I am a Manchester based artist & musician, my work incorporates a variety of media including film, sound & installation. For a number of years my main area of practice was painting, I now employ the same methods I used for painting to create sound works & films, using layers of sounds in a similar way to the application of paint to my canvas. I focus mostly on manipulating electric guitar through effects pedals & different playing techniques to create soundscapes & drones influenced by the works of minimalist composers such as La Monte Young & Steve Reich as well as musicians such as Dylan Carlson & Wolfgang Voigt. My film's are built through a similar method to my sound works, I use loops & layers to find new textures & slow dream-like shots to create hypnotic films which I then use as projections for live performance.
I also make a music under various names, most notably cygnus (or cygnusss) with which I have performed at several exhibitions & festivals around Manchester. As well as working as a solo musician, I play guitar & write in the band Mata Hari.