Chris Watson was a founding member of two influential experimental music groups, Cabaret Voltaire and The Hafler Trio.
He has released three solo albums, Outside the Circle of Fire, 1998, Stepping into the Dark, 1996 and Weather Report, 2003. He has also released a variety of works in collaboration with other artists such as the Swedish sound artist BJ Nilsen, z’ev and KK Null.
His sound recording career began in 1981 when he joined Tyne Tees Television. His television work includes Bill Odie in the USA andSpringwatch. Watson has also worked on numerous BBC nature documentaries with David Attenborough, including The Life of Birds for which he won a BAFTA Award for Best Factual Sound, 1998.
In 2006 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Technology degree by the University of West England “in recognition of his outstanding contribution to sound recording technology, especially in the field of natural history and documentary location sound”.
In 2010 he devised an art project at Liverpool’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, using sound recordings made by children to calm other young patients as they received injections and other treatments.