin label. Particularly relevant for her radio show is her excellent project Synthesis with two Volumes and a total of 75 sound works by professional composers -with a strong female presence- from all over the world. Urban Arts Berlin Radio is streamed in three platforms including Radio Resonance Extra in the United Kingdom, The Pi Radio Verbund Network and Urban Arts Berlin in Germany.

Since 2016 she has also been a member of The Ready Orchestra which brings together 21 female soloists based in Berlin with a Classic, Electronic, Electro-acoustic and Experimental background.

At present Verónica Mota is working on more ambitious projects which bring together live sound, vocalism, visuals and body art performance.

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