Sarah Angliss is a composer, automatist and historian of technology, particularly interested in early attitudes to new technology and resonances between folkore and early notions of new machines. Sarah’s known for her singularly embodied performance which mixes theremin and electronics with the ensemble of automata she’s designed and built to work with her on stage. She’s been commissioned by National Theatre and the British Film Institute and has performed live with her machines on BBC national radio, as well as dozens of festivals around the UK.
Sarah’s currently on a residency at the Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol, exploring human motion capture in non-figurative objects. Her other research topics include the use of trained birds as primordial, domestic sound recorders before the invention of the phonograph (made into a BBC Radio 4 documentary in 2011); the reputed psychological effects of infrasound in music (a collaboration funded by The Sciart Consortium, 2003); early attitudes to drum machines, samplers and The Talkies (published by the Smithsonian Scholarly Press, 2013); 19th-century Lancashire heel-and-toe clog dance as a steampowered precursor to Detroit techno (with Caroline Radcliffe, 2008) and the 1950s atomic gardening movement.
A classically trained musician, Sarah also has degrees in electroacoustics and biologically-inspired robotics. She’s the founder recent Ghost Box collaborators Spacedog. and is currently working on Ealing Feeder, her first solo album.
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