SWS Advisory Board

Sound Walk September operates under the watchful eye of an advisory board of a broad range of respected experts and specialists. The board meets up to six times per year to advise on and guide the work of the organising committee.

John Levack Drever

SWS Advisory Board Member SWS Advisory Board Member 2021 SWS Advisory Board Member 2022

Operating at the intersection of acoustics, audiology, urban design, sound art, soundscape studies, and experimental music, Drever’s practice represents an ongoing inquiry into the perception, design and practice of everyday environmental sound. He has a...

Josh Kopeček

United Kingdom

SWS Advisory Board Member SWS Advisory Board Member 2020 SWS Advisory Board Member 2021 SWS Advisory Board Member 2022

Josh is CEO and founder of Echoes, which specialises in geolocative audio. ECHOES is an open-access platform which allows creators to make and publish incredible GPS-triggered walking experiences. ECHOES also designs bespoke apps which focus on sound a...

Anna Luyten

SWS Advisory Board Member SWS Advisory Board Member 2022

Anna Luyten studied at the Unversity of Ghent and the Antwerp University and holds the masters in philosophy, master in applied Literature Science and master in Theatre studies. She is a performative philosopher, writer, teacher, radio- and televisionma...

Annie Mahtani

United Kingdom

SWS Advisory Board Member SWS Advisory Board Member 2021 SWS Advisory Board Member 2022

Annie Mahtani is an electroacoustic composer, sound artist and performer working and living in Birmingham (UK). Her output encompasses electronic music composition from acousmatic music to free improvisation. Her work often explores the inherent sonic ...

Hamish Sewell

Australia

SWS Advisory Board Member SWS Advisory Board Member 2020 SWS Advisory Board Member 2021 SWS Advisory Board Member 2022

Hamish Sewell is the founder and primary audio producer with the geo locative platform Soundtrails. He has an extensive background in documentary radio and oral history and his works have won him international recognition and awards. For the last six y...

Andrea Zeffiro

SWS Advisory Board Member SWS Advisory Board Member 2021 SWS Advisory Board Member 2022

Andrea Zeffiro is Academic Director for the Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship and Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and Media Arts at McMaster University, Canada. For fifteen years Zeffiro has collaborated in transdisc...

Previously

We’ve had the benefit of learning from gifted individuals who previously have taken up a seat on our Advisory Board.

Julie Poitras Santos

Julie Poitras Santos

SWS Advisory Board Member 2020 SWS Advisory Board Member 2021

Julie Poitras Santos' site-specific art practice includes video, installation, and public projects that include a walking component. The relationship between site, story and mobility fuels a wide range of research and production, including the relationship...

Duncan Speakman

Duncan Speakman

SWS Advisory Board Member 2020 SWS Advisory Board Member 2021

Duncan Speakman (UK 1976) trained as a sound engineer at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, and is now based at the Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol. Often working with mobile audio and locative media, he creates narrative experiences that engag...

Francesca Panetta

Francesca Panetta

SWS Advisory Board Member 2020

Francesca Panetta is an immersive artist and journalist. She uses emerging technologies to innovate new forms of storytelling that have social impact. She currently works as Creative Director in the MIT Center for Advanced Virtuality. Previous to MIT, ...

Maja Thomas

Maja Thomas

SWS Advisory Board Member 2020

Maja Thomas is the Chief Innovation Officer of Hachette Livre, one of the largest book publishers in the world, and the Director of the Hachette Innovation Program, focusing on the intersection of publishing and digital innovation. Maja works internation...