Sam Dunscombe is a performer, composer, sound artist, and audio engineer. Sam is interested in the multi-dimensional perception of time, which has led her to explorations in spectralism, just-intonation, improvisation, the performance of complex-notated repertoire, field recording, audio engineering, and live electronic performance.
Sam has performed at major festivals and concert series around the world, including conducting the opening night concert of the 2019 MaerzMusik festival in Berlin, being an artist-in-residence at Ilan Volkov’s Tectonics Festival in Tel Aviv, presenting a three day performance and sound installation at the Tokyo Experimental Festival, and many others.
Sam is an avid field recordist: released in 2021 on Black Truffle, Outside Ludlow / Desert Disco combined field recordings with audio taken from scraps of 1/4″ tape found tangled around a cactus in the Mojave Desert. A second album, exploring the potential for the integration of field recordings and rational tuning practice into the music used in psychedelic assisted therapy sessions, is scheduled for release in late 2022.
Sam’s record, Horatiu Radulescu: Plasmatic Works Vol. 1, was released in June 2022 on Mode Records, and focusses on Radulescu’s early spectral works for winds and electronics. This will be followed by two more records in this series, the first featuring music for the “sound icon,” and the second open-scored works realised by mixed ensemble. Sam also has albums available on Another Timbre (with Golden Fur and Klaus Lang), Ftarri (with Taku Sugimoto), Wandelweiser (with Rebecca Lane and Eva-Maria Houben), Marginal Frequency, and many others.
Sam was awarded a Doctor of Musical Arts from UC San Diego in 2018, with a thesis exploring the clarinet works of French-Romanian composer Horatiu Radulescu. She now works as the archivist to his estate.
NEW LP OUT ON BLACK TRUFFLE!
(Sold out! Digital still available on Bandcamp)
OUTSIDE LUDLOW / DESERT DISCO
“Against the dusty drift of the tape, its rawness and brutality is startling” – The Wire
“Dunscombe has crafted two works of mesmeric and haunting ambient beauty that hearken back to their source and look forward to transformation and rebirth.” – The Sound Projector
“Its layers dynamically weave to reveal a tapestry seemingly depicting associations of manifest destiny and its post-apocalypse in the desert. The violent progress of military and mining and trains and western religion across the desert matching and exceeding that hostile environment’s desiccating heat, disintegrating wind, bold exhibition of death in its preservation of bones to mold a scape of desolation reflected in this bleak sound.” – harmonicseries.substack
Listen now on Bandcamp