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Dr Matt Lewis


  • Matt is a sound artist and musician, his work focusses on the relationships between sound and the social. Key areas of interest include the politics of sound, urbanism, sonic inclusivity and immersivity. His work is most often focused on particular physical sites, or around particular social issues, such as regeneration, disability and urban planning. Matt is also co-director of Call & Response, one of Europe’s only independent sound spaces.

  • Biography

  • Matt studied at Dartington College and Goldsmiths, where he completed his PhD in 2013. Matt has exhibited and performed nationally and internationally in countries including Austria, Brazil, Portugal, Serbia and the USA, in festivals and venues such as Whitechapel Gallery, Café Oto, The Roundhouse, Diapason NYC, MK Gallery and Centro Cultural Sao Paulo. Recent commissions include Clandestine Airs with Resonance FM and VOID, no such thing as empty space, in collaboration with deafblind charity Sense, Where is the Rustling Wood? part of Metal Culture’s Harvest 15 with Studio Orta, Music for Hearing Aids as part of Unannounced Acts of Publicness in Kings Cross and Exploded Views with Turner Contemporary. From 2012-2013 he was an Artist Fellow at Central St Martins and was twice a resident artist with Metal Culture. Matt previously taught at CSM, University of Greenwich and LCC.

  • Practice

  • Matt’s practice is centered around the relationships between sound and social-space and his projects are generally focused on particular physical sites, or social issues, such as regeneration, inclusivity and noise pollution. His work seeks to test the potential for sound and acoustic design to confront and explore these issues, rather than simply representing or mitigating them, thereby reflecting the possibilities for new collaborations between artists and communities. Through the use of leading-edge technology with participatory strategies he produces work in the form of performances, installations and interventions. Informed by a background of music-making he’s passionate about the importance of coming together in groups to make things happen.  

  • External collaborations

  • Matt is a founder of Call & Response. C&R is one of Europe’s only independent sound spaces and a 3D, spatial audio research unit.
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  • Publications, exhibitions and other outcomes

  • Selected Exhibitions:


    Listening Realities, 3D Audio Tour, as part of Space In Between, Southbank, London

    Exploding Views, Sound Installation as part of Journeys with the Wasteland at Turner Contemporary


    Must we Suffer in the Rhythm?, Sound Installation, Peterborough City Gallery


    Where is the Rustling Wood?, Outdoor, site specific installation as part of Metal Harvest, Peterborough

    Music for Hearing Aids, Public intervention as part of Acts of Publicness, Granary Square, Kings Cross

    No such thing as empty space- Collaborative Project with Sense & Metal, national tour, including MK Gallery and Metal Southend, Metal Peterborough,


    Clandestine Airs, Radio commission through VOID Derry and Resonance FM

    Whose sound is it anyway? - 2013, 12.1-audio installation, Sound Portal, London


    Cloths & Moves- 2012, 8.1-channel audio installation, Old Bethnal Green Library.

    Drec-2012, 8.1-channel generative audio installation, Call & Response, London.

     172 Sirens- 2012, 8.1-channel generative audio installation, 319 Scholes, New York.


    I am sitting in a field- 2011, Audio and Video work, in collaboration with Jeremy Keenan, first presented at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge.

    Tumble- 2011, Multichannel, generative sound installation for racing pigeons, The Pigeon Win, London

    35MWph- 2011, 4 channel, generative audio installation, in collaboration with Jeremy Keenan and Nabil Ahmed working as Call & Response, as part of Code of Contingency-  Agency Gallery.

    False Falls- 2010, Audio Installation in 8.1, first shown as part of Netaudio Festival, Roundhouse, London.

    Audio Graffiti-2011, Audio intervention at South London Gallery as part of Immature

    In an instant all will vanish- 2011, Audio video installation, duration variable, as part of Cultural Olympiad, Artist commissions, in collaboration with Cecilia Bonilla, touring UK during 2011-2012


    FZOOOOOOOSH PHHHHHHT VATHROOOOM-2010, Generative audio installation, Part of Manufacturing Today, Trondheim, Norway, April 2010


    Lewis, M. (2015) ‘Ventriloquial Acts’, in The New Soundtrack, Volume 5 Issue 2, Page 103-120

    Selected talks/performances:

    2018, Listening Realities, Open School East, Margate.

    2018, Performance with From Honey to Ashes, Maker Festival, London.

    2016, Recording Gestures, UKARA, Peterborough.

    2015, Where is the Rustling Wood?, Metal, Peterborough.

    2014, Curating Multi-Channel Sound- Paper as part of Histories, Theories and Practices of Sound Art, Goldsmiths, London.

    2013, Not Lovin It!- Paper presentation as part of Sounding Space, Chelsea College of Art, London.

    2013, Performance with From Honey to Ashes, SARC, Queens University, Belfast.

    2013, Sonic Disobedience- Paper presentation as part of Disobedient Acts, Central St Martins, London.

    2012, Presentation as part of Code of Contingency, 319 Scholes, New York.

    2012, Free Radio?- Performance/Paper as part of Topology Research Unit Afternoon, Goldsmiths, London.

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  • Awards and Grants

  • (2011, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018) Funding through Arts Council England

    (2016–2018) Artist in Residence, Metal Culture

    (2012–2013)  Cocheme Fellowship-Central St Martins

    (2008) Artist in Residence, Artist Links Brazil

Selected work


Current and recent research

The Branded Soundscape

Research towards a publication which draws upon musical analysis, embodied cognition and communication design practice and theory. The project intends to demonstrate the influence synthetic sounds such as those from Electronic Alert Tones (EAT) and Audio Branding have on our behaviour, their symbolism and musical meaning. The work will also suggest ways in which artists, designers and musicians might take a more critical approach to the future of sound design and its impact on our everyday lives through the devices we use and sounds that modulate us.

South East Future Sounds

Collaboration with Call & Response and Anderson Acoustics, leading to a national touring immersive sound installation.