Women In Music Tech - Hebden Bridge

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About YSWN

About us

Yorkshire Sound Women Network (YSWN) was founded in 2015 by women working in the sound technology industry who wanted to use their skills and influence to address gender and racial inequality. Our mission is to support a flourishing industry which welcomes, encourages and progresses the inclusion of women at all levels from studio floor to board room, and reflects the diversity of its participating communities.

What we do

YSWN enables the artistic and technical development of women and girls through access to resources, skills sharing, and collaborative opportunities. Through its network YSWN provides strong, skilled and professional role models who actively encourage women and girls to participate and develop skills in sound and music digital technology. Our meetings are open to all women and non-binary, agender and gender variant people. Men are welcome to support the network in other ways.

The story so far

In the first three years, YSWN delivered over 80 workshops, facilitated new sonic creative practices through mentoring and skill-sharing activities, delivered high-quality public performances and community events and inspired new regional groups across Yorkshire and beyond.

YSWN’s work benefits from regional, national and international links within the music technology industry, including software companies Audible Genius (Syntorial), Audulus and Ableton; partnerships with cultural organisations such as Sound & Music, National Media Museum, Hoot and Manasamitra; academic connections including Higher Education Institutions such as the University of Huddersfield, Sheffield Hallam University, and University of Sheffield, plus the AHRC and Live Coding Research Network, and links with high-profile practitioners working nationally and internationally in sound technology.

Be part of our future

We are now beginning to deliver further activities focused where we have identified a need in industry and education, thanks to organisational development support from Arts Council England. YSWN became a Community Interest Company in 2018. Find out more about how you can support YSWN’s work here.

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Meet the YSWN team

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Liz Dobson

Director

I’ve been involved in music and music technology since the age of eight, and have taught it for 20 years, working with undergraduates and children at various levels. Following an early classical music training I retrained in sound for media, starting out in location recording (concerts) and composing music for film. I now teach sound design and computer based sound design at the University of Huddersfield.

I am passionate about education and creating inclusive spaces for learning, particularly spaces that support women, girls and people of non-binary genders, to explore music and sound technology. I am a co-founder of YSWN, a National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

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Abi Bliss

Director

One of my many day jobs is as a music writer, generally at the experimental end of things. My interest in music technology started when, having picked up my violin after a 10-year gap, I found myself wanting to make sounds more like the ones I listen to. I’m half of an audiovisual duo, Love Without Sound and also organise Sound Events, an ‘all welcome’ free improvisation session, which takes place regularly in Huddersfield.

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Andie Brown

Director

I am a musician and sound artist who has been performing for 28 years, playing with many bands as a bass guitarist. Since 2007, I have been working as a solo artist, concentrating on working with glass and electronics. In 2012 I undertook a BSc in Music Technology: Sound for Media and since 2017 have been studying at the University of Huddersfield, undertaking a PhD.

Alongside my music career, I worked in market and social research for many years but for the past decade I have worked in finance and administrative roles within arts and music organisations, not-for-profit companies and charities, including experimental music venue Café OTO. I currently work for the artist booking agency, Annex Agency.

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Aiwan Obinyan

Associate

For over 10 years, I’ve worked in the film and music industries, as a musician, studio engineer, composer and filmmaker. My work has appeared on national and international TV with clients including ITV, University of Leeds, Majek Fashek and Channel 4. In 2013 I founded AiAi Productions, an audio post-production company specialising in music for Film & TV, sound design, editing and dubbing.

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Amy Beeston

Associate

I’m an audio researcher and sound artist based in Sheffield. My research interests include bio-inspired auditory modelling, perceptual constancy, hearing impairment, and the use of live audio analysis techniques in sound art and music performance. I’m a co-founding member of the Yorkshire Sound Women Network and its Sheffield sister-group, SONA.

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Heidi Johnson

Development Manager

I have 17 years’ experience working in the music education and arts sectors, with a particular interest in promoting musical inclusion through digital technologies. For the past six years I was Director of youth music charity NYMAZ, leading the delivery of activities under Youth Music’s strategic funding programme for North Yorkshire, brokering partnerships and securing new income streams. Previously I have worked for Live Music Now, the Royal Northern College of Music and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

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