Lauren Sarah Hayes is a Scottish musician and sound artist who builds and performs with hybrid analogue/digital instruments. She is a “positively ferocious improvisor” (Cycling ‘74), her music refusing to sit nicely between free improv, experimental pop, techno, and noise. Over the last decade she has developed and honed a deliberately challenging and unpredictable performance system that explores the relationships between bodies, sound, environments, and technology. The Wire described her most recent album MANIPULATION (pan y rosas discos) as “skittering melodies and clip-clopping rhythms suggesting a mischievous intelligence emerging from this web of wires”. She is a member of the New BBC Radiophonic Workshop. 

Salton Sea - photo by Tobias Feltus

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A piece by the composer at age 6.

A piece by the composer at age 6.

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15 Seconds begins at 0:38. Recorded in Hamilton Mausoleum in Scotland.


Bridalveil begins at 8:00. Recorded in Yosemite National Park. 


Skin Music begins at 11:21. 



Lucky Dip, recorded in a pool in Arizona, begins at 17:41.  Part of the ARTELPHX festival hosted at the Clarendon Hotel, Phoenix, 14-16th May 2015.


Scorched Earth, recorded at the Salton Sea, begins at 20:26. 


technoscribble (from the album MANIPULATION) begins at 25:07


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Download Hayes' 2016 album Manipulation here - all donations for the album will go to GirlForward, a community of support dedicated to creating and enhancing opportunities for girls who have been displaced by conflict and persecution.

MANIPULATION is a collection of unedited one-take improvisations performed on unpredictable ecological hybrid analogue/digital/human systems. instability arises from the fragilities of touch-based engagement and mutually affecting relationships within the technology. performed 2008 – 2016. all music by lauren sarah hayes. release date: september 15, 2016.

MANIPULATION is a collection of unedited one-take improvisations performed on unpredictable ecological hybrid analogue/digital/human systems. instability arises from the fragilities of touch-based engagement and mutually affecting relationships within the technology. performed 2008 – 2016.

all music by lauren sarah hayes.

release date: september 15, 2016.

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