Tony Churnside | Creative Technologist

Tony Churnside

Using creative technology to make amazing experiences

Ghosts. The lost. Seemingly harmless, whispers in the darkness. Alone and wandering, looking for something, someone. Naked Productions presents a curated audio journey at Brickworks, an eerie, underground setting, deep beneath the streets of Manchester, with ghosts in the walls and tales of trapped souls who still haunt, for an evening of tales to leave you spooked and shake your bones. Stories to make you jump with fright, about things that go bump in the night, about ghosts, ghouls, spirits and screams, and all that lurks in the dark this Halloween. Join us underground in the dark and be afraid. Click here for more info.

Client: Naked Productions

Disquiet

For decades, the ‘Vostok-K Incident’, has been little more than a rumour, a conspiracy-theory with little evidence to go on – until now. RAF, NATO and Soviet Space Program dossiers have recently been declassified, and audio records of the night in question have finally been recovered. This immersive audio drama currently available on BBC Taster uses multiple devices (mobile phones / tablets etc.) which all contribute to the sound design or unlock hidden audio content. Click here to try

Client: BBC R&D / S3A



The Vostok K Incident
The Vostok K Incident
The Vostok K Incident
The Vostok K Incident
The Vostok K Incident
The Vostok K Incident

I wrote the music and worked with Eloise Whitmore on the sound design for these animations from Kilogramme for Manchester Metrolink. For one of the animations I had to create the sound of 2001 Space Odyssey using car and tram horns.

Client: TfGM



Metrolink Stay Safe

I designed and built the Sparklab Productions website, providing them with a simple to use CMS so they can build and add content to the site in the future.

Client: Sparklab

Sparklab Website

In order to extend the life of the You The Audience project I came up with the concept of The Listening Exchange for The Royal Exchange Theatre. Designer Amanda Stoodley created the shed. The recordings made by Eloise Whitmore and me for You The Audience were remixed for this installation. Along the side of the shed were different transducers, each being fed by different stories and sound mixes.

Client: Royal Exchange

The Listening Exchange
The Listening Exchange Shed
The Listening Exchange Shed
The Listening Exchange Shed

I created a radio receiver that used River Thames estuary water as an antenna for a piece of audio artwork by Cathy Fitzgerald. The receiver used a pump to fire the water up into a perspex tube. The salt from the brackish water meant radiowaves caused induction in the plumb of water, which could be demodulated and played out of loudspeakers. The signals were transmitted by a Raspberry Pi mounted in the tower of the lightship LV21.

Client: Metal Culture

Saltwater Radio
Saltwater Radio
Saltwater Radio
Saltwater Radio
Saltwater Radio

I designed and created a sound instalation that brought back to life some old audio equipment using recordings of The Royal Exchange audiences to weave a tapestry of stories together from their memories and thoughts about theatre.

Client: Royal Exchange

You the Audience installation
You the Audience installation

Made the recordings for the binaural BBC / Somthin' Else production of The Stone Tapes broadcast on Radio 4 in September 2015. The production was recorded and mixed to work in stereo and binaural using format agnostic production methods. Read about the production here. With: Somethin' Else

Client: Radio 4

Stonetapes binaural recording
Stonetapes binaural recording

I provided creative direction for Björk's recent retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. I managed the design and development of an interactive, augmented audio experience which allowed museum visitors to sonically explore Björk's 7 previous albums by physically exploring a space in the museum. The technologies employed included iBeacons for location tracking and gyroscopes and accelerometers for tracking head movement in order to create an immersive, interactive binaural experience. Read about the exhibition here. With: Björk

Client: MoMA

MoMA installation
MoMA installation
MoMA installation
MoMA installation