Duncan Speakman is a composer and director of the artists collective ‘Circumstance’. Circumstance attempt to create cinematic experiences in uncontrolled environments. These experiences take many forms, from mass participation performances and intimate in-ear stories, to books, installations and soundwalks. They take melancholy and romance and wrap it up in the politics of mobile audio technology and public space.
Duncan originally trained as a sound engineer at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts but since 1999 he has been developing artworks and performances that both use and question digital communication systems. Since 2005 he has focused on mobile audio works and locative media, developing pieces where the line between audience and performer becomes continually questioned. From 2007 − 2010 he was a senior lecturer in Media Practice at the University of the West of England and more recently taught on the ArtScience programme at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague.
Structured compositions for the improvised world
We have been recording music and sound for just over a century with a fairly consistent intention: to capture it for playback in a controlled space. As our listening environments become fluid and mobile how can the process of artists respond. How do we compose for a world and audience that refuses to be controlled.