Biography

Short Bio: (100 words)

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 music has been programmed at both national and international conferences and festivals, including the Test Tone Series at Superdeluxe, Tokyo and the International Computer Music Conference. Sam most recently completed a Masters in Composition at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Long Bio: (394 words)

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 will start his PhD in September under the supervision of Dr Julio d’Escriván. Prior to this, Sam completed a Masters in Music (Composition) at Goldsmiths, University of London under the supervision of Dr Patricia Alessandrini. He has also attended the 2015 Composit Festival summer course, where he studied with Pierluigi Billone and Joshua Fineberg. Prior to these studies, Sam completed a Bachelor of Arts with a focus on literature, theatre and film making, before formally beginning his study of music at WAAPA in 2008, under the tutelage of Dr Lindsay Vickery and Dr Cat Hope. In 2012, he competed an Honours degree in Composition at WAAPA, achieving first class honours.

Aside from solo performance, Sam also performs in a number of collaborative projects, including the piano/laptop duo ‘Cycle~ 440’ who have released six albums thus far and received the 2013 West Australian Music Award for Experimental Song of the Year. From 2013-2014 Sam was the artistic director of the West Australian Laptop Orchestra.

In addition to his musical pursuits, Sam is also active as a music journalist and academic, having presented papers at several music conferences and writing for various music journals including Limelight Magazine, Realtime Magazine and Cyclic Defrost. From 2011-2014 Sam curated the monthly new music series Noizemaschin!! and co-hosted the Difficult Listening program on Perth’s RTRFM 92.1.