Gary Fisher is a sound artist and experimental composer whose work explores sound through processes of inquiry and experimentation with objects, actions, words, places and technologies. He records, composes, performs and creates installations with various sound materials and approaches including found objects, found sounds, invented instruments, alternative approaches to traditional instruments, interacting with spaces and places. Central to the work are the ideas of treating sounds as materials and materials as potential sound-makers, amplifying textures and surfaces of objects The work often creates dialogues and blurs boundaries between improvised and composed, analogue and digital, intentional and accidental, noise and music, and always leaves room for elements of playfulness and humor.

Gary has a Masters in Sound Arts from The University of Arts London and an BA in Visual arts from The University of Salford. He has performed at festivals, in galleries, concert halls, public spaces, living rooms and on live radio including: Manchester Science Festival, Futuresonic Festival, Manchester Literature Festival, Resonance FM London, Venice Biennale, White Cube London with Christian Marclay and Thurston Moore and others.

In 2018 Gary was chosen for the Frances Chagrin Award for Composition. His piece SPLIT: a series of vinyl records composed of sound materials using cut-up technique, is currently in development.

A selection of Gary’s visual scores are included in the British Music Collection.

Visual scores in The British Music Collection.

Performing in London, 2014.

Performing in London, 2014.

CV / Selected Works

Solo performances:

2017 - A meeting of Sounds, Fuel, Manchester.

2016 - Manchester Literature Festival, commissioned piece for Powerlines project.

2016 - The Other Room 8th Birthday, The Castle, Manchester.

2015 - Live Piece With Tape Recorders, NTS Radio, London.

2014 - Approaching The Object, Constantly Evolving But never Ending, Angus-Hughes Gallery, London, curated by Irene Revell (Electra Projects).

2013 - Improvisation with Objects and Electronics, Noise Above Noise, The Penthouse, Manchester.

2013 - Sluice Art Fair, London

2012 - Chorlton Arts Festival, Manchester

2009 - Startrunning at Futuresonic Festival, Manchester.

Group performances:

2016 - Preston Jazz Festival with Murmurists.

2015 - Singing Saws and Glass Harp Performance, White Cube, London, with Christian Marclay, Thurston Moore and others, composed and directed by Christian Marclay. (Live recording released by Vinyl Factory as Good Vibrations).

2014 - Sculpture 4: Allan Kaprow: Yard 1961-2014, The Hepworth, Wakefield, group improvisation/intervention. Sculpture series curated by David Toop and Rie Nakajima.

2014 - Ritual In Parallel For Objects and Electronics, Soundings No.1, Powerlunches, London, with Graham Dunning.

Solo Exhibitions:

2016 - Gary Fisher: Visual Recordings, All The Shapes, Manchester.

Group Exhibitions:

2015 - Rob Pruit’s Flea Market in Venice, Venice Biennale, A Plus A Gellery, Venice.

2014 - Document For Approaching The Object, Constantly Evolving But Never Ending, Angus-

Hughes Gallery, London, curator: Irene Revell (Electra Projects).

2013 - Everything’s Great! The Hive, Rochdale, Greater Manchester.

2011 - Lost Language, Kraak Gallery, Manchester.

2010 - Cymbal For Murmur, Menu For Murmur, Chapman Gallery, Salford, curated by Ben Gwilliam and Helmut Lemke.


2017 - Manchester Science Festival, Manchester Museum, Musical Cosmos, one day residency with sound tour.

2015 - The Penthouse, Manchester, Noise Above Noise residency with live performance and open studio exhibition.


2018 - Visual scores in The British Music Collection, selection of visual musical scores included in The British Music Collection.

2017 - The Other Room Anthology, hand drawn poster from The Other Room 8th Birthday included in The Other Room 2016 Anthology.

2010 - This Work Will Be Destroyed In A Fire, Artist’s Bonfire, Islington Mill, Salford, piece for performance in the absence of the artist.