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Robin Browning is Musician-in-Residence for TRACE-E Project

Robin Browning becomes TRACE-E Musician-in-Residence, working with scientists at University of Southampton and semiconductor giant ARM, in a role that showcases his creative response – as composer and performer – to global issues of environment, sustainability and electronic waste.

TRACE-E (TRAnsitioning to a Circular Economy – Electronic waste focus) is an environmentally-themed creative project funded through the University of Southampton. Running until the end of March 2022, the Musician-in-Residence project immerses Robin with scientists at the University, alongside key specialists in areas such as semiconductor technology, waste management and sustainability. The role, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), culminates in performances of a new work, composed and directed by Robin, as part of SOTSEF – the University’s Science and Engineering Festival – in Turner Sims Concert Hall.

TRACE-E is a continuation of the SÓN eWaste Project in 2020, a series of concerts about Electronic Waste (eWaste) which recently won ‘Campaign of the Year’ Award at London’s National Recycling Awards for its galvanising societal impact on the local community. The events featured 85 schoolchildren, alongside SÓN professional musicians, co-composed and conducted by Robin, who also led school workshops leading towards the final performances.

The current project maintains the Electronic Waste focus, pairing Robin with scientists at the University’s arm-ecs research lab – which links research to industry, in conjunction with ARM, the semiconductor giant. He’ll also be working on creative responses to eWaste, sustainability and the circular economy, liaising closely with specialists in Optoelectronics, Waste Management & Recycling, and at the University’s famed Zepler Institute.

Robin’s artistic aim is to bring the ongoing environmental crisis further to the fore through sound, movement and imagery. Having worked in conjunction with those at the cutting edge of science and technology, he will fuse music, words, graphics and film, extending the original TRACE project, and delving deeper into core issues of global sustainability, and the impact of eWaste on humankind across the planet.

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