School of Art Friday Lecture: Rob Mckay


  • 11.30am

  • Edinburgh College of Art Main Building, West Court
    74 Lauriston Place
    Edinburgh
    EH3 9DF

Following the Flight of the Monarchs

Following the Flight of the Monarchs is an acoustic ecology project connecting with ecosystems and communities along the migration routes of monarch butterflies as they travel 3,000 miles between Mexico and Canada each year. The project, led by Dr Rob Mackay at the University of Hull, connects with the international BIOM project led by Leah Barclay at Griffith University and SoundCamp to map the changing soundscapes of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves through art, science and technology. 

About the speaker

Rob Mackay is a composer, sound artist and performer. He is currently a Reader in Composition and Sound Art at the University of Hull.

Recent projects have moved towards a cross-disciplinary approach, soundscape ecology, audiovisual installation work, and human-computer interaction. His work has been performed in 18 countries (including broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 1 and Radio France), and a number of his pieces have received international awards (Bourges, Hungarian Radio, La Muse en Circuit). He has held composer residencies at Slovak Radio (Bratislava), La Muse en Circuit (Paris), the Tyrone Guthrie Arts Centre (Ireland), Habitación del Ruido (Mexico City), CMMAS (Morelia), and the University of Virginia.

He is director of HEARO (Hull Electroacoustic Resonance Orchestra) and is editor for Interference, a journal of audio cultures. He is currently Chair of UKISC (UK and Ireland Soundscape Community). Several CDs and Vinyl are available including Rob’s Work.