Samuel Hertz is a Berlin-based composer, researcher, and curator working at the intersections of psychoacoustics and expanded listening practices. He received his MFA at Mills College, studying composition with Pauline Oliveros, Fred Frith, and Zeena Parkins, and producing/performing with Morton Subotnick. His work has recently been performed in France, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Sweden, the U.K., as well as Center for New Music, BAM/PFA, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, and Harvestworks (USA), among others. As a recipient of the 2017 DARE Prize for Radical Interdisciplinarity (University of Leeds/Opera North: Leeds, UK), his current research project concerns affective crossings between humans and environment, ecological soundings, and geophysical/atmospheric infrasonic sound. His research includes publications in association with Studio Tomas Saraceno and the Royal College of Art/Imperial College (London, UK), lectures at the American Association of Geographers, Lancaster University, University of Leeds, Beloit College, Liverpool John Moores University, Ohio University, and FH Potsdam. Recent and upcoming events include a performance/installation at the National Science + Media Museum (Bradford, UK), a month-long residency at The Tetley (Leeds, UK), and month-long residency at the Visby International Centre for Composers (Visby, SE). He was recently the guest editor at Temporary Art Review for the month of September, as a part of their "Unstable States, New Constitutions" research framework.
Samuel is a frequent collaborator of a number of US and Europe-based performance and dance companies/choreographers, creating immersive sound design, installations, and live performance situations in such places as ImPulsTanz (Vienna, AT), ICI/CCN (Montpellier, FR), DOCK11 (Berlin, DE), and UltimaVez Studios (Brussels, BE).
As a performer himself, he has appeared in Mark Jeffery/Judd Morrissey's performance piece The Labors at the Museum of Contemporary Art, The Precession at the Hyde Park Arts Center, Defibrillator Performance Gallery and Arizona State University, and 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.