Sonic Art Research Unit (SARU)

Group Leaders: Professor Paul Whitty


Sonic Art Research Unit (SARU)

SARU is a collective of practitioners jointly managed by Prof. Paul Whitty and Dr. Patrick Farmer. Other practitioners include Prof. Ray Lee, Harriet Butler, Dr. Matt Parker and Dr. Stephen Cornford. It is a curatorial platform focusing on the production and research of sound and auditory knowledge, providing a forum for dialogue in between a variety of different fields.

SARU supports the record label Consumer Waste, and often works in partnership with Compost and Height and Oxford Contemporary Music.

Research impact

SARU is involved in a variety of research projects, such as Ray Lee’s kinetic sound sculptures, Max Eastley’s Aeolian experiments, and Sound Diaries, a project recording everyday life in sound. It also:

  • runs audiograft, an annual festival of experimental music and sound art
  • curates regular practitioner talks and lectures, such as the Sound I’m Particular series
  • releases a variety of media, from publications about the sounds of football not happening, to a pillow book about the river Lea
  • from 2020, has hosted an online bi-weekly research seminar, a chance for people involved in SARU to share and discuss work in an informal setting.



Dr Stephen CornfordSenior Lecturer in Fine
Dr Paul DibleyProgramme Lead for
Dr Patrick FarmerLecturer in Sonic
Professor Ray Lee Professor of Sound
Dr Matt ParkerResearch FellowResearch Fellow
Professor Paul WhittyHead of School of

The SARU collection on RADAR

SARU has produced a rich collection of images and recordings, which can be accessed via Oxford Brookes’ open access repository, RADAR. 

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