OCM is a unique producer that works to develop and present the highest quality and most innovative new music and sound-based live events, to engage diverse local and national audiences with its work, and to deepen understanding and appreciation of musical cultures from within the UK and worldwide. Its raison d’être is to bring music, artists and audiences together in ways that encourage and create memorable and meaningful experiences for all. 

Alongside OCM’s regular concert programme in Oxford, the organisation commissions and produces new work.  Past commissions and projects include Power Plant, (which went on to become an international hit with Producer Simon Chatterton), award winning sound artist Robert Jarvis’s Echolocation (a sound installation for a choir of bats), and Music from the Genome (the world premiere of Michael Zev Gordon’s award winning ‘Allele’ based on cutting edge research into the human genome, performed at the UK’s national synchrotron facility Diamond Light Source). Ray Lee’s Ethometric Museum was premiered at Oxford’s Museum of the History of Science and has since been performed across the UK and Europe.  Ray Lee won a 2012 British Composer Award in Sonic Art for Ethometric Museum.  OCM’s contribution to the Cultural Olympiad was Mira Calix’s Nothing Is Set In Stone, which was premiered at Fairlop Waters in June 2012 and was part of Secrets, presented by the Mayor of London and London 2012 Festival.

Sonic Art Research Unit (SARU) provides a forum for dialogue between the fields of Composition and Sound Art; including acousmatic, collaborative, electroacoustic, experimental, interdisciplinary and site-specific practices alongside engagement with field recording, and soundscape studies. The Sonic Art Research Unit builds on established creative dialogue between the fields of Fine Art and Music at Oxford Brookes University.  SARU practitioners are: Prof. Paul Whitty, Dr Paul Dibley, Stephen Cornford, Max Eastley, Dr Felicity Ford, Ray Lee, Paul Newland, Mike Blow, Efthymios Chatzigiannis, Patrick Farmer, Shirley Pegna, and Samuel Roberts. 


Brighton Festival is an annual mixed arts festival which takes place across three weeks in the city each May. The festival attracts over 150,000 attendances and contributes £20m to the local economy.  Brighton Festival attracts inspiring and internationally significant Guest Director’s who bring cohesion to the artistic programme with British sculptor Anish Kapoor as inaugural curator in 2009 followed by the Godfather of modern music Brian Eno in 2010, the Burmese Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in 2011 and actress and human rights campaigner Vanessa Redgrave in 2012.  Brighton Festival is an innovative commissioning and producing arts festival, offering an ambitious programme that makes the most of the city’s distinctive atmosphere.  Brighton Festival is England’s most established mixed arts Festival and a major milestone in the international cultural calendar The festival includes visual art, theatre, music, books and debates, family friendly programme and outdoor performances throughout the city including site-specific and unusual locations.  Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival produces the annual Brighton Festival and also manages the three venues of Brighton Dome year round. It aims to champion the power of the arts, to enrich and change lives and inspire and enable artists to be their most creative.

Without Walls: Founded in 2007, Without Walls is a consortium of leading arts organisations and festivals dedicated to the development of the UK’s outdoor arts sector.  We nurture talent and skills by producing new work through commissions and co-productions, and promoting work that supports the growth of the outdoor performance sector, on both the large and small scale.  We are committed to improving the quality of the work and raising the profile of the UK outdoor arts sector on the international stage. Without Walls takes the interest of the outdoor arts sector as a whole and we network and partner with a range of other organisations and interests to achieve our aims.  Without Walls is a consortium of festivals dedicated to commissioning, presenting and supporting new outdoor work. The members are: Brighton Festival, Greenwich & Docklands International Festival, Hat Fair, Mintfest, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Salisbury International Festival, and Stockton International Riverside Festival. Without Walls is managed by XTRAX.


The participation of Max Eastley in Audible Forces has been supported by AHRC. The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. For further information on the AHRC, please go to: 

OCM is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

OCM gratefully acknowledges financial support from PRS for Music Foundation.


Nathaniel Mann is a Sound and Music Embedded artist in residence with the Pitt Rivers Museum and OCM. Embedded is supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. 

Pitt Rivers Museum was founded in 1884 when General Pitt Rivers, an influential figure in the development of archaeology and evolutionary anthropology, gave his personal collection of 20,000 items to the University on the condition that a museum was built to house the material.

Sound and Music promotes fresh and challenging new music and sound through a range of live events, learning projects and digital content. Its focus is growing the stature and appreciation of contemporary music, and its significant scale enables it to make a major impact on public perceptions.

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