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John Drever

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Operating at the intersections of sonic arts, sound design, soundscape studies, urbanism and environmental acoustics, Drever's practice represents an ongoing inquiry into the affect, perception, design and practice of everyday environmental sound and human utterance. Projects are often derived from extensive fieldwork, such as the exploration of the crowded soundscape of Hong Kong in 'Ochlophonics Hong Kong' (2001-2010).

Following his noise study of public toilets and the impact of 'ecological' hand dryers on accessibility, Drever calls for a new paradigm for understanding hearing that extends from a medical classification of the otologically normal to a socio-cultural conception of the auraltypical, heralding a a new agenda of auraldiversity and aural relativism within sound studies and acoustics.

Collaborators include: Rachel Gomme, Alice Oswald, Alaric Sumner, Tony Thatcher, Tony Whitehead (RSPB), Louise K. Wilson, Suiji Okada and comedian Mark Kelly. He is a member of Blind Ditch and has worked on many projects with poet, Lawrence Upton. Commissions range from the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (1999), Arts Council England (2002 & 2007), WDR Studio Akustische Kunst (2011) to the RSPB (2002). His work has twice been awarded a prize in the annual Musica Nova competition, Prague (1997 & 1998). He has discussed his research on BBC Radio 3's Hear and Now, BBC Radio 4's Today and BBC World Service's Discovery.

Drever is Professor of Acoustic Ecology and Sound Art at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he is co-head of the Unit for Sound Practice Research. From 1998 to 2018 he was been on the board of the World forum for Acoustic Ecology and was a trustee of Sonic Arts Network (2004-8). In 2013 he became an Academician of The Academy of Urbanism and is a Member of the Institute of Acoustics and Audio Engineering Society.

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