Laura Irving

I tell stories with sound.

Most of my pieces involve collages of fact and fiction, found and fashioned audio.
I aspire to create audio-induced head-cinema for listeners.

Awards

 

Airplay

 

Exhibitions and Collaborations

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January 2018

Radia Show

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Bodies of Water to air on Radia network

Happy that my long slaved over MA project will play out as Soundart Radio’s contribution to Radia at the end of this month. The piece is based on study of accostic ecology, and explores the effect sounds of nature have on humans, and vice-versa- with a focus on water. It’ll be broadcast from 20 indie stations in 13 countries across the world.

October 2017

WINNER: BEST NEW ARTIST

What an amazing excuse to visit Chicago! Collecting this award at Third Coast was incredible. Many of the winners and the judges at that event are people whose work as producers I admire and respect. Work is broadcast across PRX, and features in ‘Best of the Best in 2017’ edition of the Re: Sound Podcast

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October 2017

Inside Art collaboration with Mark Lloyd

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INSIDE ART COLLABORATION WITH MARK LLOYD

Mark was one of the first people I ever interviewed, in an eloquent rant about X-Factor and Baudrillard. Really happy to be working with him to create our first collaborative audio/visual installation on the theme of Light. Never done this type of thing before so this’ll be a prototype. We’ve got bigger ideas brewing…Check out his work Mark Lloyd

October 2017

Short-Form Audio Lecture to MA Radio Students

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SHORT-FORM AUDIO LECTURE TO MA RADIO STUDENTS

Can’t get enough of Bournemouth University. Pleasure to talk about the process (or at least, my process) of making radio with new students. No one fell asleep or walked out, so it must’ve gone alright.

September 2017

In The Dark Event, Radio Journeys

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IN THE DARK EVENT, RADIO JOURNEYS

Great turnout for the inaugural BosVegas ‘In the Dark’ event. Great to be able to share and discuss some of my favourite pieces of audio with others, and to share the space with Hugh Chignell and his massive brain of historical radio info.

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September 2017

AHRC Award Shortlist

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AHRC AWARD SHORTLIST

Happy to say that the short animation ‘Hunger by the Sea’ which I helped out a little on, has been shortlisted for the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Research In Film Awards-Innovation Category. It’s a moving piece about rising use of foodbanks.
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August 2017

MA Radio Production with Distinction

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MA RADIO PRODUCTION WITH DISTINCTION

I’ll look back on this year with fondness and gratitude. But all’s to be said for now is, thank god it’s over. Can I sleep now please?

April 2017

CHARLES PARKER PRIZE- SILVER AWARD

Silver award from Charles Parker Prize for best student Radio Feature, aired on Radio 4 Extra in June 2017. I made it to i-player! Woo!

September 2016

Scholarship: Most promising Post Grad Applicant

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SCHOLARSHIP: MOST PROMISING POST GRAD APPLICANT

Thanks v.much Bournemouth University.

Summer 2015

UC Berkeley Oral History Recording

2014

Untold Boscombe OH Project

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UNTOLD BOSCOMBE OH PROJECT

Absolutely no kit and less of an idea about what I was doing- this voluntary quasi-OH project was a lot of fun https://untoldboscombe.wordpress.com/

2014

Transom Online Story Workshop

2004

Alan Plater Screenwriting Prize

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Alan Plater Screenwriting Prize

Completed BA Scriptwriting for film & TV. As ‘best in show’ for the graduating year awarded the Plater Prize for a my feature length film screenplay.
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about me

About

I am an audio producer based on the sleepy south coast of England. I started my field recording career on a kid’s tape recorder when I was 2 years old. That’s the actual tape right there…

After a 32 year hiatus, I rediscovered a love of audio and in 2016, dropped out of a sensible job to spend a year studying radio production. Now I lecture part-time on that very same course at under-grad and post-grad level.

My audio interests are; acoustic ecology, weird & found sounds (that feeling you get when you think there might be something magical on a tape found in a freebox) untold stories, community/public radio, archive rummaging and crate digging, oral histories and experimenting with interactive audio/installations.

Qualifications-wise, I’ve got 2 first-class degrees (BA Scriptwriting & MA Radio Production), a motorbike licence, an Organisational Design certificate, a moderate grasp of the Dewey Decimal System and a 500m swimming badge. My professional life-story lives here

Some things people have said about my work

‘Laura, your piece is really good. It’s beautiful.’ Scott Carrier

‘You were good then, but Quiet Revolution is simply stellar’ Barrett Golding

‘A witty and beautifully crafted miniature feature that packed a great deal into its short span.   “Beautifully mixed” said one judge, “arresting and entertaining,” “a total delight from start to finish”. This was “an uplifting subject, with a great reveal.”  “And Funny!” Judges’ comments from the Charles Parker Prize.

‘I just don’t get it.’ A BBC Radio 4 producer

Contact

I’m currently seeking projects selectively. Please feel free to get in touch if you’re an artist of any kind seeking a collaboration, or if you have any questions about my work.

ContactLauraIrving@gmail.com

"the best producer for weird, niche radio in the world" - my boyfriend