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Sound Design

Jamie J. Maule

Jamie Maule is a sound designer and composer from Northumberland and based in London. He completed his BA in Music at the University of Bristol in 2015 and spent the following years building a modular synthesiser, developing as a composer of electronic music, and translating this into a gallery environment. Jamie has exhibitied in Glasgow, Norwich, and London, and is curating an exhibition alongside fellow IED students, Toward a New Spirituality, at Lumen Crypt Gallery, London in October.



Degree Details

School of Communication

Sound Design

Jamie is interested in the fundamentally interconnected nature of the world, and in how global capitalism, media, and growing urban populations have distorted our ability to recognise the simple fact that we live in a biosphere. In his work he engages with issues including ecology, spirituality, and communities; aiming to disrupt mainstream narratives on how society and our conception of reality are structured, and hoping to offer a fresh perspective. 


Cave Call is the culmination of over a year of research into the psychological effects of immersive sound, ecological theory, philosophy and spirituality. It takes influence from Gregory Bateson and his cybernetic theory of ‘mind’, as well as Timothy Morton’s discussion of ‘the severing’ – the gulf between ‘human correlated reality’, and ‘the real’, or the ‘ecological symbiosis of human and nonhuman parts of the biosphere’. The project was originally born out of questions provoked by R. Murray Schafer’s assertion that “[immersive] listening conditions are those of a classless society”.

This work could not have happened without significant amounts of help from Susan Atwill, Laura Marija Balciunaite, Matt Lewis, Tom Deacon, Harriet Liddell Foster, Leo Graham, Harry Brandrick, Julita Mahrer, Anna Tuhus, and Linnea Langfjord Kristensen. I am extremely grateful to all of them.

Sound — * Binaural audio, headphones essential *
Installation Documentation
'Cave Call' is an audio work and installation. The narrative follows a group of animists, from around the time of the Neolithic agricultural revolution, who discover a cave with an arresting sound whilst walking in the hills. Already aware of the complexity of their ecosystem, the cave offers a clearer picture of the spiritual topology of their surroundings. Recognising that their advancing technology is separating them from the natural world, they perform a ritual in the cave to bring their world and the natural world back together.

The work is comprised of a generative sound work, a structural installation, and bells made by Susan Atwill. The sound, programmed in MaxMSP, unfolds organically, never repeating itself in exactly the same way as it loops. The sound presented here is a recording of one cycle of this generative process.

The structure was inspired by Asterios Agkathidis's book 'Biomorphic Structures', and combines elements of the tree and the dome into one shape. The tree of life is an ancient animist symbol, and the dome is significant in Christianity and Islam as representing the heavens, or the infinite. The dome is also significant as a structure under which many people gather together, symbolic of unity and community.

The structure shown here is one third of the full proposed installation. The structures would be arranged in a way that their 'trunks' would be in the centre and the 'branches' would stretch out in a dome shape – a prototype model of this can be found in the gallery below.

The bells were made by Susan Atwill from porcelain with an aim to create edges, which make a clean tone when struck. They were wrapped in leaves and pit-fired by Maule, and then recorded and incorporated into the sound work. Their sounds can be heard both unaltered and heavily processed in the work.


Binaural audio, wood, paper, gouache, porcelain.



In Collaboration with:

Susan is a first year IED student and made the bells for Cave Call. Massive, massive thanks to her.
3DCeramicCollectivityEcologyField RecordingImmersiveInstallationNatureRitualSoundSpiritualityStorytelling
Without the ability to actually visit the installation, I wanted to create a way for the audience to participate in the work. This work explains how the ritual from Cave Call can be performed at home, and features illustrations by Laura Marija Balciunaite. The PDF is free to download and print, and the instructions can be followed at home.

If you choose both to perform this at home and to post about it on Instagram, be sure to tag me @jamiemaule.


Digital publication, oil pastel, watercolour, eyeshadow

In Collaboration with:

Laura is a colleague of mine and generously agreed to illustrate this work. Huge thanks to her.

A gallery of images of the installation.

Quantum Vibrations – IED Sound Design Talks

Jamie will be speaking in two events. On 21 July he will be taking part in a Q&A with fellow students Linnea Langfjord Kristensen and Jordan Edge at 1500. On 25th July he will be discussing the composition of the sound work at 1830.

21 July 2020
13:00 (GMT + 0)

Quantum Vibrations (01/02)

Guest talk with artist Beatrice Dillon.
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25 July 2020
17:30 (GMT + 0)

Quantum Vibrations (02/02)

A live presentation of IED Sound Design students' work.

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