Peter Cusack is a field recordist, musician and sound artist with a long interest in the sound environment. He is based in Berlin and London. He is currently a research fellow in the research group CRiSAP (Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice).
In 1998 he started the Favourite Sounds Project that explores what people find positive about the soundscapes of the places where they live. The project has been carried out world wide including in London, Beijing, Prague, Manchester, Berlin and Hull. His long term project Sounds from Dangerous Places (described as sonic journalism) investigates soundscapes at sites of major environmental damage – the Chernobyl exclusion zone, the Caspian oil fields, the Aral Sea, Kazakhstan and the Bialowieza Forest, Poland (Europe’s last remaining primal forest recently threatened by increased logging).
He produced ‚Vermilion Sounds‘ – the environmental sound program – for ResonanceFM Radio, London, which ran for more than 50 shows.
During 2011/12 he was DAAD artist-in-residence in During Berlin, where he instigated ‘Berlin Sonic Places’ a wide-ranging collaborative project on the theme of urban soundscapes and city development. A small book – Berlin Sonic Places: A Brief Guide – was published in November 2017.
Musically he plays guitar and uses field recordings and photographs in performance. He had played numerous concerts worldwide and collaborated with many international musicians, Clive Bell, Nic Collins, Alterations (with David Toop, Steve Beresford, Terry Day), Max Eastley, Viv Corringham, Christina Kubisch, Tomomi Adachi, Michael Thieke, Blanca Regina.
CD releases include „Where is the Green Parrot?“ (ReR PC1 – solo CD); „Your Favourite London Sounds“ (Resonance); “Baikal Ice” (ReR PC2); “Favourite Beijing Sounds” (KwanYin 022); Sound from Dangerous Places (ReR PC3&4); Favourite Berlin Sounds (ReR PC5); Void Transactions by Alterations (Unpredictable).