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CLIP are delighted to have won the Sound of The Year award for ‘Best Imagined Sound’, and be Highly Commended for Best Innovation in Sound Technology for our Photon Smasher microphone.

From the everyday sounds that encapsulate the events of the past twelve months to the year’s most innovative and creative sound technology, the Sound of the Year Awards celebrates sound in all its forms and from all corners of the world. Judged by a panel of leading lights from the international sound community, the winner of each category will receive a pair of basicUcho microphones – a set of phantom-powered, high-quality omnidirectional electret microphones courtesy of LOM.

Category partners this year include The British Library, Natural History Museum, Quiet Mark, Accidental, the Southbank Centre’s National Poetry Library, Sound On Sound, and UK Hearing Conservation Association.

On Thursday 11th May, CLIP co-founders Frazer and Simon and CLIP member Rainbow headed down to the British Library for the Sound of the Year awards ceremony and were completely overjoyed when CLIP were announced as winners. Young CLIP member Rainbow was with us and gave an excellent reading of her poem that formed part of our entry. Go Rainbow!

Our submission was part of an ideas based sound workshop for young people aged 12-14. We asked the young people to think about fantastic and imaginary sounds or “a sound that does not exist”. Sounds that exist in your imagination rather than sound heard through your ears. They used words, sketches and poetry to express and explore these ideas of sound.

CLIP were also delighted to have been shortlisted, and ultimately Highly Commended, in the ‘Best Innovation in Sound Technology’ award for our Photon Smasher microphone.

The Photon Smasher is our microphone for listening to light, uncovering an electromagnetic soundscape hidden in plain sight, turning everyday illuminations into melodies, rhythms and textures.