James Bulley (b.1984) is an artist and composer whose work focuses upon exploring sound composition through site-specific installation, sculpture and systems art.
He has shown and performed at venues including the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Barbican, the Natural History Museum and the Fine Art Society. His work has been featured by the BBC, ITV, the Quietus, the Daily Telegraph, the Financial Times and the Guardian.
His ongoing Tactus project, an exploration into the creation of a direct artform for the blind and visually impaired, translates written language into tactile sound scores and received an award for its conception from the Leverhulme foundation in 2009. In 2011 the multi-room installation work this is where we got to when we came in at the Bush Theatre (created in collaboration with Non Zero One) won the Off West End Award for Best Entertainment. In 2012, and it all comes down to this a sonographic landscape installation created in collaboration with artist David Shearing, was awarded the gold medal for Installation Design at World Stage Design 2012. In 2013, as part of a long term partnership with the systems artist Daniel Jones as Jones/Bulley, he was nominated for British Composer of the Year and has since been touring the acclaimed forest-based installation piece Living Symphonies with Jones, commissioned by Sound and Music, the Forestry Commission and Arts Council England.
As a curator, he co-curated the Oramics to Electronica exhibition at the Science Museum in 2010, the result of his continuing work research into the work of Daphne Oram. In 2011 he co-curated the Sho-Zyg sound showcase, a week long exhibition and events programme featuring work from over fifty artists working with sound, including exhibition rooms exploring the work of Daphne Oram, Lawrence Upton and Hugh Davies. In 2012, he curated Sound Arts at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. In 2014 he curated Sound and the City at the Natural History Museum, London and directed the Sound Art Curating Conference at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Bulley holds a BMus and Masters in music composition from Goldsmiths, University of London, where he is now a doctoral researcher in Fine Art and Music studying under Professor John Drever and Professor Janis Jefferies. At Goldsmiths, he is the graduate representative for the Unit for Sound Practice Research. He is also a member of the New Radiophonic Workshop under Matthew Herbert.