Jamie Lawson


Jamie Lawson is an Australian electroacoustic composer currently based in Scotland. Having undertaken undergraduate studies in music (Western Sydney University), and postgraduate studies in sound production (Macquarie University), Jamie secured an Elphinstone Scholarship from Aberdeen University and is currently undertaking his doctoral candidacy.

From 2016, Jamie has been an active participant in Aberdeen based sound/performance organisation sonADA, and Aberdeen University’s sonic arts research group SERG.

Jamie’s research centres heavily on field recording and fixed media composition, with creative coding and automated compositional strategies becoming an increasing area of interest. Outcomes from these practices have been featured as part of residencies and performances in conjunction with Sound Festival and Scotland’s Sounds.

Composer website: https://soundcloud.com/soundlawson

Featured Works

Guiding Mechanisms (Selective Analysis i-v), field recording, spoken voice and digital processing.
i. Wind, ii. Stalk  Forest iii. Larvae

Human explorations of an imagined extra-terrestrial sound environment promote creative explorations of the unknown. The representation of ‘alien’ sound phenomena subject to a boundless potential for difference becomes limited by humanity’s capacity to experience and represent sound material. How can one represent the aural landscape of an environment that is potentially beyond the understanding of the audience, whilst using sound material which is embedded with associations to the known human world?

Featured in Playlist 5: Nature Waves (31/5/2015)

6. Selective Analysis Life – Form 1b, fixed media, field recordings, and digital processing.

6. Selective Analysis: Life-Form 1b is one of six studies composed as part of Jamie’s 2014 Honours portfolio titled Hearing the Extra-Terrestrial. The collection attempts to creatively establish an alien acoustic ecology, mediating the unknowable through human-technological assemblage.

Featured in Space Waves – June 2017, curated by Marlene Radice.