LJ Rich is best known for presenting on the BBC’s flagship technology show ‘Click’, explaining how music, technology and social trends work, though she’s also gathering notoriety talking about her synaesthesia – a mixing of the senses that gives her both super powers and fatal flaws.
Synesthesia is a neurological condition where the senses are mixed together – for example, seeing colours when hearing music. Even food tastes and textures map to musical keys, and LJ was interviewed in The New York Times about her experiences as a synaesthete and musician.
As a presenter of Click she has met founders, hackers and artists across the globe; from Stevie Wonder to Steve Wozniak and has interviewed some of the world’s most influential people – including former Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Eben Upton of Raspberry Pi and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone.
She has travelled the world to chronicle technology trends – though she’s also no stranger to The Today Programme, Woman’s Hour, the BBC Breakfast sofa and more. In 2015 she was invited to speak at TEDx Tokyo where she talked openly about her synaesthesia, having the rare auditory phenomenon ‘Perfect Pitch’ and explaining its role in her own creative process.
LJ (Laura-Jane) loves to think differently about technology and in the last few years, she’s been wired up to cinema story lines, controlled light and music with her brain, sat in the driver’s seat of an autonomous vehicle, built her own bone-conduction sound transmitting device, fixed her own iPad, co-written a one-night-only sci-fi comedy musical, successfully landed an airship in a simulator, composed binaural sound scapes in real time, performed live in a Tokyo 3D Printing Cafe with a dancing robot, and won a hackathon or two.
In VR she’s ridden skateboards, punched sharks, seen herself from 2 metres away in real time, and ridden a roller coaster in Virtual and Real life at the same time. Prior to working at the BBC, LJ was a sound engineer for Pete Waterman’s studios. She was also the top-selling technology expert on QVC (The Shopping Channel) watching trends unfold from inside the consumer electronics industry.
As a kid, LJ won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music, where she fell in love with their electronic music studio. It was here that she plugged data from planetary orbits into a music sequencer so she could listen to the solar system.
Now LJ creates unique musical experiences for audiences from Harvard to Tokyo, Paris & LA. She also composes non-linear music for art installations for the likes of Disney, Austin’s SXSW festival, the UK’s Bestival and California’s Nocturnal Wonderland.
She has a masters in Music from Christ Church Oxford, and adores science fiction, japanese food and recreational lock-picking.