With both aided and naked ears, Lee Patterson tries to understand elements of his surroundings and culture by engaging with the sounds they produce. The use of sound recording as a method to educate his perception has resulted in a practice that includes environmental sound, improvised music, film soundtrack, radio and installation.
Whether working live with amplification or recording within an environment, he has pioneered a range of devices and methods that produce or uncover complex sound in unexpected places. From rock chalk to burning nuts, from bridges to aquatic plants, he eavesdrops upon the sounds emitted by organisms and objects otherwise considered mute. Past and present collaborators include Mika Vainio, Jennifer Walshe, Vanessa Rossetto, David Toop, Rhodri Davies and John Butcher, Greg Pope, Benedict Drew, Luke Fowler, Lucio Capece, Rie Nakajima, Angharad Davies, Keith Rowe, John Tilbury, Xavier Charles and Tetsuya Umeda. His works have featured on UK TV, BBC Radios 3, 4 and 6, Resonance FM and on radio stations worldwide.
He lives and works in Prestwich, Manchester, UK.