NOVA  formula

eco-social films, soundworks and light-scapes










  1. RURAL SUSTAINABLE DRAINAGE                            [2 eco-social documentary films; 2015-16]

  2. presenting the story of people, water, nature, ecology and eco-innovation

The Stroud Rural SuDs Project is an innovative Natural Flood Management project working to reduce flood risk and restore biodiversity throughout the catchment of the River Frome

The project works with local community flood groups, land owners, farmers and partner organisations to implement a range of measures that will reduce flood risk but also improve water quality and enhance the biodiversity of the streams, brooks and the wider River Frome catchment.

Commissioned by Stroud District Council & the Countryside and Community Research Institute, University of Gloucestershire

Produced by Antony Lyons (NOVA), with Rough Glory Films

"To create a river catchment where water management is fully integrated into land management practices. Where public bodies, private companies and local communities work together to manage water within the landscape, creating valuable habitat for wildlife and people, and limiting flood risk downstream"

Link to main film

Link to technical film
















  1. WATER + COMMUNITY + LAND + ECOLOGY          [eco-social documentary film; 2017]

  2. 'Wild Works' a film for the WILD (Water & Integrated Local Delivery Project)

The WILD Project has brought local communities and landowners together in understanding and getting  involved in the management of local water courses. With local community input it also devised and delivered a plan of enhancements over a three year period. The project was actively supported by Natural England and the Environment Agency, and is part of a wider programme of implementing the catchment-based approach.

The project is called WILD for short which stands for Water and Integrated Local Delivery. It's a collaborative project including the Gloucestershire Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG), Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI), Cotswold Water Park Trust (CWPT) and Gloucestershire Rural Community Council (GRCC) and is funded by the Environment Agency (EA)

Produced by Antony Lyons (NOVA)

Context: The key driver in this is the government’s responsibility to meet its commitments under the Water Framework Directive (WFD). Under WFD legislation UK rivers and streams are assessed according to how close they are to a natural state on a number of parameters: Hydrology ;Ecology ;Chemistry (pollution)

















  1. LAYERS OF TIME + SOUND                            [in development]

  2. deep-time ecologies/ sonic maps/walks/ installation/ live improvised music

A creative project exploring themes of ‘nature+culture - to be primarily sited at Underfall Yard, a prominent historic hub in the Floating Harbour zone of the city.

Creative atmospheric sound-works can help us develop new ways-of-knowing, founded on both rational and emotional connections to place and natural processes. An imaginative window into the layers of the past will be used as a lens to engage with activities of the present and visions for the future of this water landscape.

Using participatory sound-capturing methods to reveal some deeper layers of place and underlying ecological narratives.

Installation work at Underfall Yard, plus participatory sound-based workshops, hosted by the MS Balmoral

The project will culminate in a live public performance event with the Bristol musicians.

The creative material will also be placed online.

Context: Bristol was built on a ridge of high ground amid the marshlands that were the floodplains of the Rivers Frome and Avon. Before the Floating Harbour was developed just over 200 years ago, the western periphery of the city was still a tidally-dominated marshland. This ecosystem-type is the underlying ‘natural’ ecological state - reflected in many of the local place-names (e.g. Canons Marsh, St Augustine's Marsh, Marsh St, and the former ‘Town Marsh’). Developing understanding of these deeper ecological realities is not just important as part of the heritage narrative, but potentially central to city as a whole, as it embraces ideas of resilient adaptation and ‘the biophilic city of the future’.

Connected image slideshow


  1. SU(B)  -   SOUNDS UNLIKELY (BRISTOL)        [ in development]

  2. urban sound/media-scapes; sonic maps/walks; data sonification sculptures, experimental assemblages, voices, stories

manifestations (2018/9)

in-situ: geocache soundscape mixes; amplified in-situ sounds with added voice etc

on-line: audiovisual works

on-stage: live theatrical/scenographic events



  1. EXPOSURE         [ in development]

  2. landscape | movement |  light-scape | sound-scape

Imagine moving through the city by night

The light-scape to which you are exposed is instantly translated into a personal sound-scape.

There is a swapping of senses.

Follow the light. Stand still. Close your eyes.

The ever-changing environment still washes over you as a sonic experience.

Light is refracted into sound.


Translating light to sound, enabling new readings of place, new ways of perceiving, and a re-enchanted experience of transiting and inhabiting a city/space

A hybrid aesthetic, straddling the archaeological and the contemporary

Revitalising the ‘photophone’ vision of Alexander Graham Bell

Presenting a poetic essence of the visual world, via sound





" I have heard a ray of the sun laugh and cough and sing !

...I have been able to hear a shadow and I have even perceived by ear the passage of a cloud across the sun's disk."

Alexander Graham Bell