Salford Sounds Symposium 2022


Salford Sound Symposium 2022

About this Event

Please join us for an interdisciplinary exploration of creative and technological applications of sound. Topics will include live Foley demonstrations, theatre and museum sound, sound design for radio and podcasts, sound art installation, women in sound, and practice as research presentations of musical performance and film sound. Theory, practice, production, collaboration and innovation combine in one unmissable event.

Our distinguished speakers include:

Sue Harding

Sue Harding has been a freelance Foley artist for the past 12 years. Sue has worked on such acclaimed feature films as I, Daniel Blake, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, The Imitation Game, Le Misérables and In Bruges, as well as numerous television shows, including Victoria, Divorce and Poldark. At the 66th Emmy Awards she won Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries for Sherlock: His Last Vow, and was nominated for Outstanding Sound Editing For A Miniseries for Klondike. Sue was also the subject of the documentary film The Secret World of Foley.

Ian Forrester

Ian Forrester is a well known character on the digital scene in the UK and Europe. Living in Manchester, UK, he works for the BBC's R&D Future Experiences team. He specialises in open innovation and new disruptive opportunities. His current research is split between;

1. The future of public service in the internet age, with a more human, ethical and public focus.

2. The future of narrative and adaptive storytelling, with a technology he calls Perceptive Media. Its a new approach to broadcasting; which pairs the best of broadcast with the best of internet technology; creating experiences like sitting around a camp-fire telling stories.

Linda O Keeffe

Dr Linda O Keeffe is a research led artist working and living in Scotland and has exhibited internationally with commissions from Europe, the UK, Brazil, Asia and the US. Her current body of practice is focused on the intersection of science & technology, ethics and communication, where she has produced a number of art works, published research papers and keynote presentations. Her work on gender inclusion in the sonic arts has led to the development of the organisation Women in Sound (Women in Sound WISWOS), which has partnered with organisations in the UK, Latin America and recently Taiwan. WISWOS’s goal is to make visible women who work in the multitudinous areas of sound from music technology to sound art, sound and society, the politics of sound, and every area in between. O Keeffe is also editor in Chief of the Interference Journal, a Journal of auditory cultures. She released her album Silent Spring in 2019 with the label Flaming Pines, works from the album feature on BBC Radio 3, and was broadcast and discussed n ‘The Wire’ on Adventures In Sound And Music hosted by Frances Morgan.

Barney Oram

Barney Oram is a video game sound designer, based in the North West and currently working for Sweet Justice Sound. His recent titles include: Halo Infinite (2021), Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (2021) and The Ascent (2021). He’s passionate about designing sounds, and creating audio experiences that are visceral and exciting. Barney is an active member of the game audio scene in the UK and online, he has written several articles on his craft and is a co-host of the Soundbytes Podcast, a monthly podcast focused on games and audio.


Sorcha Steele

Sorcha is the Sound Lead at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. With a varied career that spans TV, Film, Musical Theatre and live events, Sorcha brings a wealth of technical knowledge and experience to her work. She takes great pride in her work ethic and is continually looking for ways to upskill for the future. She relishes the opportunity to take on new challenges and to also give opportunities to others through mentoring and training in her current role as Sound Lead.

Simon Connor

Simon Connor is a composer & sound designer based in Manchester UK, and a lecturer in music technology at the University of Salford. His creative practice explores the boundaries between sound design and composition, merging found sound, field recordings and traditional instrumentation. This also forms the basis of his PhD research; investigating the potential of spatial audio technologies in soundscape composition. Simon will be presenting a section from the audio-visual installation Oden; an artistic portrayal of landscape using spatial audio and film, with collaborator Andrew Brooks.


Adam Fowler

Adam has made long form documentaries, mostly for BBC Radio 4, for almost three decades. He is Co-Director of Overtone Productions and a full-time lecturer in Creative Audio at the University of Salford.

Luke Harrison

Luke is a an audio educator from Horwich, UK. Based at The University of Salford, he is Programme Leader for BA(Hons) Technical Theatre (Production & Design) and a Lecturer in Sound for Live and Recorded Media Performance. He teaches both undergrad and postgraduate students in the magic of sound. Current research interests lie in using sound as historical documentation and augmentation, specifically industrial heritage and also the Second World War. In addition, the boundary between study of sound in the humanities and study in the sciences. When he's not investigating a new bit of sound technology, he can usually be found racing a sailing dinghy around reservoirs in the North West.

Leslie McMurtry

Leslie McMurtry is a Lecturer in Radio Studies at the University of Salford where she teaches modules on radio theory and sound studies. She has recently published a book on audio drama, Revolution in the Echo Chamber: Audio Drama’s Past, Present and Future. Her research includes horror podcasts, soundtracks in telefantasy, and transmedia storytelling.

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