Daniel Beck

Daniel Beck

PhD Student

2020 - current


Daniel Beck’s work brings together sculpture, installation, live performance and experimental film through a sound focussed art practice that aims to challenge people to consider their connection to the environment, their communities and their understanding of the world around them.

Recent exhibitions include a solo show at Unripe Gallery, London and commission of sound sculptures for the British Museum. He is also Trustee at the UK Green Film Festival, an annual nationwide environmental film festival, where he held the position of Festival Director from 2013-2020 and is currently an Associate Lecturer in Music Technology at London Metropolitan University.

Daniel’s research aims to discover how the interplay of sound and naturally occurring environmental effects such as temperature, humidity and radioactivity can influence our understanding of ‘place’ within our natural environment and how focussing on the qualities of this exchange, through an interdisciplinary sound art practice, can reveal positive associations that reconnect us with the environments that we inhabit.

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The Postatomic Ear: A practice-based study of sound and atmospheric effects in the Nuclear Age

As an atmospheric effect, sound continually moves, manipulates, excites, travels and interacts directly with other perceptible elements within our surroundings. At the inception of the Nuclear Age, the Trinity nuclear test brought this connection into focus with a detonation that produced a wave of sound, heat and radioactive fallout that tore across the deserts of New Mexico, USA. In the years subsequent to this moment, the Nuclear Age has continued to be defined by a narrative of thermal effects; within a generation, humankind oversaw a transition from the fear and suspicion of the ‘Cold War’ to apathy and deception in the face of a planetary crisis of global warming. While the thermal and the nuclear continue to be linked and perceived as an imminent threat, the audible has been widely ignored as an influencing factor within the societal framework of a postatomic world.
With the proliferation and utilisation of sound-based technologies developed within and associated with the nuclear age, such as the use of ultrasound in radiography and surgical procedures and the more recent development of novel sonic weaponry and monitoring technologies, designed to interact, disrupt, sterilise and control, is it time to consider the social implications of a postatomic listening device? If so, what are the implications of this ‘Postatomic Ear’ and can focussing a sound arts practice on this concept, lead to a better understanding of how the audible can influence our perception of our environment?



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