Chris Watson

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Chris Watson, lives and works in Sheffield. He was a founding member of the influential experimental music group Cabaret Voltaire during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Since then he has developed a particular interest in recording the wildlife sounds of animals and habitats from around the world. His television work includes many programs in the David Attenborough “Life” series including “The Life of Birds” which won a BAFTA Award for Best Factual Sound in 1996, and for the BBC series “Frozen Planet” which also won a BAFTA Award.

Watson has recorded and featured in many BBC Radio 4 and World Service productions including “The Wire” which won him the Broadcasting Press Guild’s Broadcaster of The Year Award. Watson received a Paul Hamlyn Composers Award. His installations have been commissioned by international museums and festivals such as Sheffield Millennium Gallery, Opera North in Leeds, The National Gallery, London, The Louvre, Paris, the Aichi Triennial in Japan and Unsound in Kraków.

Chris Watson,
Photo: Chris Watson, "The Masai Mara", Kenya, 2002 © Chris Watson