My career as a sound artist started ten years ago, becoming a freelance composer and sound designer immediately after graduation- and I’ve never looked back. It’s a career that has taken me all over the world and introduced me to some truly inspiring people. My music has been in award winning dance and theatre productions, BBC productions, short films, animations, National Trust audio walks, and sound installations.

I am also Co-Artistic Director of Lîla Dance. Some of my previous collaborations for dance and theatre include, Commotion DanceIeva Kuniskis, Joli VyannLa Petite Mort Theatre, Floods of Ink, Tim Casson,Stopgap DanceYael Flexer & Nic Sandiland, The Ballet Boyz, Bootworks Theatre CollectiveThe Mayakaras,  Platform-K, Micadanses, Indepen-dance, Aya KobayashiLudus DanceKJ L Mortimer, and Jerrel Jackson Dance Company.

I believe my ability to mix recordings of everyday sounds and real instruments into my work is what sets me apart from other composers and sound designers. My work, whether it’s a soundtrack for a show or an installation, always aims to transport the audience so that they feel like they’re in a fictional world, even if that world is abstract or electronic.  The use of familiar sounds in sometimes unfamiliar ways has become my trademark sound design.

If you are looking for some music or sounds, or want to discuss some ideas with me, then I would love to hear from you. You can email me at dougieevans[at]gmail.com

Reviews

“The drama is punctuated beautifully with Dougie Evans’s soundscapes − here the sound of outside traffic and there, the pull of a dreamy, surreal blend of effects.”

“Dougie Evans’ driving soundtrack includes sound collages and loops shaped from the technological jungle sounds of devices, apps and printers – perfectly showcased in the Skype/text routine with lush strings punctuated by loops of text pings and that trademark ringtone.”

“Dougie Evans’s jittery sound design makes ample use of ringtones, notification pings and Skype and email sound effects, often echoing or overlaying them until they become distorted and disturbing. The very familiarity of the noises, like the familiarity of the blue light, the hunched shoulders and the preoccupied face, is the root of the soundscape’s queasy power.”

“The music plays no small part in this. The sounds of modern technology – from the clicking sounds of typing on a smart phone to sell service check outs – create a show that feels incredibly current. At one point, the two dancers struggle to keep up with the sounds around them, demanding their attention, gradually getting faster and faster.”

Portfolio

Choreography of Sound (Binaural Preview) (Listen with Headphones!)

Music for Film/TV/Media

I have music availble for Film, TV, and Media through Felt Music. Please go to Felt Music Library to buy a liscenced track.

If you have any questions about commisioning music for a trailer, advert, short film, or feature, then please don’t hesitate to get in contact.

Field Recordings

Devil’s Dyke Soundwalk

Recent Projects

Recording ‘Found Sounds’

Anyone familiar with my soundtracks will know that I am a huge fan of using field recordings to add a layer of everyday realism to live performances. This can be anything from a recording of an empty room to enhance claustrophobia (as in The Enormous Room), helicopters flying overhead in (Weightless), traffic lights beeping (A… ...

Soundtrack Design -The Enormous Room by Stopgap Dance Company

Depicted through a David Lynch-esque filmic style, The Enormous Room portrays a relationship between a father and a daughter who are trying to deal with grief.  The soundtrack for The Enormous Room is a complex mix of dreamy nostalgic music and household sound FX. When I first met Stopgap’s Artistic Director, Lucy Bennett, to discuss her creative ideas I knew instantly that… ...

Playing minor in a major way…

Originally published on IevaKuniskis.com As a seasoned composer for contemporary dance, I’ve been asked a few abstract things in my time, but Ieva’s request to me this week at The Point has to go down as one of my absolute favourites! We have a section in They Live Next Door affectionately titled the Man Waltz, because the music is actually based… ...

5 Essentials to make music for Dance

Writing a soundtrack for contemporary dance can be pretty varied, and as both Co-Artistic Director of Lîla Dance and a freelance composer I’ve made more soundtracks than most. Over the years I’ve made everything from abstract soundscapes to rock and roll and drum and bass. So one thing I’ve found is that you can quickly… ...

Night at the Theatre with Tim Casson and Stopgap Dance

Last week I finished my second contemporary dance soundtrack of the year. This time it was for the lovely and talented Tim Casson who has made a family friendly piece on Stopgap‘s SG2 Company, called Night at the Theatre. It’s a show about three unlikely characters (Hannah Sampson, Nadenh Poan and Connor Quill) accidentally stumbling into… ...

Imbalance with Joli Vyann

It’s no surprise that Joli Vyann’s new show Imbalance got a standing ovation at its premiere. I was super excited after they first asked me to do their sound design. The two performers are mind-blowingly talented, and they’ve fused contemporary dance with hand-to-hand circus to create a really spectacular take on modern life. The show… ...

The Many Doors of Frank Feelbad- Soundtrack

Last month I finished a new soundtrack for Bootworks Theatre’s new children’s show The Many Doors of Frank Feelbad. The play follows Frank, a young boy with a habit for losing things, who discovers he’s lost his mum. The show tackles some difficult subjects and themes for young children, and it was really important that the music supported this… ...

Thank you Vilnius!

I had an amazing time performing at the New Baltic Dance Festival last week in Vilnius, Lithuania. It’s a beautiful, and green capital city, and i really enjoyed my stayed there. The festival was really well organised, and it was great to perform to such a great audience. It was an honour for me to play… ...

‪Cabinet of Curiosities‬

Just finished working with La Petite Mort Dance Theatre on a new show called Cabinet of Curiosities, which premieres in Accrington Library and will be performed in non-dance venues across Lancashire. I collaborated with choreographer and Director George Adams on Cabinet of Curiosities over a few weeks during April in Lancaster. The soundtrack features everything from a Fly buzzing around… ...

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