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

The Turbine Hall

Following my hugely enjoyable and successful collaboration with Japanese dance artist Aya Kobayashi at the Tate Britain last October (see blog post), we were delighted that the Tate Families team asked us to be part of a new project at the Tate Modern this February. Inspired by Richard Tuttle’s ‘I Don’t Know‘ we created a piece… ...

BP Family Festival- Tate Britain

Tate Britain is one of the most inspiring places I may ever get to work in my life. ‘Reclining Figure 2014′ was a collaboration with London based Japanese dance artist Aya Kobayashi commissioned for the BP Family Festival at Tate Britain. Set in the Henry Moore room, fabric costumes transformed members of the public into living and… ...

In Ghent with Platform-K

I wizzed over to Ghent (Belgium) on the Eurostar for three days this week, to work with an inspiring inclusive dance company called Platform-K (english link here). I’m currently composing a new soundtrack for a dance work being choreographed by George Adams for Integrance, a project funded by EU Culture Programme, which brings together Sg2 (Stopgap Dance Company’s… ...

Wilton’s Strike! Dance Festival 2014

It was my huge pleasure to perform at the magnificent Wilton’s Music Hall for the opening night of their brand new Strike! Dance Festival. As the oldest musical hall in the world, it is one of London’s most precious and hidden gems, and it resonates history and charm in every room. I also had the rare… ...

Antechamber- Short Dance Film

Really excited to be finally able to share a short dance film that I’ve written the music for, called Antechamber. It was produced by Wigglyline Productions and features contemporary dancers Rosa Kentwood, Hayley Barker, and Janina Smith. It is beautiful and grotesque, and the production quality is exceptionally good. The movement was improvised on the day and it think the… ...

Reunited with an old friend

It’s great to be back in the studio this week with my close collaborator, Jerrel Jackson, researching his new piece Letters from Birmingham. I have a long history of successful collaborations with Jerrel, and it feels fantastic to be working together again after a few years apart. Letters from Birmingham is a unique contemporary dance… ...

Back in the Studio with Lila Dance

Its great to be back in the studio with Lîla Dance, working on our new immersive physical theatre piece. If you want to stay up-to-date on our process then follow our blog.   ...

Algorithm- Joe Darby & Kai Downham

A full recording of Algorithm, a collaboration with Dancers Joe Darby & Kai Downham that George Art Baker and I composed the soundtrack for, has been uploaded to Youtube. It’s a really accomplished and inspiring duet by the two young male dancers, both choreographers in their own right, and shows a bright future for them… ...

Weightless gets the heavy treatment

Military Helicopters, distorted Electronica, and Cello can only mean one thing… Yep, Yael Flexer’s back on tour, and with it goes my international collaboration with Isreali Cellist and Composer Karni Postel. The soundtrack is a massive array of sound, building all the way from quiet melancholic drones to a huge rumbling of twenty helicopters overhead.… ...

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