Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

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Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Reims Cartonerie, 26 March 2016
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Reims Cartonerie, 26 March 2016
Background information
Pacific Northwest, United States
  • Composer
  • producer
  • musician
LabelsWestern Vinyl, Ghostly International

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith is an American composer, performer and producer, originally from the Pacific Northwest[1] and currently based in Los Angeles.[2] Her work prominently employs Buchla modular synthesizers. She received acclaim for her albums Ears (2016) and The Kid (2017). She has collaborated with Suzanne Ciani and Emile Mosseri.

Early life and education[edit]

Smith grew up and was home-educated on Orcas Island, Northwestern Washington.[3] She left the island to study composition and sound engineering at Berklee College of Music in Boston, before returning to the island after her graduation. Smith performed in the indie folk duo Ever Isles while still at Berklee.[4]

Buchla Music Easel synthesizer

It was after returning home that Smith discovered synthesizers, when a neighbor who shared her interest in Terry Riley introduced her to the Buchla 100 Synthesizer.[5] Having originally intended to use her voice as her primary instrument,[4] and then moving to classical guitar and piano, Smith switched to the use of synthesizer after being lent and experimenting with the Buchla 100 for a year,[3] explaining, "I got so distracted and enamored with the process of making sounds with [the Buchla's] that I abandoned the next Ever Isles album."[4] She also frequently uses the Buchla Music Easel.[6]

Smith contributed sound design work to the music video for Panda Bear's "Boys Latin" in 2014.[7] In 2015, she signed to independent record label Western Vinyl and released her first official album, Euclid. In 2016, she received acclaim for her 2016 album Ears and collaborated with synthesizer-based composer Suzanne Ciani on a RVNG Intl. release entitled Sunergy. Her album, The Mosaic of Transformation, was released in May 2020.[8]

Musical approach[edit]

Smith's music makes prominent use of Buchla synthesizers, specifically the Buchla 100 and Musical Easel. She stated that "there’s a lot of room for happy accidents with a Buchla synthesizer because it’s not very predictable. If you turn on a light in the room that you’re working in or if the grounding isn’t properly grounded or if you plug in something else, all of a sudden something will change. That gives me this feeling of working with a life, and that there is a biofeedback, more so than a predictable synthesizer."[9] She has stated that "I try and blend in as many different tones / timbres as possible […] I like to imagine what that sound would feel like if I were to touch it and vice versa."[10]


Studio albums[edit]


  • "Swan" (2012)
  • "Milk" (2012)
  • "Anthropoda"
  • "Riparian" (2016)[11]
  • "An Intention" (2017)
  • "To Follow and Lead" (2017)
  • "I Will Make Room for You (Four Tet Remix)" (2017)
  • "Expanding Electricity" (2019)
  • "Lagoon" (2019)
  • "Log in Your Fire" with Emile Mosseri (2020)

Original scores[edit]

  • Fortraits
  • DIY TV
  • Cabin Porn [12]
  • Reggie Watts - Brasilia City of the Future[13]
  • First People
  • Elf Help
  • Google - The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks[14]


Year Title
2015 Bayonne - Spectrolite (Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith Remix)[15]
2015 Maestro - Darlin' Celsa (Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith Remix)
2016 Max Richter - Dream 3 (Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith Remix)
2016 The Field - Reflecting Lights (Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith Mix)[16]
2016 The Invisible - Love Me Again feat. Anna Calvi (Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith Mix)[17]
2016 D.D Dumbo - Walrus (Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith Mix)[18]
2017 Perfume Genius - Wreath (Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith Remix)
2022 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Catching Smoke (Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith Remix)[19]

Danny Elfman - In Time (Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith Remix) 2022-8-10


  1. ^ "Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith". kaitlynaureliasmith.com. Retrieved 2022-09-22.
  2. ^ "A Sensation of Breath: an Interview with Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith". AdHoc.fm. Archived from the original on 2017-10-07. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  3. ^ a b "Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith's Existential Synthesizer Music". pitchfork.com. 15 March 2016. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  4. ^ a b c "Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - About". kaitlynaureliasmith.com. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  5. ^ "Interview: Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Buchla Master". redbullmusicacademy.com. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  6. ^ Desautell, Parker (21 October 2021). "KAITLYN AURELIA SMITH DISCUSSES RECORDING WITH EMILE MOSSERI AND THE POWER OF FRIENDSHIP". PopMatters. Retrieved 18 January 2022.
  7. ^ Moodie, Shaelyne. "Listen To Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith's Enchanting New Single "Arthropoda"". The Fader. Retrieved 15 January 2022.
  8. ^ Minsker, Evan (March 12, 2020). "Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith Announces New Album, Shares New Song: Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  9. ^ Jackson, Noah (22 April 2016). "STEP INSIDE KAITLYN AURELIA SMITH'S FUTURISTIC JUNGLE". Nylon. Retrieved 14 January 2022.
  10. ^ Walsh, Michael. "Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith: Carving the Wall of Sound". Ableton. Retrieved 14 January 2022.
  11. ^ Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith (2016-10-25), Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - Riparian, retrieved 2016-11-01
  12. ^ "Cabin Porn Book Trailer". Vimeo. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  13. ^ "Brasilia from Reggie Watts on Vimeo". kaitlynaureliasmith.com. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  14. ^ "Explore The Hidden Worlds of our National Parks". Explore The Hidden Worlds of our National Parks. Retrieved 2016-11-01.
  15. ^ "Spectrolite (Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith Remix) by Bayonne". soundcloud.com. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  16. ^ "The Field - Reflecting Lights (Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith Mix)". soundcloud.com. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  17. ^ "Love Me Again feat. Anna Calvi (Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith Remix) by The Invisible". soundcloud.com.
  18. ^ D.D Dumbo (2016-09-28), D.D Dumbo - Walrus (Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith remix), retrieved 2016-10-31
  19. ^ Catching Smoke - Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith Remix, 2022-01-21, retrieved 2022-01-21

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