Global Sound Movement

Music and Performing Arts - MusicResearch@UCLan

Who we are

The Global Sound Movement (GSM), founded in 2014 by Phil Holmes, Phil Bush and Paresh Parmar, is committed to the preservation of the unique sounds of the world, whilst building connections between international communities.

Recording instruments in China

GSM sources rare, hand-built musical instruments of cultural significance, and travel to record them in their natural home in collaboration with the instrument builders and/or performers. Following the initial recordings, months of post-production sessions follow in order to create sample libraries. These are then made available to the global musical community for inclusion in new compositions or works and sound design.

What we do

Along with the musical elements, natural/ambient recording sessions take place to archive the rich sonic tapestry that surround the villages and cities. This practice enables GSM to catalogue and preserve the natural sound of each location visited. All location recordings are again made available to sound designers or music producers for composition, adding authenticity to creative projects based in these specific regions.

Recording environmental sounds in Zadar

As of the end of 2018, the GSM has travelled over 62,000 miles to complete projects in Uganda, Cyprus, Bali, Croatia, China, Gibraltar and Morocco. Students from the University of Central Lancashire’s BA (Hons) Music Production Course form part of the research team and gain world-class field-based experience.

Impact and distribution

As these instruments are developed to integrate to professional music production software, the GSM makes it possible for composers to work with the sample libraries, instruments and reverb patches seamlessly. This provides the tools to fuse culturally significant and rare sounds with modern music production techniques. As such, compositional technique develops and traditional sounds are being included in new music that has resonance with a wider international audience.

Recording instrumental sounds in Cyprus

The online home of the GSM has full details of each project and acts as a portal to the online marketplace for all instruments, sounds and reverb plugins we have generated. Music producers can purchase these unique sounds and instruments along with royalty-free loops to use as they wish in modern compositions.

All funds that are generated are sent to the original communities and instrument builders. This is having a lasting impact as the monies are being used for projects including the education of children in Africa, the construction of community buildings and dwellings in Indonesia and supporting agricultural workforces in China. It also benefits the hundreds of people that GSM work with, including the students who are developing new technical skills and international cultural awareness.

Recording instruments in Uganda

Innovative approaches along with flexibility to work internationally with students and supporting communities was recognised in 2016 when GSM won the ‘Excellence and Innovation in the Arts’ category at the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards in London.

Read more about the GSM via the links below.

Main site
Zadar project
Uganda project
Gibraltar project
Cyprus project
China project

You can also find us on Twitter, YouTube and Soundcloud.