Samuel Hertz is a Berlin-based composer, sound artist, and research who received his MFA at Mills College (Oakland, CA), studying composition and electronic music with Pauline Oliveros, Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, James Fei, Maggi Payne, John Bischoff and Chris Brown. 

Most recently, Samuel is the winner of the 2017 DARE Prize for Radical Interdisciplinarity, working on a year-long research initiative involving natural and artificial infrasound through the University of Leeds, and Leeds-based opera company Opera North. This project has resulted in publications for Studio Tomas Saraceno/Imperial College, London and The Journal of GeoHumanities, a guest-editorial month at Temporary Art Review, residencies at Elektromusikstudion (Stockholm, SE), Visby International Composers Centre (Visby, SE), and performances across Europe.

Though classically trained, his studies in experimental literature and musical techniques steer his compositions and performances to include a wide variety of acoustic and electronic media such as: sensor technology, prepared guitars, piano, electro-acoustic percussion instruments, instruments of his own design, electronically modified traditional instruments, and movement. His work has appeared in dance pieces by multiple companies in Chicago, San Francisco, and Oakland, and has been seen/heard at ACUD MACHT NEU (Berlin, DE), Le Café Central (Brussels, BE), Bains::Connective/Ten Weyngaert (Brussels, BE), Apiary Studios (London, UK), Center for New Music (San Francisco, CA), Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (San Francisco, CA), Berkeley Art Museum (Berkeley, CA), ACRE Gallery/ACRE-TV (Chicago, IL), ARTX (Long Beach, CA), Jack Straw New Media Gallery (Seattle, WA), Harvestworks (NYC, NY), Spectrum (NYC, NY), The Uncreativity Festival (Minneapolis, MN), and WBEZ Radio (Chicago, IL) among others. Additionally, his work and process was recently featured on the contemporary art website Make Space. Recently, he has composed a number of works for chamber ensemble, electroacoustic ensemble and fixed media, focusing on spatialized sound and compositional psychoacoustics. Samuel has worked as a technical assistant to, and performed with Morton Subotnick, Alvin Curran, and John Driscoll. Currently, he composes music for a number of San Francisco Bay-area choreographers, and recently completed work on a 40.4 concert speaker system at The Lab (SF) utilizing custom-programmed ambisonic encoding and decoding schemas in conjunction with visual artist Jacqueline Gordon and architectural acoustician Zackary Belanger.

With collaborator Maryanna Lachman, he was an artist in residence at Bains::Connective (Brussels, Belgium), and with additional collaborators Abby Crain and Mara Poliak, recently premiered their evening-length performance piece Snake Talk at CounterPulse (San Francisco, CA), after performing iterations of it at FRESH Festival (San Francisco, CA), PerformanceWorksNW (Portland, OR), and Lake Studios (Berlin, DE). 

Samuel was recently awarded a commission by the OpusCentrum Ensemble (Bourges, France) for his composition O ESAYE UY GO for Violin and Electronics, and will premiere the outcome of this commission at the Bourges Art & Science Days in June 2016. Following this, Samuel will be in residence at Elektronmusikstudion in Stockholm, Sweden.

Additionally, Samuel is an artist-researcher on the Anthropocene Curriculum based out of Haus der Kulturen der Welt/Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin, DE), contributing to upcoming publications on HKW's website and beyond. An interview about his work and research at HKW is recently published by Bad at Sports.

As a performer, he has appeared in Mark Jeffery/Judd Morrissey's performance piece The Labors at the Museum of Contemporary Art and The Precession at the Hyde Park Arts Center, Defibrillator Performance Gallery and Arizona State University. Currently, he performs with them as a part of ATOM-R, a provisional collective exploring forensics, anatomy, and 21st century digital embodiment. Their piece The Operature, premiered in Chicago in March of 2014, after having been performed in various previous iterations at York St. John University (York, UK), Kings College (London, UK), and various locations around Chicago.

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