Samuel Smith


Originally from Armidale, NSW, Samuel is a Melbourne-based composer working primarily in the field of notated, acoustic music.

Variously described as ‘beguiling, mysterious and gentle,’ (Canberra City News) or ‘glistening with totally gorgeous sonorities’ (The Australian), Samuel’s music focuses on the integration of slowly unfolding process, instrumental colour and virtuosic gesture.

Samuel holds degrees from the Australian National University and the University of Melbourne. He is currently a Masters candidate at the University of Melbourne where he studies composition with Elliott Gyger.

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Featured Works

bleed-through, for guitar and laptop.

In 2011 I interned with the audio preservation department at the National Film and Sound Archive. I was fascinated at the time by how beautiful these now-obsolete technologies became, the more they had deteriorated. Ageing Magnetic Tape often creates a phenomenon known as Bleed-Through, which occurs when the magnetic signal prints (or bleeds) across to adjacent layers of tape. The result is a ghostly prediction and recollection of the original signal, itself now significantly diminished. Conceptually, it conjures a certain nostalgia; a memory of a signal since deteriorated, recreated by echo and prediction.

Featured in Playlist 8 – String Waves, 31/08/2015