Francesco Gagliardi is a Milan-based experimental composer, sound designer and programmer. His sound research focuses on creating complex and chaotic soundscapes analyzing the threshold between signal and noise. Exploring circuit bending, self-built corrupted instruments and softwares, he aims to imagine other possible sound realities characterised by rough sounds, discontinued rhythms and digital warm noises.


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Olga Palomäki (*1980) is a visual and sound artist based in Helsinki, Finland. Makes experimental sounds based on field recordings. Creates dark soundscapes by manipulating urban background noise and shaping it into a new form.

Palomäki's works have been on display in several solo- and joint exhibitions, film- and video festivals and screenings and sound art radio shows in Finland and other European countries. Graduated from Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Fine Arts Programme in 2007 (BA).  

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Samuel Hertz is a composer/performer currently based in Oakland, California, who received his MFA at Mills College where he studied composition and electronic music with Pauline Oliveros, Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, and Maggi Payne. His works have recently been seen at ACUD MACHT NEU (Berlin, Germany), Bains::Connective (Brussels, Belgium), Apiary Studios (London, UK), Center for New Music (San Francisco, CA), Berkeley Art Museum (Berkeley, CA), Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (San Francisco, CA), Jack Straw New Media Gallery (Seattle, WA), Harvestworks (New York, NY). He was recently at artistic-researcher for the Haus der Kulturen der Welt/Max Planck Institute for the History of Science as a part of the Anthropocene Campus: Technosphere Issue, and before beginning work at EMS, he will premiere his new work for clarinet and electronics (MOUNT VISION VARIATIONS) commissioned by OpusCentrum (Bourges, FR) at Art & Science Days 2016.  

His current research interests are in artificial acoustic ecologies, embodied sound/perception, and logic feedback systems as compositional methods. Inspired by old and modern theories of sound transmission, energetics, and vibration, at EMS he will work to create synthesized environments which can have various degrees of responsiveness and flexibility while still maintaining unique identities as unique sonic (eco)logical environments.

Eleonora Oreggia (xname) is an interdisciplinary artist born in Milan and based in London. She makes interactive installations and live performances.    

Made of self built electronics, lines of code, and other inert matter (noise, dust), her alchemic constructions often contain a live element, something that has to happen, yet unpredictable. Her live compositions transform light and other electromagnetic frequencies in sound waves through self built synthetisers and complex semi chaotic machines. The result is an hypnotic spectacle dominated by industrial and noise-techno frequencies.    

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Elías Merino (Madrid 1985), is a Spanish sonic artist and composer based in the UK. Currently he develops his work in computer-generated sound artifacts after some years involved in acousmatic music. Merino is interested in different approaches related with sound composition and digital arts such the exploration of time, poetic and philosophical relationship between Subject-Object and the Otherness, the Sublime, or sound specific/plural objects in multifocal spaces. Elías presents his work in installations and sonic works, which are exhibited, released, performed and broadcasted internationally.

Currently he is a PhD researcher in Computer Music at University of Huddersfield.

Elías Residency at EMS is supported by Acción Cultural Española


Alessio Capovilla (1985, Turin, italy ) is an Italian composer who works under the moniker of XIII. He is interested in the synthesis and sound modeling. The (im)perfect sound, the (not) punctual distortion or the (un)suitable atmosphere, are constantly researched by XIII through synthesis, computer music and field recording, crossing beats and genres towards something not easily definable.  

In April 2015 he released his debut album on Italo-berlinese Gang Of Ducks records. He is currently working on his second studio album.

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