Digital Arts & Creative Technology

Wanted: Sound Artist for Silk is the Soul

Silk a Soul is a project developed by and for young people exploring Macclesfield’s silk heritage through digital media.

We are looking for a sound artist to work alongside artist Laurence Payot and Film-maker Tim Brunsden to create a soundtrack for a 360 film inspired by the silk heritage of Macclesfield. The soundtrack should be made using recordings of silk-related sounds such the clunking of weaving looms, the pinging of silk strings etc. intertwined with recorded voices and stories…


“The machines were so loud that the mill workers developed their own ways of communicating language, most people in the town could use sign language. 

With many machines working at the same time in one large room, it is possible that the rhythm of the machines may have synchronised. It is also said that people used to sing together to their rhythm…” (Silk Museum Machine Men)

You will develop the concept for the soundtrack and create recordings/edits with music students at the Fallibroome Academy over 3 workshops (currently penciled in for the 2nd /9th /20th July, then finish the piece by September in consultation with the lead artist and film-maker. We’re looking for someone who can create a soundscape that conjures the sound and feel of the silk heritage industry – the old machines, stories from past generation – with contemporary sounds that will appeal to younger people.

The final film will be presented on a website and displayed permanently at the Silk Museum in 2020.

Anticipated fee: £600 – 3 days at £200

To apply please send a CV including a short statement with information of your experience working with young people and/or heritage and/or film and a web link to your music / soundtracks (e.g. soundcloud, you tube etc.) by 7 April to

T: 01270 686915 Text/Call: 07966 448 029


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Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Cheshire East Council and Esmee Fairburn in partnership with Macclesfield Museums, Barnaby Festival, Cheshire Archives, and Macclesfiled Library .