Q & A with Andrea Byrne

Former Music Technology student and winner of The Engine Room 2015 Andrea Byrne has now been shortlisted for the British Composer Awards in the category of Sonic Art. We catch up with Andrea to find out how life has been since Morley.

What have you been working on since winning The Engine Room competition?

I am delighted to be working on a new sound piece for Mary Anne Hobbs for her BBC6 Music flagship arts and culture programme to be broadcast on the 6 December 2015. Listen here.
I have also been asked by the estate of the late artist Helen Chadwick to create an acoustic response to her seminal work Piss Flowers – an honour; she was an artist who influenced me greatly.

How has the sound art course at Morley helped you?

The sound art course was intense and incredibly productive. Camilo Salazar’s knowledge and enthusiasm for his subject inspires the development of the full potentialities of your own concepts. At the same time I also enrolled on the radio production course with Bennet Maxwell and Andy Popperwell. The combined workload from the two courses was immense and at times overwhelming but once I had fully committed to the schedule the immersion in sound (both art and radio) gave me an incredibly solid basis to develop the technical auditory considerations of my installation work. I am very grateful to Morley College.

What does it feel like to be shortlisted for the British Composer Awards?

Thrilled doesn’t even come close!

What would you recommend to anyone interested in getting into sound art?

Passion, patience, great headphones and a commitment to the development of your aural imagination: once you have these things in place book yourself onto the sound art course at Morley College.

What is your favourite sound art work?

I am a major fan of anything by Maya Deren, Janet Cardiff & Georges Bures Miller and Mira Calix. At the moment I am drawn to Maria Abramovic’s 1975 performance Art Must Be Beautiful: Artist Must be Beautiful – the sound from the hairbrush she violently pulls through her hair is reminiscent of the mundane yet oddly fascinating autonomous sensory meridian response videos on youtube.

What are you planning to do next?

Buy a dress for The BASCA awards!

Former Music Technology student and winner of The Engine Room 2015 Andrea Byrne has now been shortlisted for the British Composer Awards in the category of Sonic Art. We catch up with Andrea to find out how life has been since Morley.


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