Tom Hall (electronic musician)

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Tom Hall
Tom Hall, live at VOLUME @ South of Sunset Los Angeles, Dec 2015.jpg
Tom Hall, live at VOLUME, Los Angeles, Dec 2015
Background information
Born1980/1981 (age 41–42)
OriginDevonport, Tasmania, Australia
GenresElectronic music, glitch, ambient, electroacoustic, experimental, noise, drone, field recordings
Occupation(s)Musician, artist, producer
InstrumentsComputer, Synthesizer, field recordings
Years active2000–present
LabelsSuperpang, Errorgrid, Elli Records, Presto!?, hellosQuare, Overlap
Websitewww.tomhallsonics.com

Tom Hall is an Australian electronic audio-visual artist, who resides in Lake Arrowhead, California.

Hall's work is characterized by field recordings, synthesizers, computer software processing, and improvisation, which generates a large range of possible sounds including; melodic rhythms, ambient textures, and drone.

Hall's eclectic works flourish by utilizing a variety of mediums, each that reflects his varied background and interests. With a strong focus on elements of the everyday Hall's practice involves explorations into place, space, and time. Drawing inspiration from countless 'peripheral' spaces, Hall focuses on using multiple approaches to engage and recontextualize them to the public.[1]

Hall focuses on and uses sound as a means to translate feelings, create hybrid environments and notions of journey. Stylistically these outcomes vary from noise-orientated improvisation to structured drone, melody, and rhythm.

Biography[edit]

Tom Hall is a graduate of The Australian National University with Honours where he majored in Photomedia, studying under the guidance of Dr. Martyn Jolly. During Hall's time at university he spent 1 year abroad (2004) on a scholarship studying sound and moving image at Kyoto Seika University[2] under the guidance of Saburo Hirano and Shinsuke Ina where Hall was introduced Max/MSP.


Hall utilizes custom-designed software and a variety of unorthodox approaches to combining imagery and sound, producing an array of outcomes that have seen him exhibit and perform globally in the past two decades. During his career, he has completed consecutive residencies at The Perth International Arts Festival, residencies in San Francisco, Netherlands, and Japan. Hall has developed a reputation for touring tirelessly having completed multiple tours throughout Australia, Japan, Europe, UK, and America.


In addition to this Hall has also completed a number of sound-based installations and exhibited works globally.


Hall is also the recipient of the 2009 Brisbane Lord Mayors Fellowship which allowed him to complete a four-month residency in San Francisco, USA under the guidance of Scott Arford of 7Hz Studio.


During his career Hall has worked with and played alongside artists such as Steinbruchel, Sawako, Tim Hecker, Jason Khan, Lawrence English, Takashi Kojima, Haco, Birchville Cat Motel, Isis, Health (band), Lichens and Max Cooper.

Discography[edit]

  • (2004) Irashai Mase – Sonoptik
  • (2007) Fluere – Sonoptik[3]
  • (2006) Floats – Nightrider Records
  • (2008) Cross – hellosQuare[4]
  • (2010) Past Present, Below – Overlap.org
  • (2011) Distressed – Sonoptik
  • (2011) Muted Angels – Complicated Dance Steps
  • (2013) Many Days End – Sonoptik
  • (2017) True Image – (Ltd Ed. 50 released at the LA Art Bookfair)
  • (2017) Fervor – Elli Records
  • (2018) Spectra – Elli Records
  • (2020) The Day After You Die – Sonoptik
  • (2020) Bestowed Order On Chaos – Errorgrid[5]
  • (2021) Failed Attempts at Silence – Superpang

Collaborations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Seika University, Japan
  2. ^ Tom Hall
  3. ^ WIRE Magazine Review
  4. ^ Mess+Noise Review
  5. ^ "Tom Hall :: Bestowed Order On Chaos EP (Errorgrid)". May 21, 2021.

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