I’m a sound designer & musician based in Bristol, specialising in live laptop & vocals.
I design sound for theatre, animations and installations (see projects page).
I’m make music in…

  • folk song / laptop duo Solarference with Sarah Owen (laptop, vocals, piano)
  • glitchy / punky free-improv trio Ep/64 with Dali de Saint Paul (vocals) + Dan Johnson (drums)
  • electronica / drone duo Sat Nav with Chris Menes (modular synths)
  • solo songwriter + producer mode, as Newton Disc
  • sprawling Bristol improv clan Domestic Sound Cupboard.

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


some recent sounds:






what i’m up to:


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 Paris Spring Loops Festival – Espace en Cours, Paris 20
Apr 11th:  Ep/64 at Sonic Imperfections, Montague Arms, Peckham, London
Apr 13th: Ep/64 at Bristol Exchange with Iceman Furniss, Blood Quartet & others
Apr 21st: Sat Nav debut performance at Old England Bristol
Apr 26th: Sound Cupboard, Crofters Rights – DSC + COIMS + Spunking Octochoke
May 12th: Domestic Sound Cupboard at Roll for the Soul Bristol
May 13th: Ep/64 at Royal Oak, Bath, with Saltings, Run Logan Run, Milon
June 1st: Sound Cupboard, Crofters Rights Bristol, DSC + others tbc
June 4th: DSC at Bristol Old England 2 Day Scorch mini-festival
June 8th: Ep/64 at The Greenbank, Bristol, with Calcine trio
June 11th: Solarference at Bradninch Folk Festival
June 25th: Sound Cupboard, Crofters Rights Bristol, DSC + Jilk + others tbc
July 26th: Sound Cupboard, Crofters Rights Bristol, DSC + Solarference + others tbc