The sounds of ideas forming | The relationship between sound art and the everyday | Alan Dunn

The sounds of ideas forming is a PhD by Previous Publication exploring the relationship between sound art and the everyday. The submission consists of ten CDs across seven editions of sound art. The accompanying 15,000 word text considers the recorded sounds from the perspectives of curating and pedagogy and in doing so, the research proposes a model for navigating through the excesses of available sounds and methodologies for working with sound within visual arts courses.

Beginning with a chance encounter on the 433 bus, The sounds of ideas forming is the soundtrack to a journey through 318 sound files across seven themes: silence, water, revolution, grey, catastrophe, background and numbers. Content set against these themes has been developed with artists, visual arts students at Leeds Metropolitan University and mixed with archival material on which all permissions have been secured.

This page includes a PDF of the published text, documentation of the submission design, links to the seven editions and a selection of contextual articles.



The sounds of ideas forming | Text
The sounds of ideas forming | final publication, July 2014, PDF (28.2mb)


The sounds of ideas forming | PhD Graduation, 23 July 2014


The sounds of ideas forming | Seven editions
Soundtrack for a Mersey Tunnel Music for the Williamson Tunnels: The sound of dripping water Artists' uses of the word 'revolution' Grey is the colour of hope Soundtrack to a catastrophic world A history of background Adventures in numb4rland
February 2008 September 2008 June 2009 April 2010 September 2010 March 2011 March 2012


The sounds of ideas forming | Sampler material
The sounds of ideas forming | sampler CD, April 2012 | preview card, April 2012


The sounds of ideas forming | Work in progress
Work in progress; design by Katy Knowles, 2014.


The sounds of ideas forming | Final submission
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April 2014.


The sounds of ideas forming | Supporting material
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Dunn, A., 2010. Generous but no' social (twenty-year voyage beyond the bathtub). The Poster, Volume 1 Number 2, pp 193-213. Bristol: Intellect Journals.
Dunn, A., 2012. Bellgrove to Lime Street, return. Cultural Hijack, pp 220-242. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press.
Davies, B., 2011. Global Ear - Leeds. Wire Magazine. Issue 323, p20.
Bell, C., 2011. A history of background. Wire Magazine. Issue 329, p49.
Dunn, A., 2010. Grey is the colour of hope, advert in The Wire, April 2010, design by John Barton and Sean Thomas.
Guest, L., 2012. Liverpool Art Prize, feature in Wirral News, April 18 2012.
Anderson, V., 2008. Soundtrack for a Mersey Tunnel, feature in Liverpool Daily Post, February 18 2008.
Jones, C., 2008. Soundtrack for a Mersey Tunnel, feature in Liverpool Echo, February 18 2008.
Dunn, A., 2011. Thanks for listening: Chris Watson. stimulus respond. Issue 13, pp 50-55.
Dunn, A., 2012. Bill Drummond's Curfew Tower. stimulus respond. Issue 15, pp 32-37.
Dunn, A., 2014. Claire Potter: 'I' Wonder. stimulus respond. Issue 16.
Dunn, A., 2014. Jeff Young: Dead Baby Mice. stimulus respond. Issue 16.
Anderson, V., 2009. Recordings from a dark city, feature in Liverpool Daily Post, January 14 2009.
Flach, M., 2012. The sounds of ideas forming, feature in black.de.
Mikulskis, J., 2012. The sounds of ideas forming, feature in Secret Thirteen.
Kenyon, J., 2009. Artists' uses of the word revolution, feature in Things I'd Rather Be Doing, August 13 2009.
Richardson, C., 1991. Bellgrove Station Billboard Project, interview with Alan Dunn. Issue 9, pp 14-17.
McQuay, M., 2009. Standing in the way of control: Superflex, tenantspin, and Alan Dunn. Corridor 8. Issue 1.
Dunn, A., 2009. Singing the sound of silence. Corridor 8. Issue 1.
Knifton, R., 2009. The Liverpool Artists' Sessions, essay in Art in a city, Liverpool University Press, April.

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