Found Sound

(R) Researcher

Jonathan Heron

Director of the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning, University of Warwick

Read the research

How does sound create memory, and how does memory sound?

An ever-changing composition, Found Sound explores embodied cultural memory and intangible cultural heritage through sound installation. The funding from Coventry Creates enabled a collaboration between researcher, sound designer and digital practitioner to create an immersive sound experience for people at home. This was made from ‘found sound’ in the Cathedral archive.


We are working in collaboration with Coventry Cathedral in support of the City of Culture programme. Our first Found Sound installation was attended by c.450 people over two days in September 2019. We hope to reach many more people between 2020 and 2021 as result of moving this work online. The research will respond to the feedback and, one day, return to the venue itself to put these findings into action.

(A) Artist

Kieran Lucas

Sound designer

(A) Artist

James Ball

Web Developer

Kieran Lucas is a sound designer, sound artist and theatre-maker. He is a founding member of Barrel Organ theatre company & associate artist at Coney. He is an alumnus of Warwick University.

James Ball is a production manager, technician, and occasional web developer. He works primarily in theatre, live music and outdoor art although his specialisation is in sound.

The work can be accessed remotely via

Photo credit: Historic England Archive. John Laing Photographic Collection: jlp01_08_057620.


A digital exhibition of artworks created during lockdown and inspired by university research. Amongst these 18 artistic responses to research, you’ll discover poetry about Coventry, Covid-19 and the Black Lives Matters movement. Find stories about what Coventry means to refugees, and learn about Coventry’s twinning history, women’s suffrage and how interactive games can help break down the complexities of homelessness. Hear the words of healthcare workers during the first peak of Coronavirus, and explore creative connections forged by ‘The Artist and the Prof’.

Coventry Creates is part of the ongoing work by Coventry and Warwick universities in the lead up to the City of Culture. The University Partnership has funded over 30 creative research projects, involving over 50 Coventry organisations and local communities.


More information about Coventry Creates