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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.

You can read more about why we’re working for equality in our Volume Up! report here or watch the video below:

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

Liz Dobson

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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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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Jo Kennedy

Jo Kennedy

Director

Following a long career in the environmental sector I decided to take a radical change in direction and pursue my creative interests more fully, studying for a BMus (Hons) in Creative Music Technology. This is how I first became aware of and involved with YSWN.

Having graduated in 2019 I now work as a freelance artist and technician.  I make sound art, perform live experimental music, run technical and creative workshops and do live sound engineering for small events.  I’m particularly interested in sound art as a means for environmental education and activism.

Supriya Nagarajan

Supriya Nagarajan

Director

I am a South Indian vocalist working in immersive installation performances nationally and internationally. I create works that occupy the spaces created by curiosity, science and innovation and link all my music to the human brain.

One of the aspects of my musical interests is the sounds of the world around us which feature prominently in all my music. Hence the interest in Yorkshire Sound Women Network where my passion for sounds, gender equality and life collide.

Irine Røsnes

Irine Røsnes

Director

I’m a violinist, academic, improvisor and advocate for new music. Currently pursuing my PhD at the University of Huddersfield, I investigate the performative aspects of the repertoire for violin and electronics.

I’ve presented numerous premieres across Europe and North America and appeared in various settings at festivals such as hcmf//, Borealis, Gaudeamus, Chicago New and Wonderfeel. My recent performances include works by Bernard Parmegiani, Luigi Nono, Pierre Boulez, Natasha Barrett, Pablo Galaz, Agostino DiScipio, Malin Bång, Simon Emmerson and Kaja Bjørntvedt. I am a guest lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton.

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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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