Studies For Laptop (2011​-​2014)

by Sam Gillies

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For three years I was involved with the Noizemaschin!! concert series, a monthly event of noise making that pulled eight artists on stage to create and experiment in front of an audience without the pressure and expectation of a more conventional 'club' gig. It was during this time that I started developing my own approach to laptop performance, often relying on improvisation to navigate my way through different processing structures, allowing the electronics themselves to help inform the music.

While my approach to more 'composed' music is often highly controlled, laptop performance has been an outlet for me to concentrate on creating in the moment. The pressures of live performance are completely different to that of the studio, and so during my time with Noizemaschin!! I was interested in exploring how my improvised laptop performances would develop in this live setting. Many of these experiments, by myself and others, have been documented thoroughly through three years of audio recordings over at the Noizemaschin!! bandcamp page and are available for free download now.

Studies for Laptop (2011-2014) is an edited collection of works realised during this time, musical studies for live laptop performance that were created in the moment as a reaction to the electronic environment. These are, in every sense of the word, studies. But they are also pieces that I feel comfortable sharing as a representation of what performing live is to my music, and as a document of how I have arrived to my practice today.


released January 14, 2015



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Sam Gillies Perth, Australia

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. ... more

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