Jayne Dent is an interdisciplinary artist, musician and composer based in Newcastle upon Tyne (UK), with a practice centered around improvisation, collaboration, electronic composition, digital collage and print. She regularly performs and releases music as Me Lost Me and occasionally as a member of various bands, music collectives and one-off collaborations. Her work has been exhibited and performed across the UK and Europe, gaining recent attention for her audio-visual web-based works. Dent also leads community music and art workshops and is a host of regular open mic nights and a monthly show on CAMPFR radio.

The work is often driven by a desire to explore the concept of 'future folk' in an expansive sense across artistic discipline and platform, by not just incorporating storytelling and aesthetic motifs associated with 'folk', but by exploring the forums in which people tell their stories and modern myths today, and the resources and tools that are at hand. It is often playful; exploring expressive, community focused experiences that defy genre and situational norms. We are rooted in our folk histories and reaching out into digital darkness.

"One heck of a potent brew" - Electronic Sound Magazine (Me Lost Me - The Good Noise)


Selected works and events include:

Commissions

Original Composition for Media
People are Scared: Short Film Soundtrack - commissioned by Rosa Postelthwaite, New Creatives (2020)
New Narratives for the North East: Podcast Music and Sound Design - Commissioned by New Writing North (2020)

Performance Work
Power of Three Times Three: Live at Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne - Commissioned by Flim Nite (2019)
Strange Charm: Live at Ernest, Newcastle upon Tyne - Commissioned by Cosmology Night (2018)
What She Knew: Live at TESTT Space, Durham - Commissioned by Papaya Press (2017)

Audio Work
A Street Through Time: Online Archive and Festival - Commissioned by VODA, North Shields Heritage Action Zone (2021)
Augmented Reality: Online Audio Work - Commissioned by Monkfish Productions (2021)

Residencies

Ongoing
Sage Gateshead Artist in Residence
CAMP FR Radio host

Past
Sage Summer Studios, Gateshead (2020)
Rubbr Instagram Residency, Online (2020)
Godsbanen, Aarhus, DK (2017)
Galleri Andromeda, Gellerup, DK (2017)
AIR Antwerpen, Antwerp, BE (2016)

Releases

Me Lost Me Discography
The Good Noise: Tallbird Records/Self Release (Vinyl, CD, Digital)
The Lay of the Land: Self Release (Digital)
Arcana: Self Release (Vinyl, CD, Digital)
Demo/n EP: Self Release (CD, Digital)

Remixes
"Wedding Wish" by Deep Cabaret (Digital)
"Dust" by Faithful Johannes (Digital)
"Morning Come, Maria's Gone" by Burd Ellen (Cassette Tape, Digital)
Grey Tapes Remixed: "Shiny" by Grey Tapes (Digital)

Featured Artist/Collaborator
West Babylon: "Spirit Compass" by AKO, Kaneda Records (VHS Cassette Tape, Digital)
Power of Rocks: "Ten Times, Ashley's New Haircut, Power of Rocks" by Buffet Lunch, Upset the Rhythm

Compilations
Future Folk: released by The Slow Music Movement (Digital)
Rememberance Species 2020: Compiled by Bell Lungs and Laura Luna Castillo (Digital)
Community: released by Divine Schism (Digital)
Fossilised Air Bubbles, Popped: released by CAMP Editions (Digital)
No Synth Noise: released by Histamine Tapes (Digital)

Exhibitions

2021
Walking Festival of Sound (audio piece, micro-commission), Edinburgh, Krakow, Online

2020
The Walled Garden (online exhibition), Newcastle University MA Degree Show, Online
Shifting Sands (audio/light installation, live performance), Scarborough Market Vaults, Scarborough

2019
The Late Shows (audio/light installation), Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne

2018
I Heard You Say (listening programme), Forderverein Aktuelle Kunst, Munster (DE)
Performance Venture Evening (live performance), Humber Street Gallery, Hull
What These Lungs Are For (event coordinator/live performance/print installation/workshop leader), Ground, Hull
EC1 24H Copenhagen 2018 (live performance), Lokale, Copenhagen (DK)

2017
Urban Substitution (live performance), Ceresbyen1a, European Capital of Culture 2017, Aarhus (DK)
Newcastle University Degree Show (installation/durational live performance), Great North Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne and Hoxton Arches, London
Children of Tomorrow (audio/print installation), Galleri Andromeda, Gellerup (DK)

2016
A hand in wet concrete, a foot in the sea, and all things between are between you and me (audio/sculptural installation), AIR Antwerpen, Antwerp (BE)
Klumpglomorate (live performance/zines), Art Weekend Aarhus (DK)
Things Taking up Space (live performance), Splab at DJK, Aarhus (DK)
LOOPS (video installation), SpLab at DJK, Aarhus (DK)

Session Musician and Performance Work

Performed Works

"And Everything Far Off Becomes Our Home" by Ciara Lenihan and Aloe Corry, Baltic 39, Newcastle upon Tyne
"The North Sea Project" with Ditte Elly, The Sage, Gateshead
"Great Exhibition of the North" performance, guest improviser with Drone Ensemble, Boiler Room, Newcastle upon Tyne
"Bodyssey Odyssey" with Noize Choir, Baltic 39, Newcastle upon Tyne
"Simulacrum" with Noize Choir, commissioned by Dawn Felicia Knox, Hadrian's Wall, Walltown Quarry
"The Lemon" by Charlotte Valletta, Newcastle University Fine Art Degree Show, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne
"If the edge of the world really is an abyss" by Ditte Goard, Newcastle University Fine Art Degree Show, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne
"Hunky Bluff" by Lina Lapelyte, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead

Recorded Works

"A Place to Fall to Pieces", Witches chorus in 'Winter Hill' by Isobel and Anna Hughes, self release
"I do too", backing vocals, by Headclouds, self release
"The Endeavour" with Noize Choir by Mikhail Karikis, Tyneside Cinema

Education

(2018 - 2020) Creative Arts Practice (MA), Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne (UK)‚Äč
(2013 - 2017) Fine Art (BA) Hons, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne (UK)
(2016) Erasmus exchange programme, Det Jyske Kunstakademi, Aarhus (DK)
(2012 - 2013) Foundation in Art and Design, Chesterfield College, Chesterfield (UK)

Short Courses attended include:
"Ableton Live - Introduction to Mixing" lead by Equalize Production (2021)
"Words, Non-words and Music" lead by Julia Holter (2020)
"Electronic Music Composition" lead by Laurel Halo (2019)