Ally Mobbs is a British sound designer, artist and producer based in Kyoto, Japan.
Originally a bassist, Mobbs began playing solo electronic shows using self-built MIDI controllers after moving to Japan in 2009. He experimented with circuit bending and DIY electronic instruments, and in 2014 was invited to exhibit the installation Turntablism for the Hard of Hearing, in which contact microphones were used to create a live piece of music, at Sight and Sound Festival in Montreal. In 2015, Ally began making music from field recordings with Agargara (David Cummings). They eventually started an irregular meeting of like-minded producers called Beat Picnic, resulting in a self-released split EP the same year.
Mobbs is a co-founder of the Gohan Tapes label and a member of Kyoto beat crew and event series Frequency Punch. He also creates live instrumental beat videos for YouTube using samplers, field recording, handmade electronic instruments and Ableton Push. As a freelance sound designer Mobbs has worked on projects for The New York Times, The Guardian, SEIKO, Red Bull and Third Man Records as well as game audio and VR projects.
Ally will host two of his Beat Picnics in and around Loop’s Hollywood campus, as well as a Music Making Session, using his skills as a moderator and workshop leader to guide attendees in a communal improvisation. (Photo by YokeMun Lim)