I’m a musician, sound designer & singer based in Bristol, specialising in live laptop performance, found sound and song. I’m in folk/laptop duo Solarference with Sarah Owen. I write, produce and perform songs as Newton Disc. I make electronic and other noises in improv groups Ep/64 and Domestic Sound Cupboard.

Contact me about any-old-thing: nick [at] solarference.com

some recent sounds:

what i’m up to:


Jan 7th: Ep/64 at Sept-Étranges, Paris, with Lucid Brain + Jean-François Domingues
Jan 13th, 21st, 22nd: tech’ing LaVolta at Calstock Arts, Dorchester arts, St Endellion.
Jan 25th: Sound Cupboard, Crofters Rights – DSC + Ocean Floor + Halftone
Feb 18thSolarference with Bold Set of Ruffians at Exeter Friends Meeting House
Feb 18th: Ep/64 tape release event on Pale Master, Liverpool
Feb 22nd: Sound Cupboard, Crofters Rights – DSC + Microdeform + Itutu
Feb 25th: LaVolta at Lyme Regis Marine Theatre (as sound engineer)
Mar 4th:  Solarference at Rock for Refugees, Ottery St Mary
Mar 4th: Solarference workshop for RISE, Barnstaple
Mar 11th:  Solarference at Bristol Cafe Kino, with Swir + Yvonna Magda
Apr 7th: Ep/64 at International Loop Festival, Paris (location TBC)
Apr 11th:  Ep/64 at Sonic Imperfections, Montague Arms, Peckham, London
Apr 13th: Ep/64 at Bristol Exchange with Iceman Furniss, Blood Quartet & others
June 11th: Solarference at Bradninch Folk Festival


Below: debut performances of new projects at The Bristol Hum experimental music festival –MCZh (Solo vocal improv) and Ep/64 (Three-piece improv group)

Solarference album – Locks & Bolts is available now!