Simon James

Simon James has been exploring, capturing and manipulating sound for over 20 years. He will capture the sounds of working life and turn them into soundscapes.

He has over 20 years experience producing music and creating and manipulating sound in a unique way that has resulted in invitations to perform at the BFI and Royal Festival Hall, and a sell-out UK and European tour described as "mesmerising".

His most recent radio work is a collaboration with anthropologist Dr Tom Rice, creating a sound exploration of the Gonvindpuri Slums in India for BBC World Service.

His sound design, sound engineering and music have featured on radio programmes including BBC Radio 4 Making History, Book of the Week, BBC 4 Extra readings and a recent feature on poet Andrew Motion.

His records, including the single 'The Beam' - a radiophonic ride aboard a fantastical mid century Monorail have been championed by Nick Luscombe, presenter of BBC Radio 3's The Late Junction.

In 2006 Simon produced the Arts Council funded community sound project My Noisy Matchbox, which gave older residents of Brighton & Hove the opportunity to collect and share the sounds of their lives in a 'sonic scrapbook'.

Featured as part of the Celebrating Age Festival, My Noisy Matchbox set up listening posts in venues around Brighton & Hove. The project, which in earlier stages also worked with school children, introduced people to new ways of thinking about sound and encouraged participants and audience to think more closely about one of our most relied upon, but often undervalued senses.