Vicky Clarke

sound and electronic media artist /producer/ noise orchestra



Vicky Clarke is a sound and electronic media from Manchester, based at Rogue Studios. Working with sound sculpture, field recordings and DIY electronics to create objects, performances, installations and self-built instruments. Influenced by constructivism, brutalism, futurism and musique concrete, she explores the form and function of materials, uncovering patterns & properties as sound sources, signals, systems and interfaces. Recent project ‘MATERIALITY’ (ACE funded) explored sound sculpture as a medium to interface the physical and digital in music making, creating a new performance system incorporating tactile acoustic material properties (including steel sound sculptures and an industrial musique concrete sample library) with live electronic music performance forms. Vicky collaborated with researchers at the National Graphene Institute to develop a conductive graphene music interface for Ableton, this work was featured on Sound and Music’s Composer-Curator series and at Music Tech Fest, Stockholm.

Interested in our relationship to machines and materials and how these become manifest sonically, gesturally and experientially within performance, in 2019 she was featured on British Council and FACT magazine’s mini documentary ‘SONIC FUTURES: How technology is guiding electronic music’. Through her practice she explores DIY music technologies and the cultures that exist around them, most recently undertaking a creative research study in Berlin on the live AV, art/science & DIY synth scenes funded by the Artists International Development Fund from Arts Council England.

Recent solo work includes a live performance at MUTEK: Barcelona 2020 as part of #WEAREEQUALS with Brighter Sound, a selected artist for British Council’s UK-Russia Year of Music, travelling to Moscow and St Petersburg to collaborate and research music and machine learning. ‘Yemen: Say Hello to Connect’ a voice interactive digital installation exploring the interconnected issues of the humanitarian crises for Future Everything and Imperial War Museum North (shortlisted for SXSW) and ‘Breaking the sound barrier’ a response to the Delia Derbyshire archive at John Rylands Library as part of Manchester After Hours.

As co-director of Noise Orchestra, a DIY electronics project building Noise Machines that translate light into sound, she has been artist in residence at National Science & Media Museum, STEIM, Pervasive Media Studios, CTM Festival and Q02. Current projects include ‘SWARM’: Play the light of the city’, which was selected for ENLIGHT (European Light Expression Network) to develop portable noise machines where citizens play the light of their cities, premiering at Rome Media Art Festival in 2018. 

CACTUS Noise Machine, Noise Orchestra’s first light- noise synth was released in 2020 and is available from noiseorchestra.org

>Thread {}: Vicky is one third of Salford based generative textile collective >Thread {} who create generative artwork that subverts and connects textile heritage using analogue and digital processes. Working with code and human bio data, they produce digital imagery which is interpreted through print and surface pattern. Based at Islington Mill.


Vicky is an experienced arts manager, producer and arts educator .Vicky currently works as Creative Associate at Future Everything and as a music facilitator for Brighter Sound and Yorkshire Sound Women’s Network. She is the sound art mentor for BBC New Creatives North. Vicky worked formally as Whitworth Young Contemporaries project manager (youth collective for 15-25s at The Whitworth, part of CIRCUIT a Tate led, Paul Hamlyn funded project to transform the way young people interact with art galleries) and as Assistant Project Manager for Delia Derbyshire Day.

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