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James Hazel


Address: Suite 3, Level 4, 153 Hunter St, Newcastle
Hours:by appointment
Property Donor:  Iris Capital
Launched: 19 January 2017
Closed:  17 October 2017

James Hazel
e: [email protected]

Who are you?
Pertaining to Noise is a space occupied by a composer for working with sound as a primary medium.

What do you do?
I research, write music and develop sound art installations in various contexts.

What inspired you to get involved with Renew Newcastle?
I was inspired to get involved in Renew Newcastle so that I would have a space to be able to compose music and research away from the distractions of my house/internet/society. I also wanted to get involved because it is affordable for someone such as myself – a fiscally precarious musician. I have seen various spaces used around Newcastle and am very interested in developing my artistic practice within the opportunities and limitations of a new context.

What are you doing in your new space?
I will be writing music. I will also be working on some sound installation ideas which I plan to realise later in the year.

Tell us about the space – what was its previous use? Anything unique about it? Your response to the space?
As far as I know the space was previously used by an architect – whose artistic process is not dissimilar to that of a composers in many ways; both deal in large structures, aesthetics & form.

The studio I am using is pretty large space with three windows which allows plenty of light and pretty amazing acoustics. It is also monastically quiet which is important for me to think about my creative ideas thoroughly. It is ironic, because a lot of a composer’s work is done in silence.

Ultimately, I find the space really great to compose in because it allows me to work without relying too much on a computer. I start out my practice by developing the musical score on paper first before realising it later – a chance to get back to basics.