Karen Lauke

Sound design and original composition

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Karen Lauke is a freelance sound designer, composer and post-production specialist with experience of creating, editing and producing sound and music for theatre, live performance, installation, exhibition and most recently, film. Karen enjoys working closely with directors, performers, and collaborators from the rehearsal room to performance space (whether that be traditional, experimental, indoor or out) to fully integrate her work within the performance event. In addition to traditional theatre sound design, Karen also works with field recordings, video and text, creating works that respond to local situations, environments and place. Her site-specific public artworks experiment with sound as the main focal point and incorporate many different forms of digital technology.

Her work has been presented and performed in the USA, Germany, Spain, Canada, Czech Republic, Portugal and throughout the UK. She holds awards from World Stage Design for The Odyssey (2009) and The Ghost of Someone Not Yet Drowned (2013).

She was the curator for the Society of British Theatre Design (SBTD) National Exhibition for Sound Design, Cardiff (2011) which toured the V&A Museum, London and Summerhall Gallery, Edinburgh and in 2015 Karen will curate a programme of events for Sound Kitchen at the Prague Quadrennial 2015.

Karen also has a wealth of experience in the creation and leadership of composition and sound design workshops, has worked in Higher Education for over 10 years and has a range of skills and abilities from creating content, editing, post-production to managing projects, budgets and working to tight deadlines.


Music, space and theatre: site-specific approaches to multichannel spatialisation
Organized Sound Journal, co-authored with Dr Ewan Stefani, 2010
The placement of sound in artistic contexts
Body, Space & Technology Journal, 2010
Arts Research: Publics & Purposes
Graduate School of Creatve Arts & Media, Dublin, February 2010
Dreaming the Silence
Symposium on Silence, CpaRA, University of Chester, 23 June 2009
Investigating and defining practice-led research in the arts
CEPRA, Leeds University, 20 September 2008
Interdisciplinary Seminar on Sound Spatialisation and Immersice Audio: Disciplines, Venues, Perspectives, Techniques, Systems and Praxes
Panel Member, Auditory Environments, Culture Lab, Newcastle University, 22 March 2008
Theatre Sound Design and Musical Construction
Digital Music Research Network Annual Conference, Leeds Metropolitan University, 8 July 2007
This is what it sounds like
Short Story Conference, Edge Hill University, July 2007
Sound: The Neglected Art in Performance
Sound As Art: Blurring of the Boundaries, Aberdeen University, 24-26 November 2006
Hierarchy of the Senses: Non-Descriptive Sounds versus Visual Imagery
Pushing The Medium Symposium, Udine, Italy, 17 October 2006
Prospero/Brook: Gielgud, Greenaway and the New Masque
SW/Texts PCA/ACA National Conference, New Mexico, USA, February 2006

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