Peter Cusack

Peter Cusack is a musician and field recordist connected to the University of the Arts, London (UAL) and has a particular interest in how people interact with the environment in which they live. Much like John Levack Drever, Cusack is interested in natural and human soundscapes with his Sounds from Dangerous Places (2012) making a great example but see his UAL website for the above information and details on all his work up to 2001.

Cusack, along with Alcwyn Parker hosts a very interesting interactive sound database which provides the user some details of the sounds of an environment by placing them onto an aerial map which gives some indication of what sort of environment is around that location.

Baikal Ice (2003) which can be heard in the video below is a work using field recordings from the Baikal Lake in Siberia, which is a UN World Heritage site, and therefore a great resource for many types of ecologist.

Further details of this project can be found on the UAL projects page.

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Like Andrea Polli and Chris Watson, Peter Cusack has been interested in many geographical areas and soundscapes but has used various types of microphones to capture some sounds which are not available to the human ear.
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Photo: Cusack, P. (2007). Peter Recording Sounds at Chernobyl. Retrieved from

Video: #PeterCusack. (2015). Baikal Ice Flow Split 1. [YouTube]. Retrieved from

An interview with Peter Cusack, along with some more information and details on his works is available from the Created Digital Music website, and some of his work is available through his SoundCloud page.