Operating at the intersection of sound art, acoustics and environmental studies, Drever’s practice represents an ongoing inquiry into the affect, perception, design and practice of everyday environmental sound and human utterance. Projects are often derived from extensive fieldwork, such as the exploration of the crowded soundscape of Hong Kong in 'Ochlophonics Hong Kong' (2001-2010). His current project exposes the noise effects of ultra-fast hand dryers on users with sensitive hearing and special auditory needs, such as children, hyperacusis sufferers and the partially sighted.
Fundamentally, much of Drever’s work is collaborative, including projects with Rachel Gomme, Alice Oswald, Alaric Sumner, Tony Thatcher, Tony Whitehead (RSPB), Louise K. Wilson, Suiji Okada and comedian Mark Kelly. He is a member of Blind Ditch and has worked on many projects with poet, Lawrence Upton. Commissions range from the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (1999), Arts Council England (2002 & 2007), WDR Studio Akustische Kunst (2011) to the RSPB (2002). His work has twice been awarded a prize in the annual Musica Nova competition, Prague (1997 & 1998). He has discussed his research on BBC Radio 3’s Here and Now and BBC World Service’s Discovery.
Drever is a Senior Lecturer in Composition at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he leads the Unit for Sound Practice Research. Since 1998, he has been on the board of the World forum for Acoustic Ecology and was a trustee of Sonic Arts Network (2004-8). He has a BMus from University of Bangor, MMus for the University of East Anglia, a PhD from Dartington College of Arts and a Diploma from the Institute of Acoustics.