Paul Whitty is a Composer and Sound Artist whose work has found its way into spaces and contexts as diverse as the Mecca State Bingo Hall in Kilburn, London; the freezer compartment of a fridge in Romford, Essex; Nightclubs in Hackney and Huddersfield; and Vauxhall Cross Gyratory in Central London. Recently Paul has been engaged in a series of interventions in pre- existing contexts – re-reading, re-organising, re-categorising, re- distributing and re-sounding the materials that are found there. These contexts can be scores, actual physical sites or instruments. Recordings include thirty-nine pages - a re-organisation of Cesar Franck's Sonata for violin and piano - performed by Darragh Morgan and Mary Dullea (Metier 28509); and seven pages - an exploration of the internal soundworld of Gyorgy Ligeti's Continuum in collaboration with harpsichordist Jane Chapman (NMC D145).
Paul is director of experimental ensemble [rout] and has a particular interest in collaborative practice. His ongoing collaborative project Vauxhall Pleasure (2004-2009) with Anna Best consisted of a site event at Vauxhall Cross, London; an installation at the Museum of Garden History as part of their Tempered Ground exhibition; and two performances at Tate Britain. The latest phase of the project has been funded by the AHRC. In the introduction to the ACE publication Open Space: Art in the Public realm in London 1995-2005 Jemima Montagu comments:
Both socio-political protest and live art and music performance, this project captures the richly layered, interdisciplinary and ultimately uncategorisable nature of art in the public realm today.
Recent projects include The Swimmer – A True Story a film and installation developed with novelist Roma Tearne and exhibited at the 54th Venice Biennale (2011).
Paul is a founder member of the Sonic Art Research Unit (SARU) and audiograft at Oxford Brookes University.