Lauren Sarah Hayes

Lauren Sarah Hayes is a Scottish musician and sound artist who builds and performs with hybrid analogue/digital instruments.

Lauren is a "positively ferocious improvisor" (Cycling '74), her music refusing to sit nicely between free improv, experimental pop, techno, and noise. Over the last decade she has developed and honed a deliberately challenging and unpredictable performance system that explores the relationships between bodies, sound, environments, and technology. The Wire described her most recent album MANIPULATION (pan y rosas discos) as “skittering melodies and clip-clopping rhythms suggesting a mischievous intelligence emerging from this web of wires”.

She has developed several haptic (touch-based) interfaces and composes music that can be experienced physically as vibration throughout the body. She also enjoys creating site-responsive performances in unusual locations, recently playing four sold-out shows in Hamilton Mausoleum (famous for having one of the longest echoes of any manmade structure) as part of Sonica Festival.

For many years Lauren has given multisensory workshops for various groups, including those with sensory impairment, learning difficulties, and autism. Her person-centered approaches often result in custom built instruments made specifically for an individual. In 2014 & 15 she designed and led a large-scale project which brought electronic music to around 1000 children in Scotland. She is currently Assistant Professor of Sound Studies within the School of Arts, Media and Engineering at Arizona State University and is a member of the New BBC Radiophonic Workshop.