Tim Shaw

Tim Shaw

At the heart of my work lies a concern with the auditory reflection and mirroring of real world environments through sound, technology and art. My practice explores concepts around the aural interaction between human beings and the environment they live in, and how the use of ambient sound as a mode of communication can impact on community and our relationship to landscape. My work employs field recordings, synthesized sounds and live electronics, providing scope for creative diversity. I use Ableton and MAX/MSP to create bespoke software instruments and sound environments. I work with immanent conceptuality, continually returning to local natural landscapes and urban environments as sources of inspiration.

I have completed high-profile creative work for Arts Council England, the British Science Association, the British Council, Warp Records and Channel 4, in addition to contributing to many community engagement projects with Sage Gateshead and Newcastle City Council. I also have significant professional associations with a number of smaller local arts organisations such as Tender Buttons, GIFT Festival and Loft Music.

I am active as manager of Triptik Music, a record label that represents local electronic music and promotes it to an international audience. I am one third of electronic band OCELOT and also make music under the alias Escapist.

I am currently studying on the Creative Exchange project as a PhD student supervised by John Bowers and Peter Wright.





Sound Spaces Exhibition reveals Liverpool's hidden spaces

19th Oct 2015
Exhibition at FACT Liverpool (19 - 23 October) uses unique photography and sound techniques to transport visitors to new realms - and in new ways. Sound Spaces transports visitors to some iconic and unusual Liverpool locations - without them moving a muscle. Release inhibitions - shout in the library, curse in...

Fields - A UK Tour

28th Mar 2015
Throughout April 2015 Sébastien Piquemal and Tim Shaw will visit a number of venues, festivals and Universities to present performances, talks and workshops around their new audio sound system.  Fields, a performance which explores sound diffusion through the audience's mobile phones, is being taken around the UK with a series of...


1st Oct 2014
A Web-based Sound Spatialisation System Proposing New Forms of Engagement in Live Musical Performance   Fields is a collaboration between Tim Shaw and Sébastien Piquemal. This project aims to investigate alternative setups for music listening and performance.