SOUNDkitchen is dedicated to the promotion of composers and artists working in the field of sound. At its core is a collective of composers with a background in electroacoustic and experimental music. SOUNDkitchen provides a regular platform for local artists to explore, experiment and present their work alongside that of international composers and sound artists. It offers a programme of exciting and eclectic new music that uses technology to form part of the aesthetic experience.

SOUNDkitchen’s ethos is to support local artists and provide professional development to those in early stages of their careers through networking events and the opportunity to contribute to a thriving sound art community.

Since launching in December 2010, SOUNDkitchen have put on a series of events around Birmingham working with over 200 artists. Many of our artists have produced and premiered work specifically for our events and some have gone on to form new collaborations.

In January 2012, with the assistance of Cooperative Futures,  SOUNDkitchen became constituted as a cooperative consortium; a not for profit organisation democratically controlled by it's members.

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Meet the SOUNDkitchen Team

Annie Mahtani

Annie Mahtani is a Birmingham based composer and sound artist. Her music is created from realworld sounds which are then transformed, manipulated and restructured, exploring the juxtaposition of real, abstract and surreal sound worlds.


Iain Armstrong

Iain Armstrong is a composer and sound artist based in Birmingham, UK. Working almost exclusively with recordings of the sound environment, he aims to expose the inherent musicality of this material through reduced listening, digital manipulation and the act of composition and performance. His work explores the interplay of abstract musical ideas and the associations and resonances of recognisable sounds.


James Carpenter

James Carpenter is an electroacoustic composer, living and working in Birmingham. He has a PhD in acousmatic composition from the University of Birmingham and has taught composition, sound recording and related disciplines variously at the University of Birmingham and University of Bristol since 2006. James is now studio manager of the Electroacoustic Studios at the University of Birmingham

Julien Guillamat

After studying music at the conservatoires of Montauban and Montpellier (France) and the University Paul Valéry (Montpellier), Julien Guillamat is now completing a PhD in composition with Jonty Harrison at the University of Birmingham (UK). Interpretation of acousmatic music and sound systems are being investigated as part of his doctorate. In 2010 he obtained a joint first prize from ‘L’espace du Son’ (Brussels, Belgium). His music follows the French tradition of musique concrète and acousmatic music.