Peter Toll

Composer / Musician / Wildlife Sound Recordist

Past Projects/ News / Biog

First collection of 47 recordings of wildlife and natural sounds given to the British Library Sound and Vision: Natural Sounds archive for public, scientific and educational purposes. March 2014.

Some of Peter's recordings have been added to the online 'Nature sound map' site, created by WILDAMBIENCE. Have a look & listen here to some wonderful recordings from more than 50 Wildlife recordists from around the world. The site also includes videos and lots of info.

Field recording 'Song Thrush at Dawn' was selected along with 11 other finalists by the judges which included the field recordist Bernie Krause, in The Most Beautiful Sound in the World Competition, which took place online, set up by the web site The final entries then went to public vote. You can listen to the winning entry "Dusk by the Frog Pond" by "Wild Ambience" (Marc Anderson) and the finalists here

Field Recording 'Death-watch Beatle in a living oak tree' was entered in to the 'IARC' 2013 international audio contest CIMES (Concours Internationale du Meilleur Enregistrement Sonore). It came 1st in the 'Sounds From Nature' category for which Peter received a trophy and a cash prize. It also reached 3rd place overall in the whole audio competition.

WSRS (Wildlife Sound Recording Society) 2012 competition, prizes presented in July 2013
Winner of the individual (restricted) class for recording of 'Fox in the Early Hours'.
Three prizes for the recording 'Death Watch Beetle in a living Oak Tree' - Winner of the Species (open) class, Non-avian winner and the coveted Silver Fox Award Trophy for the most outstanding recording submitted to the 2012 competition. Peter also received a cap, t-shirt and a fantastic pair of DPA 4060 microphones generously donated by SOUND NETWORK (, a leading recording equipment distributor and sponsor of the WSRS competition

Contributed a few lines to the Field Recording Special 'An Antidote To Indifference', edited by Cheryl Tipp, Issue 6 of the fanzine by 'Caught by River'. July 2013.

Interviewed for the 'four questions' interview series on Jez riley French 'in place' blog. You can read it here

Field recording album 'movement (holkham)' released on engraved glass lable. August 2012. CD can be ordered here, or downloaded here.
Reviews of the album: The Field Reporter & A Closer Listen.

Two field recording tracks released on the compilation album 'a quite position: Wildeye edition' March 2012, you can still download it here

'Pond Life' field recording released on 'Below The Radar Special Edition ...a Quiet Position: Edition Two'. Originally this was available exclusively to subscribers of The Wire magazine from January 2012 onwards.

Attended a Sonic Retreat Micro-Symposium in Llandegley, Wales September 26th - 1st October 2011.

Created a soundtrack for artist Heather Tamplin for her installation 'Crisis', about the decline of bees in the UK. April 2011.

Attended a 'Wildeye Wildlife Advanced Sound Recording course' led by Chris Watson and Jez riley French in Norfolk 29th May-1st April 2011.

Attended a 'Wildeye Wildlife Sound Recording course' led by Chris Watson and Jez riley French in Norfolk September 2010.

Joined the WSRS (Wildlife Sound Recording Society) in January 2010.

2002 - 2008 Peter (under the name Tolly) was a member of the audio visual group Addictive TV. With Addictive Peter Composed, remixed, mashed up many audio/visual tracks with Graham Daniels for Addictive TV's AV performance sets. including: "Laurel & Hardy", "Italian Boj", "Drum'n Bass Maestro" and " Cidade de Deus (City of God)".

Performed in many venues with Graham, from film festivals, nightclubs, arts festivals, to large music events.

Performances include:

SXSW 2008 Stubb's bar Austin Texas USA (supporting Moby),Glastonbury 2007 (main dance tent), Bestival UK, Roskilde Festival Denmark, Sziget Festival Budapest Hungary, The Supper Club San Francisco USA (supporting Grandmaster Flash), Skol beats Festival Sao Paulo Brazil, T Mobil forum Bonn Germany (with Phats & Small), tour of the middle East, Beck'sperience Bucharest Romania (with Stereo MC's, krakk & smakk and Goldfrapp), Razzmatazz club Barcelona Spain, Cargo London (with Beardy man), Mighty club San Francisco USA, BFI London Imax cinema (Supporting Peter Greenaway) , Club Womb Tokyo Japan, Rex Club Paris, performances on the roof of the National Theatre London, Paalazzo Dei Congressi Rome Italy 2006 (supporting the Chemical Brothers).

Worked on an installation with Graham called "Sportive", Produced in association with both Paris based arts label Talents and the Opera Gallery for the 2008 Adidas "Sport in Art" exhibition in China. First exhibited at the Museum of contemporary Art in Shanghai,. The exhibition, with work by more than 70 artists then toured several cities across China in the run up to the Olympics, including; the Museum of Modern Art in Nanjing, the Luxun Art Academy in Shenyang and the Today Art Museum in Beijing.
Performed AV show outside the Museum of contemporary Art Shanhai, for the opening of the exhibition.

Spent two weeks in Bhutan with Graham, field recording and filming Bhutanese ancient Buddhist dance at a monastery 2007.

Creating official, alternative film trailers for the web with Graham. Some were also included as an extra on the film's dvd release.

These include:

"Fast & Furious" - for Universal Pictures

"Slumdog Millionaire" - for Pathé

"Easy Virtue" - for Pathé

"Tekkonkinkreet" - for Studio 4°C / Aniplex,

"Iron Man" - for Paramount Pictures,

"Shoot'Em Up" - for New Line Cinema

"Snakes on a plane" - for New Line Cinema

"Take the lead" - for New Line Cinema

2003 - 2004) Co-wrote the music with Alejandro De Valera (fretless bass guitarist) and performed for Addictive TV's live
cinema show

"The Eye of The Pilot".

Performances include:

Pompidou Centre, Paris, France, 2004
Nemo Festival, Forum des Images, Paris, France, 2005
Optronica, National Theatre, London, (open air event) 2005
C/O Pop Festival, Museum of Applied Arts, Cologne, Germany 2006
50th Cork International Film Festival, Cork, Ireland, 2006
San Francisco International Film Festival, USA, 2006
SIGGRAPH, Boston, USA 2006
Design Innovation Awards, Moscow, Russia 2007
AVmotional, Bucharest, Romania, 2007
European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück, Germany, 2007

2002) Joined Additive TV, composed track "Three Thirty" for "Mixmasters" series on ITV1, later published on DVD (Addictive TV). In 2007 the track was remixed for the artist Coppe'. Released on her album "fi-lamente" (sweet rice).

2001) Composed "One Thing" with visuals by Paul Hithersay for the "Mixmasters" series by Addictive TV for ITV1. Later published on DVD "Mixmasters Episode Two" (Moonshine).

Composed ident for Wella Shockwaves sponsorship for the Dance Tent at V2000 Festival.

Shockwaves idents for "The Priory" TV show on Channel 4.

2000) Composed three tracks, "Close to the edge", "Exploration" & "Orbit" for Addictive TV's "Spaced Out" series with visuals by Paul Hithersay. Originally commissioned by SCI-FI Europe and published on DVD (Moonshine).

Between 1999-2000 Worked as a sound engineer in my studio clients included Anglia TV and Anglia Multimedia, recording/editing voice-overs etc

1999) Composed "Trance of a lifetime" for the series "Transambient" made by Addictive TV, Visuals by Paul Hithersay and Graham Daniels. First shown on Channel 4 UK & SBS Australia, later published on DVD (Moonshine) & CD (truelove).

1991 Passed audition as a puppeteer for ITV's satirical TV show "Spitting Image".

From 1987 Started to compose music professionally for theatre Companies including: NPT, Tin Drum Theatre, Garlic Theatre and Banyan Theatre.

1984 - 1994 Worked as Performer/ Puppeteer for several theatre companies, touring schools and theatres including: The Lyric Theatre Hammersmith London, Almeida Theatre London, and performing with The Feinstein Quartet at the Purcell Room South Bank London.

1984 Years foundation course at the "Hub Theatre School" Cornwall

1977 - 1983 Studied at Dartington, Devon. UK