Louise Marshall

Louise Marshall

Technē Innovation Research Fellow

January – July 2019 

Completed PhD Student

2015 – 2019

Louise Marshall came to research after a long career as a music and arts critic specialising in contemporary and experimental music and performance. Writing under the name of Louise Gray, she has published in The Wire, Tempo, the Guardian and she is a former music correspondent of The Times and the Independent on Sunday. She has writen a book on discourses within world music, The No-Nonsense Guide to World Music (2009), a section on Pauline Oliveros for the museum catalogue of the Whitney Biennial 2014, and delivered papers at the Colloque international Éliane Radigue (Sorbonne, Paris, 2017), the Eavesdropping symposium (2018) and other platforms. Having completed an AHRC/Techne PhD in 2018, she is currently an Associate Lecturer on the BA and MA Sound Arts courses at LCC. Between January and June 2019 she will undertake an AHRC Technē Innovation Research Fellowship at Wellcome Collection (London), where she will be working with bio-medical collections to develop new listening strategies that link sciences and sound arts.

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Completed PhD Student

Deep Listening: the Strategic Practice of Contemporary Female Experimental Composers post-1945

Louise’s PhD research focused on interviews with five female experimental composers – Ellen Fullman, Éliane Radigue, Annea Lockwood, Joan La Barbara and Pauline Oliveros – with the aim of not only amending an identified lack in musicological historiography, but also as a way of listening more deeply to the nature of their work, and its manifestation as a sonic example of Hélène Cixous’s (1976) écriture féminine. Using a methodology built from psychoanalytic and oral history theory, Louise developed her conception of the sonic artefact, a heterochronic listening tool that focuses on the sonicity of speech that that allows for a new way of theorising space and interpersonal communications in an interpersonal field.

This research was stimulated in the first instance by Her Noise and it remains close to this project’s celebration of feminist sonicities. The interviews conducted for the PhD have been placed in the Her Noise Archive in the Special Collections of the London College of Communication.

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