Nick Parkin

Composer, musician, sound designer, performer and artist, Nick Parkin, studied the Art Foundation
course in the 1970s and then BA (Hons) Fine Art/Community Arts & Performance at Bradford
College of Art from 1980 to 1983.

Nick Parkin“I really liked the Grove Building where the Art School was then. I liked the atmosphere and smell of paint. I remember playing my flute in the stairwell for the reverberation in there…. I’m sure it’s influenced some of my sound compositions. Albert Hunt fired my interest in theatre, and helped with some video of masked dance that I was working on at some point.”

Nick’s music career began in the early 1980’s when he worked as a multi-instrumentalist for major dance and theatre companies. Since 1996 he has released over 10 cds of highly acclaimed ambient music and has collaborated on both live improvisations and albums with many artists. His sound has featured on radio drama and TV and he has played in live concerts all over Europe including WOMAD, Reading and several touring concerts in Italy.

He appeared on The Slate/BBC Wales as a musician performer working site-specifically in a local quarry in North Wales in 1993 and held 2 sound residencies in Portland Quarry in Dorset. Nick won a First Prize in the prestigious Bourges Electroacoustic Music Awards 2001 for Magmas, which was subsequently broadcast on international radio stations, then developed into a film screened at the Royal Festival Hall in 2002. Last year Nick was Musical Director and Composer for one of the Royal Festival Hall re-opening events Spaces Between, a large-scale site specific performance using all 5 levels of the building. Other recent collaborations have been with London College of Fashion Costume MA, composing sound for live shows at the Royal Academy of Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Nick also trained as a performer, studied Butoh in Paris and the UK with Mutsutaka Ishi and Eiko and Koma; Noh theatre with Akira Matsue; actor training with Yoshi Oida and Paupers Carnival. For 10 years he created landscape based works, touring Europe extensively. He also performed with Public Dreamers touring with work based on the poems of Ted Hughes; and performed for Theatre of the Heart, Paupers Carnival and Welfare State International. He completed an MA in Electroacoustic Composition at the University of East Anglia in 1999.

Nick has continued to create paintings, photographs, performances and objects which revolve around his passion for landscape and environment. He currently teaches environmental and site-specific performance research for BA and MA drama students at Goldsmiths College as a visiting tutor, and continues his freelance music composition and live playing for dance and theatre companies.

Photograph supplied by Nick Parkin