a noisy silence
with a focus on contemplative sound art practices, a noisy silence exists to help us listen more carefully to the world and to ourselves.
we use sound and listening as a vehicle for supporting wellbeing, building community and caring for our environment.
if you share this passion and feel we can help you in your work, please...
a noisy silence
sectors we support
health and wellbeing
We run successful contemplative listening and wellbeing programmes for the NHS, charities and community groups, integrating both online and in-person elements. This has included; a five-week contemplative arts for wellbeing programme for NHS staff, slow media and found sound workshops with young people recovering from mental ill-health, audio production of nature-connected workouts, field recording workshops with those experiencing homelessness, an NHS Silent Space, wellbeing soundwalks, community audio tours and online mindfulness programs.
nature and conservation
Working with partners we have delivered a variety of workshops, soundwalks, tours and music experiences to connect people with the natural world and encourage conservation efforts. This has included a woodland silent disco, nature connection meditations and tours, audio for outdoor exercise, dawn chorus recordings and a woodland soundwalks.
Sound can be a great way to bring stories to life, whether it's audio for virtual museum visits or tours bringing historical characters and places back to life. We have worked with a range of museums, often in partnership with the communities they serve, to produce a range of products including oral history recordings, music for storytelling and theatrical presentations. We have produced a range of audio tours that explore the soundscape and acoustics of historic buildings, the lives of people and communities, industrial heritage and links with the natural world.
education and training
with years of teaching and community arts experience, we feel quite at home working with young people in schools and colleges. We've supported the delivery of arts, music and media curricula, personal and social education and multi-disciplinary workshops programmes. With a focus on sound and listening, we can work with you to provide the depth and variety you need to support learning.
research and academic
with a strong interest in innovation and impact, we work with research bodies and university departments to further knowledge and training in sound, listening and wellbeing, specialising in contemplative sound art and wellbeing. We have contributed to academic presentations and conferences, community-focused research projects, commissions and undergraduate and postgraduate training.
arts and culture
We're at home working with other arts organisations to deliver creative projects and services, such as...
music for festivals and events
audio tours to support visual arts
music and sound design for outdoor art
schools and community arts workshops
music and sound design for theatre pieces
radio and podcast production
music and sound for video
“Sound UK has commissioned Richard Bentley / A Noisy Silence on three occasions. Each time Richard has been a total pleasure to work with. His professionalism, clarity and commitment to delivering the best possible outcome is fantastic. The quality of his and A Noisy Silence’s work and the creative and personal sensitivity with which it’s delivered is excellent. I have no hesitation in recommending his work and hope we get to collaborate together again.”
— Maija Handover (Co-Director Sound UK)
5 ways to wellbeing
For each service we offer, we highlight the positive impact it has on wellbeing, using the NHS Five Ways to Wellbeing:
connection : learning : activity : kindness : presence