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David Cunningham (born 20 December 1954) is a composer and music producer from Northern Ireland.[1]

David Cunningham
Born20 December 1954
Occupationcomposer, music producer
Known forThe Flying Lizards
Notable work
  • The Listening Room
  • A Piano In a Gallery[1]

Cunningham was born in Armagh on 20 December 1954.[1] Between 1973 and 1977 he attended Maidstone College of Art, in Maidstone in Kent. In 1976 he released Grey Scale, an own-label LP of pieces in minimalist idiom.[1]

From about 1993, drawing on the sonic experiments of Alvin Lucier and the work of Stuart Marshall, Cunningham started to make installations in which sounds within an architectural space were picked up by a microphone and then fed back into the space; the presence of an audience altered both the shape of the space and the sounds within it. A work of this type, The Listening Room, was installed in the Queen's Powder Magazine on Goat Island in Sydney Harbour during the Sydney Biennale of 1998.[1][2]


The Flying LizardsEdit

Production workEdit


  • Grey Scale (piano 001, 1976)
  • Zina - film soundtrack (Filmtrax MOMENT 103,1986)
  • Terminus - film soundtrack (Carrere – 66416, 1987)
  • Voiceworks (eva WWCX 2041, 1992, re-released as piano 505)
  • Water (MTM, 1992)
  • ext.night (piano 507, 1997)
  • Novembre (Editions Circuit, 2008)


  1. ^ a b c d e David Toop (2008). Cunningham, David. Grove Music Online. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Accessed June 2018. doi:10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.2061636 (subscription required).
  2. ^ The Listening Room, Biennale of Sydney. UAL Research Online. London: University of the Arts London. Accessed June 2018.
  3. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2003) "Flying Lizards", in The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0
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