Simon Whetham (born 1970, UK) Over the past eight years Simon Whetham has developed a practice of working with sound recordings as a raw material for composition. These are often environmental sounds he has captured employing a variety of methods and techniques, in order to obtain discreet or obscured sonic phenomena.
In removing sound from it's source, sometimes amplifying it significantly, it becomes abstract—familiar yet otherworldly. More recently, when presenting work in a performance or installation, for him the space and the objects within become instruments to be played.
Simon has a large number of works published through many specialist organisations, including , Crónica, Dragon's Eye, Entr'acte, Monochrome Vision and Touch Music; has performed extensively internationally; collaborated with artists from musicians to performance artists, painters to video artists, dancers to poets; has run listening and field recording workshops in UK, Colombia, Chile and Australia; and received commissions and awards for projects and installations—notably 'Active Crossover'. Supported Arts Council England and PRS for Music Foundation, the project comprises sound installation, performance, collaboration and workshops. 'Active Crossover' has toured six cities in the UK, and also been hosted in Argentina, Australia and Estonia with future residencies in Chile, Colombia and South Korea.