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 2018/19 are:

Emma Smith

Emma Smith is a professional double bass player and producer. An advocate for gender balance in the arts, she curates the acclaimed Bitches Brew showcase of outstanding female improvisers, which she founded in 2015. In her capacity as a musician Emma is an active collaborator. Having worked with folk musicians from Chile, Syria, England, Scotland and China, and studying latin rhythm, jazz harmony, extended classical technique and electronic manipulation, Emma is currently exploring the use and composition of music for immersive performance. She runs the band Kikazaru, which uses free improvisation as a backdrop for original and found music, and whose performances have been compared to the late night jazz scene of 1960s New York. Classically trained at RCM, Emma is an active freelancer comfortable in many musical environments and has toured the UK and Europe extensively. From 2003 - 2010 she was part of the Gorillaz, appearing on their Demon Days album and performing on the 2010 Plastic Beach World Tour, which included headlining Glastonbury, playing Madison Square Gardens and performances in Beirut and Damascus. 

Since 2014 Emma has been involved with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra's Connect programme on their SCO Vibe project, working with hard-to-reach teenagers in a massed band setting, and since 2016 has been part of Musicians without Borders, a global organisation training musicians in post-conflict areas to build empathy, connect communities, and heal the wounds of war. 

In January 2018 Emma co-founded Amuse Bouche with World Music performer and lecturer Phil Alexander (Moishe’s Bagel). This event features guest musicians from diverse cultures resident in Scotland, alongside short documentaries from the field of ethnomusicology. The inaugural event presented Adnan Shamdin and Raman Kanaan, refugee musicians from Kurdish Syria now based in Glasgow. 


Kathy Hinde

Kathy Hinde’s work grows from a partnership between nature and technology expressed through audio-visual installations and performances that combine sound, sculpture, image and light. 

Drawing on inspiration from behaviours and phenomena found in the natural world, she creates work that that evolves, and can be different each time it is experienced. Kathy frequently works in collaboration with other practitioners and scientists. She has created light and sound installations in public spaces, including night time walks through forests.

Kathy has shown work across Europe, Scandinavia, China, Pakistan, USA, Colombia, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand. She became a Cryptic Associate Artist in 2015. Recent achievements include an Honorary Mention at Prix Ars Electronica, runner up for PIARS Sonic Arts Award, longlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize, an ORAM Award and a British Composer Award in Sonic Art.


Eleanor Hooper

Eleanor Hooper uses voice, sculpture, drawing and the body to create her work. She is co-artistic director of Pif-Paf - a leading performance and arts company that presents work outdoors and in unconventional spaces. For over 15 years she has devised, created, produced and performed live work across the U.K for small intimate audiences to big spectacles of 3000. Her work is playful and interactive either in the performance or installation and/or through co-creation within a community setting. At the core of this work is the collaboration she has with musicians to compose original sound scores ranging through experimental, atmospheric, ballad and musical theatre. 


Sam Underwood

Sam Underwood is a musician and musical instrument designer. His work in musical instrument design focusses on the development of new musical instruments, creating fresh interfaces with sound for both performer and audience. His installation work has appeared as part of major exhibitions throughout the UK and his instruments are played across the world by musicians and composers who have commissioned designs. He also performs live electronic music – mainly on acoustic instruments – and drone, doom music on tuba.


DIM Productions - Rain Garden

Harriet Wallis and Esther Tew   The Landings Project

DIM Productions create installations in heavily weathered landscapes and waterscapes that occur throughout the day and night. Using sound, light and sculpture, they create site responsive installations which draw audiences into these landscapes facilitating space for play and conversation.

Audiences and much of the outdoor arts world are taught to be fearful of the weather. It disrupts the program and Harriet and Esther feel that this could be seen as an indication of our cultural disconnection to our environment. DIM want to challenge this relationship and create an experience that embraces and responds to the unpredictability of the British weather!


Past BOOM artists/producers were:

Emily Jones

Rie Nakajima

Nicholas O’Brien

Steve Urquhart

Breathing Space

Iain Chambers 

Sarah Nicolls

Tim Hill

Mike Blow

Errollyn Wallen

Kate Halsall

Kate Romano


Boom is supported by PRS Foundation's The Open Fund


Images: Celestial Sound Cloud by Eleanor Hooper (thumbnail); Bitches Brew/Emma Smith (banner); (images at bottom of page, left to right) Sam Underwood; Cranes by Kathy Hinde (photo credit: Kathy Hinde); Emma Smith; work by Esther Tew; DIM (Harriet Wallis & Esther Tew); Kathy Hinde (photo credit: Jana Chiellino); Eleanor Hooper.