2021 Oram Award winner Lia Mice is a multidisciplinary artist whose works include experimental electronic music production, large-scale digital musical instrument design, live A/V performance, composition for film, interactive sculpture and academic writing. In her practice, Mice uses new technologies to explore relationships between the musical instrument and embodied performance.
Mice's latest album Sweat Like Caramel is out on Objects Ltd on the 20th of May, 2022. Her unique productions are the result of years of studio experimentation with technology old and new including analog samplers, Pure Data, self-hacked instruments and 8-track tape. Mice's all-hardware live A/V sets incorporate large-scale self-designed instruments and voice sampling with dancers and audio-reactive visuals. Her high-energy DJ sets explore the weirder side of electro, tech-noir, acid and experimental-pop. Mice has guested on NTS and Rinse FM, and co-hosts with A'Bear a monthly Threads Radio show called EastBlenders.
Mice is a recipient of numerous residencies: Innovative Instrument Design Duxianqin International Workshop at China Conservatory of Music, Estalagem Residency for Music and Electronics at Ponta Da Sol Madeira, Automation and Me at Leeds International Festival, and Goldsmiths Palermo Summer Intensive Performance Practices in Sicily. Her work has been exhibited and performed internationally at events and venues including Ars Electronica, The Tate Modern Tate Lates, The Barbican Archives Residency, The V & A Museum Digital Design Weekend and Museum of Arts and Design. As a researcher, Mice has presented her work at IRCAM Forum, Computer Music Interdisciplinary Research, Technology in Music Performance (TiMP) and the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME).
Mice has composed original soundtracks for short films A Quiet Room In Walthamstow and Every You/Every Me and her music has appeared in feature film (Viral Beauty) and TV (Hiding).
Mice is currently in the final months of her PhD in Media and Arts Technology at Queen Mary University of London where she is a member of the Augmented Instruments Lab. Her research focuses on large-scale digital musical instrument design, as seen in her large instruments Prism Bell and Chaos Bells. She has collaborated on instrument design projects with Native Instruments, The Barbican and the OHMI Trust with whom she designed a One-Handed Violin concept. Mice is an advocate for accessible musical instrument design and is herself monocular sighted with a visual impairment caused by an overlay image from her blind eye. Since moving to London in 2015 she has founded and curated Electrolights AV - an experimental platform highlighting audio-visual artists and performers. Past performers include La Leif, A'Bear, digitalselves, Natalie Sharp/Lone Taxidermist, Zachary Aghaizu and Loraine James.
"Future Music - The Track - Lia Mice breaks down 'Which Memories Will Make It'" - Future Music, May 2020
"Lia Mice" - WITCiH Creative Women In Tech Podcast, September 2020
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