Scott Smallwood

Professor, Music, University of Alberta

Scott Smallwood is a sound artist, composer, and performer who creates works inspired by discovered textures and forms, through a practice of listening, field recording, and improvisation. In addition to composing works for ensembles and electronics, he designs experimental instruments and software, as well as sound installations and audio games, often for site-specific scenarios.  Much of his recent work is often concerned with the soundscapes of climate change, and the dichotomy between ecstatic and luxuriating states of noise and the precious commodity of natural acoustical environments and quiet spaces. He frequently collaborates with artists in other media, and he performs as one-half of the laptop/electronic duo Evidence (with Stephan Moore), as well as several other groups. He teaches as a professor of composition at the University of Alberta, where he also serves as the director of the Sound Studies Institute.