Katharine Norman is an internationally recognized composer of work for instruments and digital resources, often inspired by people’s experience of place and landscape. Computer programming often forms an essential part of her creative work involving live audio and visual processing. She has also published extensively on soundscape and place.
Recent performance works exploring interactive image, text and sound include Making Place, commissioned by pianist Kate Halsall, A walk I do, for Carla Rees; and Paul’s Walk, for Paul Roe. Fuga Interna (begin), for piano and digital sound is based on her experience of her mother’s Alzheimer’s, and has been performed widely, in particular by Xenia Pestova.
Her publications on sound and art are often literary or experimental in nature, and include Sounding Art, an unconventional monograph (Ashgate/Routledge) and a number of book chapters and essays. As a creative writer, her digital fiction and non-fiction have featured in various festivals, publications and conferences. Window (for John Cage), an interactive ‘sound-essay’, won the 2012 New Media Writing Prize.
Katharine Norman received her PhD in composition from Princeton, and for some time worked in academia, where she ran the Electronic Music Studios at Goldsmiths College, London, and later headed the studios at City University London, before deciding to find other strategies for continuing as a composer and writer. For the past 10 years she has worked primarily in academic and reference publishing. In 2020 she moved to live on an island off the West Coast of BC, Canada.