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Clive Williamson is a composer, producer and musician with the group Symbiosis and also works as a freelance graphic designer, photographer and journalist. His main interest has always been finding areas where Technology and the Arts can interact creatively. He trained at the BBC as a sound engineer and worked as a Technical Operator and Studio Manager in radio, and as an Assistant Producer in television (for BBC2's Riverside and Computers in Control). He went on to produce Applying the Micro for the U.K.'s national Radio 4 network and The Science of Sound for Radio 4 Education and BBC World Service.

As a journalist, Clive has written about the uses of new technology in sound production and music for the Institute of Broadcast Sound magazine Line Up; Sound on Sound magazine; and most recently for the online magazine Digital DIY. Earlier he wrote three books on home computing (Sigma Press and Penguin Books) and articles for Which Micro?, Acorn User, Time Out and Televisual magazine. He was a regular contributor to Matthew on Music and Sarah Ward (BBC World Service), The Big Byte (BBC Radio 5) and has since appeared as a composer and performer on Techno (BBC2); 11 a.m. (Seven Network, Australia); and on numerous radio programmes.

Clive Williamson now concentrates on his work with the London-based musical group Symbiosis, which he started in 1987, aiming to combine natural instruments such as flutes (played by himself and John Hackett) and guitars (played by Richard Bolton) with the best in studio technology and a sensitive approach to production. The group then expanded to include cittern and mandolin player Ashley Drees; flautist and singer Emily Sinclair; and a number of guest musicians including Sarah Devonald (oboe and Cor Anglais), Ian Ritchie (soprano sax), Maloviere (violin and tsimbala) and percussionist Michèle Drees. Clive has used both analogue and digital recording methods to capture their performances and creates all their album covers using 'ambient images' from nature.

"Our goal has always been to use technology intuitively and creatively," says Clive, "so that our music – and the way we present it – is as natural and as inventive as possible. I think the best use of technology is often when it is completely transparent to our listeners, but has enabled us to make better recordings – with more heart-felt and inspired playing, writing and mixing – than would have been possible using traditional methods!"

Clive Williamson with recording gearIn 1996/7 Clive travelled round New Zealand collecting nature recordings for the BBC's Sound Archives and the Symbiosis release "AOTEAROA - Nature Sounds of New Zealand". More recently, he recorded John Hackett and pianist Sally Goodworth's album of John's classically-inspired tunes titled "Velvet Afternoon" and designed the covers for both that album, "Checking Out of London" (March 2005), and John's latest solo release: "Prelude to Summer" (2008). Since 2006, Clive has been expanding and remastering the range of Symbiosis recordings available for download world-wide from Symbiosis and filming for a collection of Symbiosis relaxation videos, the first of which is now viewable on YouTube.

Find out more about Clive Williamson: on Wikipedia; interviewed in the Independent; Sound on Sound; and Caduceus Magazine

To contact Clive, e-mail: relax(at)symbiosis-music.com {replacing (at) with @ }

Discography: Tears of the Moon (1988/2001); Song of the Peach Tree Spring (1988/1998); Touching the Clouds (1992/5); Lake of Dreams (1994); Autumn Days (1995/2007); Amber & Jade (1996); AOTEAROA - Nature Sounds of New Zealand (1997); Sea of Light (1999); The Comfort Zone (2002); Dancing in your Dreams (2005); Touching the Clouds - Therapist's Edition (1992/2007); and The Dream of the Emperor's Concubine – by Maloviere & Symbiosis (2008)

Also appeared on: Denise Linn's 'Angels! Angels! Angels!', 'Phoenix Rising', 'Dreams', 'Secrets & Mysteries - the Glory and Pleasure of Being a Woman' and 'Instinctive Feng Shui for Creating Sacred Space'; "Salvador" on the New Age Music Association's release 'Lucid Dreaming' (1992); "Shaving is Boring" on the debut album by the UK group Hatfield and the North (1973); and a number of BBC Audio Productions including: Satellites Français; The Paddington Bear stories; Get by in French and Get by in German.

Clive Williamson on Franz Josef glacier, New Zealand

Clive Williamson on Franz Josef glacier (South Island of New Zealand)

Radio Journalist Interviews for BBC Radio 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, the BBC's World Service and Transcription Recording Unit, Denmark Radio, ABC Australia and Capital Radio (London) include: Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Steve Hackett, Paul Simon, Frank Zappa, Jaco Pastorius, Brian Eno, Robert Fripp, Bill Bruford, Robert Wyatt, Mike Oldfield, Pete Townshend, Kate Bush, Daevid Allen and Steve Hillage (Gong), Viv Stanshall, Ian Dury, Joe Zawinul, Todd Rundgren, Kevin Godley & Lol Creme, John Miles, Julie Felix, Judy Tzuke, guitarist John Williams, poets Linton Kwesi Johnson & John Cooper Clarke, Glen Velez, Adrian Belew, Wendy Carlos, and Bob Moog; Members of: Blondie, The Human League, Roxy Music, Soft Machine (Mike Ratledge), Can (Michael Karoli), Tangerine Dream (Edgar Froese), Brand X (Percy Jones), Magazine, The Gang of Four, XTC, Heaven 17, UK, Scritti Politti (Green), Hatfield and the North (Dave Stewart), Spirit (Ed Cassidy), Van Halen, Blue Oyster Cult and Talking Heads (David Byrne); Artists, Designers and Photographers: Roger Dean, Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell ('Po') of Hipgnosis, Chris Foss, Pennie Smith and Kim Poor; and jazz musicians Freddie Hubbard, Victor Feldman, Bobby Wellins, Pepper Adams, Dick Morrisey and Herbie Mann.

Getting the Most from Your BBC Micro by Clive WilliamsonGetting the Most from Your Acorn Electron by Clive WilliamsonMastering View, Viewsheet & Viewstore by Clive Williamson

Books by Clive Williamson:
Getting the Most from Your BBC Micro (Penguin Books Ltd, 1984) ISBN 0 14 00.7812 6
Getting the Most from Your Acorn Electron (Penguin Books Ltd, 1984) ISBN 0 14 00.7805 3
Mastering View, ViewSheet and ViewStore (Sigma Press, 1987) ISBN 1-85058-051-0

Panorama of Clive in Symbiosis Studio

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