SSR Success Story - Caroline Churchill, Artist - Engineer - Facilitator in Sound

Caroline Churchill

Artist - Engineer - Facilitator in Sound

Music Production & Sound Engineering

Caro C completed our Audio Engineering Techniques & Technology course in 2008. Since leaving SSR, Caro has worked with clients including The Lowry and Bridgewater Hall, produced her own music, engineered for other artists and even appeared on CBBC with Dick and Dom.

Caro also instigated and developed Delia Derbyshire Day, an initiative which honours the work and archive of electronic music pioneer and BBC Radiophonic Workshop leading light, the late and great Delia Derbyshire.

We caught up with Caro via email and asked her to fill us in on her wide ranging projects and recent work...

Caro C:

“Well, variety has definitely been the spice in my life since getting my Diploma in Audio Engineering Techniques & Technology at SSR. I went freelance after spending the time whilst studying at SSR networking and gigging in Manchester as I was new to the creative city. Since then I have enjoyed lots of work as a creative music facilitator, music tech specialist and performance coach on projects with The Lowry, Bridgewater Hall, Drake Music and more.

As well as a handful of interesting studio engineering & producer clients, it seems my creative skills as a composer and producer are just as in demand and I appreciate having a grasp of the technical side of sound recording and mixing. It is nice to be able to know how to realise your own and others' creative visions. Technically I strive for 3D production (in stereo) and the conscious use of compression - I'm a big supporter of Dynamic Range Day. I got really into sculpting my last album with the input of (SSR tutor) Steve Boyce-Buckley and enjoying the analogue heaven that is Lisa Stansfield's Gracieland Studios.

I also instigated and have been developing an initiative called Delia Derbyshire Day - a project based around the archive of the one of the pioneers of electronic music which is in fact based here in Manchester. Delia is most famous for realising Ron Grainer's original Dr Who theme tune in 1963 and her 267 tapes of archive are a fascinating glimpse into early electronic music as she was making ambient, EDM and synth-pop before these genres were even created!

We have commissioned a few creative music and digital visual art responses to the archive (supported by Arts Council and PRS Foundation) with sell-out music events and UK tour plus music tech projects in primary schools, where the kids learn how Delia made her music and then create their own TV themes inspired by Delia's music production techniques (such as found sounds/music concrète and tape loops) - which they love!

A career highlight so far has to be appearing on Dick and Dom's CBBC series Absolute Genius where I helped them re-create the Dr Who theme using pig sounds for the bass line and other such hilarities. Nice to be finally accepted into the avant-garde vanguard!

All this has meant that I have continued to expand and develop as an internationally-active artist, engineer and facilitator in sound and it stills feels like the beginning”

We are very proud of all of Caro’s achievements and in particular her efforts in celebrating the work of Delia Derbyshire, as it is closely connected to SSR’s core music production and recording origins and encouraging experimentation in our students’ work.

Check out Caro’s creative response to the Delia Derbyshire archives on Vimeo below.

You can also visit her Soundcloud page and website for more information and music: