Lawrence English is writer, composer and media artist based in Brisbane, Australia. Working across a broad range of art forms, English’s work is eclectic and characterises a long-term exploration of various themes – most recently audio/visual environments seen in his work Ghost Towns.
A sonic shape-shifter, English’s audio works have sprawled over a range of areas. Interested in the potential of seemingly unrelated music and sound elements – from experimental soundscapes and free improvisation to processed beat works and concréte-influenced compositions – his back catalogue spans a dynamic range of frameworks. London’s Time Out referred to his output as ‘ambient twisted soundscapes and challenging sonic scree’.
Lawrence English’s captures the simple sounds of life—insect buzzes, bird chirps, passing cars, alarms, and incidental vocal snippets—but with the help of a posse of like-minded sound artists, he transforms them into surreal transmissions from a dream plane. The world he interprets is normal (his sound sources will be familiar to any listener), but his interpretation of it is magical. The result is a vision of a foggy perma-night inhabited by solemn, torch-wielding prophets, living storm clouds, and somnambulant hordes of brooding wildlife.