UWE awards honorary degree to Chris Watson

Issue date: 28 November 2006

Chris Watson The University of the West of England is awarding the honorary degree of Doctor of Technology to Chris Watson in recognition of his outstanding contribution to sound recording technology, especially in the field of natural history and documentary location sound. The honorary degree will be conferred at the Award Ceremony of the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences on Friday 1 December at 11.30 at Bristol Cathedral.

Christopher Richard Watson was born in Sheffield where he attended Rowlinson School and Stannington College. In 1971 he became a member of the Sheffield based, Cabaret Voltaire, an experimental music group. Chris Watson's sound recording career began in 1981 when he joined Tyne Tees Television. At this time he became a founder member of The Hafler Trio, described as 'industrial' noise scientists. In 1985 he became a sound recordist for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and in 1993 he became freelance. Chris Watson is a Director of Hoi Polloi Film & Video Ltd.

Chris Watson is a sound recordist with a particular and passionate interest in recording the sounds of animals, habitats and atmospheres from around the world. As a freelance recordist for film, television and radio, Chris Watson has specialised in natural history and documentary location sound, together with track assembly and sound design in post production. He uses high quality equipment to record the life sounds of animals, insects and birds, their habitats and atmospheres around the world. He has produced the sound recording for the following television programmes for BBC TV: The Life of Birds, which won the BAFTA Award for Best Factual Sound; The Life of Mammals; Great Railway Journeys – Mexico; Big Cat Diary; and, Life in the Undergrowth, a BAFTA Nominee for Best Factual Sound in 2006. Chris Watson has also produced the sound recording for such radio programmes as: A Swallow's Journey, a Sony Radio Award Nominee in 2002; A Small Slice of Tranquillity; The House; White Tailed Eagle; North By North West; The Oak Tree; and, Water Song for BBC Radio 4 and Sound Stories for RTE Radio1 Dublin.

For Touch Music Chris Watson has released three solo CDs with soundscape elements, entitled: Stepping into The Dark, which won an Award of Distinction at the 2000 Prix ARS Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria; Outside The Circle of Fire; and, Weather Report.

A member of the Institute of Broadcast Sound and of the International Association of Wildlife Film-makers, Chris Watson has given lectures, performances and workshops in Japan, The Netherlands, Italy, Norway and Belgium and the United Kingdom


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