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Trained as composers and having played in bands, David Prior and Dugal McKinnon are inquisitive, sonically omnivorous musical artists, ever-fond of crossing borders between music and sound art. Each has wide musical interests, but they freely admit that their respective tastes don’t always coincide. These differences, however, keep their collaborations lean and vital.

The duo first met in the studios of the University of Birmingham, where both were undertaking PhDs in composition. A few minutes of conversation revealed a shared enthusiasm for the work of particular composers and performers, a love of improvisation, and a fascination with the infinitely expressive possibilities of recording as an artistic medium. This led on to an initial collaboration, Ways of Hearing, created for London’s Resonance FM, and an ongoing exchange of ideas and music. While sharing an apartment in Berlin, the Arcades project was germinated, and grew – slowly – into Who’s Most Lost?. The album betrays Arcades’ obsession with recording as an art form (the painterly precision with which they deftly sculpt sound), but is equally rich in nuanced and expressive performances.


David Prior



David is a musician and an artist. His work spans song-writing and concert music, sound installations, listening walks, and radio programmes. With architect Frances Crow, he is a partner in liminal, a studio specializing in making work which explores the relationship between sound and space.

For more, go to the liminal website.


Dugal McKinnon



Dugal’s work embraces a tangle of musical practices, subcultures and tastes. He is composer of concert music, songs, and soundtracks, and a sound artist with a fascination for the ways in which sound can materialize and de-materialize objects (especially human beings). He is also a writer on contemporary music, but his love of literature is channelled into writing lyrics for Arcades, and texts for his own vocal compositions.

He was recently an artist-in-residence at the Centre for Art and Media Technology (ZKM) in Karlsruhe, Germany, and his collaborative work with London Fieldworks (UK) was awarded an Honourable Mention in the 2010 Prix Ars Electronica. With Sophie Jerram, he co-directs Now Future, an organization working at the intersection of art and ecology. His sound installations include Geophony, based on the sonification of live seismic data streams (created for the Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, NZ), and Popular Archeology: Cassette, 1967-1994, an archive which sounds the retro-appeal of analog recording media (for Letting Space, Wellington, NZ).

Dugal holds a PhD in Composition from the University of Birmingham (UK), where he studied with Jonty Harrison and performed with the Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre (BEAST). He teaches sonic art and composition at the New Zealand School of Music (Wellington, NZ) where he is the director of the Lilburn Electroacoustic Music Studios.

For more, go to Dugal's blog


Last Updated on Sunday, 24 January 2016 14:58