Peter Cusack works as a field recordist with a special interest in environmental sound and acoustic ecology. Projects include community arts, researches into sound and our sense of place and documentary recordings in areas of special sonic interest (Lake Baikal, Siberia). His project Sounds From Dangerous Places explores soundscapes at sites of major environmental damage - Chernobyl exclusion zone; Caspian oil fields; UK nuclear sites. He now describes the use of sound to investigate documentary issues as sonic journalism.
He initiated the Favourite Sound Project in London 1998. It aims to discover what people find positive about their everyday sound environment and has since been carried out in Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Chicago, Prague and Birmingham. He produced the environmental sound program Vermilion Sounds for ResonanceFM, London and was a research fellow on the multiuniversity, multidisciplinary ‘Positive Soundscapes Project’ 2006/9 funded by the EPSRC.
During 2011/12 he was a DAAD artist in residence in Berlin, working on the collaborative (with Sam Auinger, The Universität der Künste Berlin, the Berlin Tuned City Festival) project Berlin Sonic Spaces that considers the relationship between city development and city soundscapes.
CDs include Where is the Green Parrot? (ReR PC1); Your Favourite London Sounds (Resonance); Baikal Ice (ReR PC2); Favourite Beijing Sounds (KwanYin 022); Sound from Dangerous Places (ReR PC3&4); “Operet” (Rere121) with Viv Corringham; “Day For Night” (Paradigm) with Max Eastley.
Peter Cusack © Kai Bienert/mutesouvenir