Recording experts come to UWE for Lynch Lecture Series

Issue date: 20 January 2009

Lynch Lecture Series Students at the University of the West of England will get the chance to learn more about presenting and sound recording techniques from recognised industry leaders.

The first two lectures of the season have been confirmed with Luke Clancy, presenter of Sound Stories on RTE on 28 January 2009 and Chris Watson, world renowned sound recordist on 25 February 2009. Lectures are held on UWE's Frenchay Campus in room 1N05 from 1300 to 1500. There will be more lectures confirmed as the term progresses.

The Lynch Lecture series is an annual event organised by Dr Marcus Lynch, Deputy Head of the Department of Information Sciences and Digital Media. Dr Lynch explains, “I wanted to inspire students to look beyond the confines of their immediate work and to think about the range of areas where they might use their very transferable skills when they graduate.

“For the past 15 years I have invited speakers who work in completely different arenas but who use technology as a tool to focus their work in interesting ways. In the past we've had people as diverse as a police commissioner, the Head of the IT Section of the British Library and multimedia designers, none of whom are IT specialists but all use technology in unusual and interesting ways to do their jobs well.

“We're delighted to welcome, for the first time, Luke Clancy who exemplifies how it is possible to introduce self referential and reflective content, that includes elements of cultural theory, but still attracts mass market appeal for his programme Sound Stories on RTE.

“The one constant for the series is Chris Watson who I find simply astounding and an inspiration to everyone who meets him. Chris Watson was awarded an Honorary Degree by UWE in recognition of his outstanding contribution to sound recording technology, especially in the field of natural history and documentary location sound in 2006. As well as giving the lecture in the afternoon Chris will lead a master class in the morning for a lucky 20 students. He will bring along some sound tracks for a Galapagos film recorded for National Geographic that won a Panda Award for Best Sound at the recent Wildscreen Awards in Bristol.”

Chris Watson has a particular and passionate interest in recoding the wildlife sounds of animals, habitats and atmospheres from around the world. As a freelance recordist for film, TV and radio he specialises in natural history and documentary sound together with track assembly and sound design in post production. He has won a string of prestigious awards including a BAFTA for Best Factual Sound in 1998 for his work on The Life of Birds for the BBC TV and Life in the Undergrowth.

The Lecture Series is open to people outside the university but numbers are limited. People interested in attending the morning session with Chris Watson on 25 February or any of the lectures should contact

For more information about the very popular Music Technology courses at UWE that this year attracted a record 140 students - see


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