Paul Davies Masterclass in Sound Design
Paul Davies Masterclass in Sound Design



A unique chance to learn from the acclaimed sound designer in a small group setting

Our team is closely following the situation related to the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. For the safety of our team, artists and attendants we have rescheduled The Space in Sound programme for September. The masterclass with Paul Davies that was set to take place at Lighthouse on 24th March is now rescheduled for 17th September 2020, the time and place will remain the same.

Your purchased tickets are still valid and will be transferred to the rearranged date. If you are no longer able to attend, please request a refund through Eventbrite or contact for assistance.

We have not taken this decision lightly, but believe it to be the best for the sake of the community to make proactive changes while we have the chance to reduce health risks to artists, guests and everyone connected to our events.

We hope that you will join us in September for what will be an incredible, inspiring and, above all, safe event.


In this workshop Paul Davies will explore the idea of using sound to create space: not only the space in the frame of the picture, but the world outside.

Using examples from his own work such as Ratcatcher, You Were Never Really Here, 71 and Hunger, and films that have influenced him, including Eraserhead, A Man Escaped, and Apocalypse Now, Paul will discuss how sound can create both external and internal subjective spaces in film, and how Sound can add physicality and substance to a flat two-dimensional image on the screen.

Clips and a sound design session from Saint Maud will be shown to demonstrate that the off-screen space and the internal psychological space are just as important as that which is shown onscreen. As film makers, we can use these spaces to help create the emotional and dramatic world that the characters inhabit.

Paul will also explore the grey area where sound can be used as an alternative to music and as a complimentary partner to score, looking at the differences and similarities of sound design and music.

The masterclass is limited to 20 participants.

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After an early interest in electronic and experimental music and running a small recording studio, Paul became involved in recording location sound for low budget film which led to him being accepted on the sound course at the National Film and Television School.

After graduation Paul worked as a freelance sound recordist, sound editor and mixer before joining the London based Videosonics as a staff sound editor. Whilst there Paul worked on a variety of film and television projects including ‘Love is the Devil’, ‘Touching Evil’ and ‘Ratcatcher’ and which was the first film he worked on in his long association with director Lynne Ramsay.

After five years at Videosonics Paul left to become a freelance supervising sound editor and sound designer, going on to work with directors such as Stephen Frears, Jon Hillcoat, Yann Demange, Julian Jarrold, Carol Morley, Steve McQueen and continuing his working relationship with Lynne Ramsay. Recent projects Paul has worked on include: ’71, You Were Never Really Here, American Animals, Ordinary Love, Dublin Murders and Saint Maud.

Paul Davies Masterclass is part of Re-Imagine Europe, which is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. Re-Imagine Europe is initiated by Sonic Acts (NL) and coordinated by Paradiso (NL) in collaboration with Elevate Festival (AT), Lighthouse (UK), Ina GRM (FR), Landmark / Bergen Kunsthall (NO), A4 (SK), Disruption Network Lab (DE), Ràdio Web MACBA (ES), Urban Paradoxes (NL) and Kontejner (HR).



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