Culture Lab Newcastle

Staff Profile

Tim Shaw

Lecturer in Digital Media



My practice-research is concerned with the many ways people listen, and specifically how listening environments can be constructed using a diverse range of technologies and techniques. 

I have a background in recording sound and my practice is anchored in the creative use of field recordings. I use a variety of self-constructed technologies to playback and manipulate recordings, and create complex listening environments. 

I work across installation, performance and sound-walking. I present work in all of these forms at galleries, festivals, museums, conferences, through residencies and cultural events nationally and internationally. 


Tim Shaw has worked internationally as an artist, performer, sound designer and researcher. His practice incorporates diverse approaches to sound capture and processing, and includes creating site responsive performance-installations. His compositional methods include field recordings, synthesized sounds and live electronics, providing a wide scope for creative diversity.

Collaboration plays a central role in his approach, he has been lucky enough to make artistic work with many artists including Chris Watson, John Bowers, Jacek Smolicki and Sébastien Piquemal as well as medieval musicologists and astrophysicists. Tim has presented work in various international venues including Café OTO (UK), NIME (UK, USA, Australia), Stereolux (France), Piksel (Norway), Eastern Bloc (Canada), ISEA (Hong Kong), ARC (Switzerland), CTM (Germany), The Wired Lab (Australia) and FACT Liverpool (UK). 


My practice-based and theoretical research interests include 

  • How digital media practices are in dialogues around thinking through making and research through design
  • How contemporary sound technologies affect listening practices
  • How we can use various technologies to engage with archive content and digital technology as heterogeneous materials for the creation new art works
  • How a creative approach to digital technology can value process over production 


My approach to teaching involves a practical engagement with sound and technology and is informed by my own practice-lead research concerns and my artistic practice. 

I have taught programmes and run workshops in sound, listening and technology at Goldsmiths University (UK), Stereolux (France), Piksel (Norway), Music Hackspace (UK), Sussex University (UK), Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums (UK) and FACT Liverpool (UK). 

I teach through a practical approach, allowing students to creatively explore sound within their own practice, and through doing so acquire an understanding of relevant historical work.