Sonic Art Research Unit (SARU)

About us

SARU is a collective of practitioners jointly managed by Prof. Paul Whitty and Dr. Patrick Farmer. Other practitioners include Prof. Ray Lee, Harriet Butler, Dr. Matt Parker and Dr. Stephen Cornford. It is a curatorial platform focusing on the production and research of sound and auditory knowledge, providing a forum for dialogue in between a variety of different fields.

SARU supports the record label Consumer Waste, and often works in partnership with Compost and Height and Oxford Contemporary Music.

More information about SARU

Man leaning over sound board

Related courses

  • Arts (MPhil / PhD / PhD by Published Work)

Research impact

Ray Lee’s kinetic sound sculptures

SARU is involved in a variety of research projects, such as Ray Lee’s kinetic sound sculptures, Max Eastley’s Aeolian experiments, and Sound Diaries, a project recording everyday life in sound. It also:

  • runs audiograft, an annual festival of experimental music and sound art
  • curates regular practitioner talks and lectures, such as the Sound I’m Particular series
  • releases a variety of media, from publications about the sounds of football not happening, to a pillow book about the river Lea
  • from 2020, has hosted an online bi-weekly research seminar, a chance for people involved in SARU to share and discuss work in an informal setting.



Name Role Email
Dr Stephen Cornford Senior Lecturer in Fine Art
Dr Paul Dibley Programme Lead for Music
Dr Patrick Farmer Lecturer in Sonic Arts
Professor Ray Lee Professor of Sound Arts
Dr Matt Parker Research Fellow
Professor Paul Whitty Head of School of Arts

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