Ian ThompsonIan is a musician, sound designer/artist and educator.

Currently playing improvised ‘cello, he is revisiting techniques learned in the early 1990s with John Stevens at Community Music, London. Since then, he has played bass guitar with several groups including Mike Flowers Pops. He also established the Hackney Secular Singers community punk choir in 2008.

Recent collaborations on ‘cello include work with Breathing Space vocal collective and Richard Wilson RA, performing live spontaneous film soundtracks and ‘comprovised’ pieces such as HERD (Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2015) and BELL (St Leonard’s Church Shoreditch, 2016). He has also performed regularly with various combinations of musicians for Jaime Rory-Lucy’s Rucksack Cinema.

A qualified sound engineer, Ian has created work as a sound designer and artist. In 2009 he established 3D60 in collaboration with the late Mike Brady and music producer Youth, investigating new applications of binaural recording to multitrack music production. Projects included remixes of the Temper Trap, The Orb, and sound design for the App version of Beatrix Potters ‘Adventures of Peter Rabbit’ for Penguin publishing.

Ian’s solo sound art works include:

  • When I was a kid that was the dream (Tate Modern Tanks, 2012)
  • Roll Out (Festival No 6 art trail, 2013)
  • Litus Expromo (OverTime group show, Greenwich, London 2014)
  • Symphony Number 1 in DAB for side channel artefacts and digital radio (University of Greenwich, 2015)

At present, he is working on Arrival Time, a generatively composed piece using open source data from Transport for London as a control source, completion due July/August 2016.

Ian is currently Programme Leader for BA Digital Arts Practice at the University of Greenwich, London, where he also leads courses in sound design for moving image, audio technology, and creative practice. He is also developing new courses incorporating improvisation-led composition for the BA Sound Design programme.

Ian has also worked on several web based projects for the BBC (including pre-iPlayer live streaming) via independent production company Somethin’ Else, and was a creative producer for Razorfish digital agency.


Introducing Ian Thompson
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