Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

Western Vinyl

Happée en un instant par les myriades de possibilités soniques et oniriques offertes par les vieux modulaires (notamment le Buchla Easel, cher à son compatriote Charles Cohen), Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith s’est réinventée en novo laborantine surfeuse de sinusoïdes. Elle pratique une musique synthétique à la fois rêveuse et rigoureuse, extatique et intense, sûre de ses effets et spontanée.

Son dernier album Ears est sorti en avril 2016.


Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s formative years were spent communing with nature on Orcas Island in the northwest region of Washington state, a place she describes as “one of the most magical and peaceful places I have ever been.” Though she wouldn’t begin experimenting with modular synthesis until many years later, her creative work continues to be infused with and inspired by the vitality and serenity of Orcas.

Smith left the island to attend Berklee College of Music, where she studied composition and sound engineering, initially focusing on her voice as her primary instrument, before switching to classical guitar and piano. She employed many of the skills she refined in college in her indie-folk band Ever Isles, but a fateful encounter with a neighbour who lent her a Buchla 100 synthesizer, had a profound effect on her. Mesmerized by the Buchla’s potential, she explains “I got so distracted and enamoured with the process of making sounds with it that I abandoned the next Ever Isles album.” Starting with rhythmic patterns and melodic pulses, she soon began sculpting lush and exciting worlds of sound.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s new album ‘EARS‘ is an immersive listening experience in which dizzying swirls of organic and synthesized sounds work together to create a sense of three-dimensional space and propulsion. Dense and carefully crafted, each of the songs on ‘EARS’ unfolds with a fluid elegance, while maintaining a spontaneous energy, and a sprightly sense of discovery.