Chris Watson

Chris Watson (b.1953) lives in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Chris Watson is a composer who specialises in recording the sounds of wildlife and the natural world. His freelance career in film, radio and TV has taken him to some of the world's remotest places. Watson worked on David Attenborough's Life and Frozen Planet productions for the BBC, which both went on to receive BAFTA Awards in the Best Factual Sound. Watson's compositions are based on the voices of animals and habitats in the natural world and the built environment such as heather moorlands, tropical forests, deserts, steelworks and the Arctic ocean. As well as creating soundtracks for broadcast, Watson produces multi channel sound installations, live performances, public lectures and workshops. His music career stems from the early 1970s when he was a founder member of the experimental group Cabaret Voltaire. In 2000 he received an Award of Distinction for his Touch CD 'Outside the Circle of Fire' in the Digital Music section of the Prix Ars Electronica. The University of the West of England awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Technology degree in 2006, and in 2011 he received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the Arts, London. He has undertaken commissions from Aldeburgh Music, FORMA Arts & Media, the British Film Institute, The Louvre and Museums Sheffield. Chris Watson

Chris Watson | I am delighted and honoured to receive the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Composer Award and now really excited by the potential and opportunity this award has given me to develop both my location work and production including a new, ambitious, large scale piece recorded in the Arctic.