Scott Smallwood

Associate 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. He designs experimental electronic instruments and software, as well as sound installations and site-specific performance scenarios. He performs as one-half of the laptop/electronic duo Evidence (with Stephan Moore) and has performed with Seth Cluett, Curtis Bahn, Mark Dresser, Cor Fuhler, John Butcher, Pauline Oliveros, and many others. He has written acoustic and electroacoustic works for a variety of ensembles, most recently for the Continuum Ensemble (Toronto), the New York Virtuoso Singers, the Nash Ensemble of London, and the Princeton Laptop Orchestra. Smallwood currently lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he is associate professor of composition, improvisation, and electroacoustic music at the University of Alberta. Scott’s work in recent years has dealt with the juxtaposition between hyper-urban soundscapes and those in remote natural areas, and an understanding of our ever-changing sonic environment. In the world of music and the sonic arts, various flavours of noise have infiltrated our language in profound ways, reflecting a world that is more and more heavily concentrated around the production of energy and resources for a seemingly crowded and warming planet.