Boom is OCM's annual professional development scheme for music / sound practitioners and producers.

BOOM offers support for practitioners and producers who are interested in creating and presenting inspiring contemporary music or sound based work outside of the concert hall and gallery (i.e. in unconventional spaces and outdoors), in order to reach large and diverse audiences. This includes performance, digital practice and installation work.

Boom residencies for 2017 are:

Emily Jones | Producer

Emily Jones is a producer and arts manager with eight years’ experience in live music covering classical, jazz, world, electronica and avant-garde. Since graduating with a first class degree in Music from the University of Birmingham in 2008, Emily has developed a strong interest in presenting music outside of the concert hall, as well as commissioning, talent development, and multi-disciplinary work. She currently programmes and produces for one of the UK’s largest and most forward-thinking jazz festivals, as Festival Manager for Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Emily has also recently been made Chair of the Jazz Promotion Network, congratulations Emily!

Read Emily's Blog about BOOM

Rie Nakajima | Maker

Rie Nakajima is a Japanese artist working with installations and performances that produce sound. Her works are most often composed in direct response to unique architectural spaces using a combination of kinetic devices and found objects. She has exhibited and performed widely both in the UK and overseas and has produced ‘Sculpture’ with David Toop since 2013. With Keiko Yamamoto she has a music project 'O YAMA O’ which explores music with no genre. She is from Yokohama and currently based in London.

Nicholas O’Brien | Musician, composer, producer and sound engineer
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Nicholas O’Brien is a tri-lingual sound engineer and multi-instrumentalist musician. With a 1st Class Degree in Audio Production, he has experience recording everywhere from world-class studios to intimate venues to documentary locations, and is also a skilled sound designer for music, film and radio. He is founder of duo Bambino Dell’Oro and co-founder of the Tandem Music Festival.

Steve Urquhart | Radio producer and composer

Steve is a freelance radio producer / documentary maker, sound artist and composer. He has been producing radio for more than twenty years – creating features and podcasts for BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 3, BBC World Service, KCRW’s Unfictional, ABC's Radiotonic / Soundproof, and In The Dark, among others. He has won several awards for his work with National Prison Radio, and he continues to specialise in community projects with a wide range of vulnerable and hard-to-reach people. As a composer and sound artist, he has created audio installations for exhibitions at the Science Museum and the Foundling Museum

Listen to Steve's latest BBC Radio 4 Broadcast Music to Strip To

The 2016 BOOM artists/producers were:

Breathing Space

Iain Chambers 

Sarah Nicolls

Tim Hill


OCM gratefully acknowledges support from PRS for Music Foundation's Open Fund for Boom.