Cunningham, David

David Cunningham’s first significant commercial success came with The Flying Lizards’ record ‘Money’, an international hit in 1979. His work as producer, musician and composer has ranged across many genres of music and includes work for television, film, contemporary dance, and significant collaborations with visual artists and filmmakers.

In parallel with these comparatively conventional music activities his installation works have explored the real time experience of the acoustic qualities of a space. Locations have included Chisenhale Gallery London (1994), Biennale of Sydney (1998) and the Tate Triennial of Contemporary British Art 2003. Subsequent installations have taken place within ICC Tokyo, Ikon Gallery Birmingham, Camden Arts Centre London, 1m³ Lausanne and most recently at Laure Genillard London.

Since the release of his first album ‘Grey Scale’ in 1976 he has worked as a musician and record producer, engaging with an eclectic range of people and music, from pop groups (This Heat, Palais Schaumburg) to improvisers (David Toop, Steve Beresford) to Michael Nyman’s music for Peter Greenaway’s films and work with Ute Lemper and others.

Film and television work has included two long continuing collaborations – with William Raban, most recently ’72-82′ and with Ken McMullen, recently with ‘Οχί An Act of Resistance’ and his earlier films ‘Being and Doing’, ‘Zina’ and (alongside Michael Giles and Jamie Muir) ‘Ghost Dance’. Related work has included the production and treatment of sound for installation and broadcast artworks by Susan Hiller, Cerith Wyn Evans, Martin Creed, Amikam Toren, João Penalva, Ceal Floyer, Ian Breakwell, Gillian Wearing, Thomas Demand, Sam Taylor-Wood, John Latham, David Hall, Stephen Partridge, Bruce McLean, Tony Sinden, Brad Butler and Karen Mirza and many others.

Live music – alongside solo performances (see downloads) has involved collaboration and performances with Yasuaki Shimizu, Scanner, Panasonic, Kathy Acker, Michael Nyman, John Cage, Peter Gordon, John Greaves, Rie Nakajima, Apache 61 and others.

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