There is a folk-like charm to Treacher’s floating sung melodies,
which form and dissipate like passing thoughts...
They are part of a sound world gleaned from an elemental instrumental palette, sonic gestures that combine in more sculptural form than temporal. A captivating cocktail of sensations.
// The Scotsman
Based between the UK and the moon, Lucie Treacher is a 24 year old sound artist/composer and performer. Her work is charaterised by vivid and highly textural sound worlds that are playfully woven into her multi-disciplinary work, which merges theatre, performance, film and community arts. Being raised by the sea in the Scottish Highlands means that landscape and natural forms inspire a lot of her creative projects. She is particularly interested in exploring the intersection and dependency between sound, space and humanity.
As a sound artist Lucie has been involved in a spectrum of projects, taking her from experimental, improvisatory realms to electronic music and to opera. She has worked with orchestras such as the Chroma ensemble ('Moonlight'), Multi-Story Orchestra ('Snow') and the City of London Sinfonia ('Washing Machine Concerto'). These projects have involved collaborations with writers such as Joanne Harris (author of Chocolat) with whom Lucie created two pop up operas for the Tete a Tete festival, Kings Cross. Lucie has created work for the Southbank Centre, Kings Place, Timespan, the Lillie Gallery, the Saatchi gallery, Cadogan Hall, St Martin’s in the fields and Buckingham Palace as well as for bathrooms, subterranean caves, ice houses and on beaches. Lucie is one of Sound and Music's Composer-Curators for 2019/2020.
Lucie has more recently begun making music for film and animation. She contributed music to the new Netflix film Outlaw King and has worked with Indian composer A R Rahman. Lucie also writes songs: she collects them like stones on a beach, each with their own character and formation. Lucie also plays lots of instruments from the unique Swedish nyckelharpa to Balinese Gamelan and musical saw and has collaborated as an instrumentalist with artists from the Lydian Collective to Sarathy Kowar. She stitches these unique sounds into her own compositions.
Lucie studied as a teenager at the Purcell School of Music where she was taught by Harris Kittos of the Royal College of Music and composer Joseph Phibbs. She did her degree in Ethnomusicology at SOAS and has also trained in tightrope walking at the National Centre for Circus Arts. Her work is informed by the cross-cultural exchanges and traditions that she has researched and learnt about in her degree, and she has collaborated closely with artists, dancers and musicians from across the world. One of her collaborations ‘Kaleidoscope’ involved creating a film and a piece of music written for Balinese gamelan with Indonesian dance.
As an actor and performer Lucie has been involved in a number of immersive theatrical experiences from acting as a kooky fortune teller for a pop-up show at Glastonbury to working for the enigmatic Secret Cinema. In 2018 Lucie acted in NeverLand, an immersive production by the Guild of Misrule (creators of The Great Gatsby), which ran for the whole of the Vaults festival 2018 in London and in a puppet show at Norwich Puppet Theatre called 'Factory of Broken Dreams' by Hocus Pocus Theatre. Lucie also runs the International Archive of Dreams, an archive and museum which invites people to record and document their dreams and learn about dreaming as well as using this bank of dreams to create sublimely ridiculous theatre narratives.