A prolific investigator of sound across all planes, giving equal attention to composed and environment sounds, referencing concepts from literature, cultural theory and natural science, English disassembles the everyday white noise of living. In crushing layers of intricate detail, his music and art maximizes sound density, unraveling the links between sound perception and memory, pushing toward the edges of perception.
English's interest in sensorial perceptions and the all-encompassing nature of sound started while birdwatching with his dad, when suddenly listening mattered more than looking. Advocating for the art of sound experimentation, he founded Room40 in 2000 (releasing Keith Fullerton Whitman, Tim Hecker, Oren Ambarchi, Ben Frost and more). English's sound experiments lead him into academia, his own prolific and influential ambient releases—and eventually a PhD on theoretical frameworks for listening. He's extended his sound concepts through exploratory albums with Austrian composer Werner Dafeldecker, musician-inventor-shaman Akio Suzuki, electroacoustic artist Francisco López, musician and media artist Stephen Vitiello, and Grouper's Liz Harris as Slow Walkers, among others. He's produced for Tujiko Noriko, Ben Frost and many other artists, created audio-visual performance The Monolith with Werner Dafeldecker based on field work in Antarctica, and creates gallery-based multi-channel sound installations that disrupt perceptions. Seemingly inexhaustible, he also curates, lectures and writes on sonic affect in times of political and cultural change.
In the past year, English has performed at Austria's ambitious Donaufestival and Slovenia's Sonica, where he also lead listening and recording workshops, opened Sydney's new experimental art, sound and light festival Soft Centre, presented at the interdisciplinary Ebbing Sounds Symposium in San Francisco, and produced Room40's festival Open Frame. At MUTEK, English induces a collective state of deep listening and altered consciousness, transforming space through a conceptual barrage with enduring effects.