Christopher Steenson is an experimental composer based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. His music uses live radio broadcasts and field recordings as a sonic materials to conjure horizon-line soundscapes.
Steenson’s practice is informed by writings from psychology, anthropology and philosophy. Drawing from Tim Ingold’s ideas on making and skilled practice, Steenson explores how sounds can be repurposed to form new works of sonic art. Much in the same way that a craftsperson may work with the material properties of a piece of wood to create an artefact, Steenson views sounds as materials, whose temporal flows and changes can be collaborated with to create compositions. These ideas are elaborated upon from a perceptual-psychological perspective in this academic publication, which is free to download.