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Sam Gillies is a composer and sound artist with an interest in the function of noise as both a musical and communicative code in music and art. His work treads the line between the musically beautiful and ugly, embracing live performance, multimedia and installation art forms to create alternating sound worlds of extreme fragility and overwhelming density.
Sam’s chamber music has been commissioned by [Switch~ Ensemble], USA; the Vocal Constructivists, UK; the New Music Ensemble, UK; TURA New Music, AUS; and Decibel New Music, AUS; and he frequently performs live as an electronic artist, having toured in Australia, Japan, Europe and the United Kingdom. Sam’s work has been programmed for numerous international festivals, including the Dark Music Days Festival, Iceland; The Toronto Deep Wireless Festival of Radio Art, Canada; the Totally Huge New Music Festival, Perth; Stoke Newington Contemporary Music Festival, UK; and the International Computer Music Conference, Perth (2013), Greece (2014), and USA (2015).
In 2016 Sam was awarded the Liz Rhodes Scholarship in Musical Multimedia from the University of Huddersfield, where he is studying his PhD in September under the supervision of Dr Julio d’Escriván, exploring the creative potential of 360° audio visual work.