Rob Mackay is an award-winning composer, sound artist and performer.
Recent projects have moved towards a cross-disciplinary approach, including geology, soundscape ecology, theatre, audiovisual installation work and human-computer interaction.
Rob's work has been performed in 18 countries, on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 1 and Radio France, and a number of his pieces have received international awards.
He is director of HEARO (Hull Electroacoustic Resonance Orchestra), editor for Interference, a journal of audio cultures, and has released several CDs and vinyl records. More information is available at his website.
Collaborated with a number of poets, including Martin Daws (Young People's Poet Laureate for Wales, 2013-2015) and John Wedgwood Clarke (for the Arts Council-funded Dictionary of Stone and Sea Swim with Lara Goodband, and Off Shore at Hull's Maritime Museum and Ferens Gallery with Invisible Dust).
Collaborated with percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie on the Natural England-funded Ruskin Rocks project, led by a team of scientists and musicians at the University of Leeds who created two stone instruments (lithophones). Also created a Jurassic soundscape for Scarborough's Rotunda museum.
Reviewer for numerous international conferences, including ICMC (International Computer Music Conference), NIME (New Instruments for Musical Expression), DHRN (Digital Humanities Research Network), and journals (Organised Sound, Cambridge University Press) and is editor for Interference, a Journal of Audio Cultures.
Played, written and produced in a number of bands including the Welsh hip-hop collective Tystion with whom he collaborated alongside John Cale on the film A Beautiful Mistake (Film 4), as well as recording three John Peel sessions on BBC Radio 1 and supporting PJ Harvey. The band have a chapter devoted to them in Sarah Hill's book 'Blerwytirhwng?' The Place of Welsh Pop Music (Ashgate 2007).
Session work for Super Furry Animals producer Gorwel Owen, songwriter Euros Childs, and hip-hop producer Kista. Currently enjoying playing in the Welsh Afro-tropical collective Drymbago, having supported Quantic and Tony Allen.