Richard Bentley is a sound artist and researcher whose work explores focus-oriented sound art practice and the experience of positive silence. This interest is manifested through listenings, writings, field recordings, composition, soundwalks and the development of participatory sound art exercises.
In his practice, Richard explores the interplay of mind and soundscape in experiences of positive silence. Phenomenological enquiry and documentation, through field recording, reflections and stream-of-consciousness transcription, typically provide the starting point for work, unearthing themes that are shared and developed through writings, sound works and a host of interdisciplinary and participatory arts work.
Informed by this artistic practice and drawing from the fields of sound studies, art therapy and positive psychology, Richard's research investigates focused-oriented sound art practices for wellbeing. His current work explores the experience of positive silence as freedom from distraction and the influence of the soundscape on present-centred awareness and psychological distancing. In addition to contributing to academic and public discourse on the topic, research outcomes include the development of participatory sound art practices that support wellbeing in both clinical and non-clinical settings.
Richard is a researcher with the Sonic Art Research Unit at Oxford Brookes University and is in the final stages of completing his doctorate. He is ambassador for Hush City App, Silent Space and is the UK representative for Quiet Parks International. He is also an Associate Artist with the Jelly arts organisation based in Reading and Associate Lecturer in audio production at both Oxford Brookes and the University of West London. For past projects please visit the projects page.
Richard also releases music on the Buried Treasure record label with 'Revbjelde' and has developed bespoke audio products for clients such as The Woodland Trust, Crisis, Intelligent Health, The Roald Dahl Museum, Nature Nurture and a host of community arts organisations. For more information about his commercial and community arts work, click here.