Bill Vine (1980) is an experimental composer, performer, improviser, sound artist and ‘luthier electronique’. His work explores audience engagement, performance practice and the re-use of purpose built electronic musical instruments in experimental music.
Bill is the lead artist for [UNIT]. Having conceived the idea, he asked Anthony Bailey and Dan Tombs to add their respective talents to the mix. Bill is composer, sound designer and creator of the electronic/computer-based elements, performing on both acoustic and electronic instruments. As a result of his activities with [UNIT] Bill was made an Associate Artist at Norwich Arts Centre.
In 2016 Bill was awarded an Arts Council International Development Grant to undertake research into experimental music/sound art in Slovenia. This research consisted of two visits to Slovenia (Maribor in November 2016 and Ljubljana in March 2017), the results of which are being collated and written up ready for publication.
Also in 2016 Bill created and curated an online exhibition for Sound and Music and The Google Cultural Institute in association with the British Music Collection at Heritage Quay entitled “Composer-Built Instruments and the British Music Collection – An Holistic Approach to Music Making”
In 2017 he was commissioned to create a permanent multi-channel soundscape for the redeveloped Wells Maltings arts, education and museum centre, which will reopen in spring 2018.
Bill is a frequent collaborator with The Keeper’s Daughter Theatre Company, and has created sound design and composition for them across three different shows to date.
Other works include ATV01 (2014), an interactive, audience dependent sound-art installation utilising modified black and white TVs (ATVs); ATV02 (2014), an audience dependent performances with the ATVs presented in orchestral formation; Code-A (2012), a more traditionally composed three movement work for his Large Flat Panel Speakers (LaFPanS), two clarinets, two cellos and electronics (Mvmt1 //Mvmt2 //Mvmt3); and Numbers Station (2011), an interactive sound-art installation utilising the LaFPanS (Clip1 //Clip2 // Clip3).
Bill Vine was educated at the University of East Anglia where he completed his PhD in composition. His thesis was entitled “Composing the Instrument: An Alternative Approach to Musical Relationships between Composer, Instrument, Performer and Audience”