DAVID HOPEWELL                      The altering ear

Environmental recording and Improvisation

I am a musician and sound artist, living in Bethesda, North Wales, with particular interests in improvisation, environmental recordings and live performance.

My sound and multimedia works have featured in exhibitions at Oriel Mon, The Royal Cambrian Academy and Gŵyl Afon Ogwen.

I have been involved with live music improvisation in north Wales since the 1980s, initially with radical noise-makers FUN and in more recent years as a solo artist, member of KOOSH, Hypnogog and collaborator with writer Kathy Hopewell.


I have played in a variety of bands over the years including Burnham Burnham, Cut Tunes and Songlines.  I currently play with The Cane Toads, The Rice Hooligan Orchestra, Hypnogog and Hopewell Ink.


When not wandering around the countyside with recording devices or making loud noises with guitars I can be found being an archaeologist at Gwynedd Archaeological Trust. I am the author of Roman Roads in North-West Wales and quite a few academic papers.  The study of ancient landscapes has definitely inflenced my environment-based musical activities.