Nathaniel Robin Mann is a “troubled folk” singer, songwriter and sound designer specialising in ambisonic recording techniques. Although still perhaps best known as one third of avant-folk explorers Dead Rat Orchestra, he has been writing and performing as a solo artist for several years in the guise of animateddog. His work draws inspiration from the European and American folk traditions and his shows are as likely to feature the stark a capella rendition of a Child ballad as the happy hewing of a log to the beat of a Spanish work song.

Nathaniel Mann spent 20 months as composer-in-residence at Oxford Contemporary Music and the Pitt Rivers Museum, where he developed projects inspired by the collection, including Pigeon Whistles and Rough Music. Pigeon Whistles was included as part of OCM’s Audible Forces tour in 2013 and won the George Butterworth Prize for composition in 2014.

“Chopping tuned cleavers into wood blocks, fashioning a collection of dried fruits into buzzing instruments, and abseiling down pitch-black cliff faces to record the sounds of a guga hunting community. Nathaniel Robin Mann is a spectacularly creative and diverse musician and artist.” – Reel 2 Real