Scott Smallwood was born in Dallas, Texas, and grew up at 10,000 feet in elevation in the Colorado Rockies. At the age of 10, his father gave him a cassette tape recorder, and ever since he has been fascinated by the possibilities of recorded sound. As a sound artist, composer, and performer, Smallwood creates works inspired by discovered textures and forms, through a practice of listening, field recording, and improvisation. He designs experimental electronic instruments and software, as well as sound installations and site-specific performance scenarios. He performs as one-half of the laptop/electronic duo Evidence (with Stephan Moore) and has performed with Seth Cluett, Curtis Bahn, Mark Dresser, Cor Fuhler, John Butcher, Pauline Oliveros, and many others. He has written acoustic and electroacoustic works for a variety of ensembles, most recently for the Continuum Ensemble (Toronto), the New York Virtuoso Singers, the Nash Ensemble of London, and the Princeton Laptop Orchestra.
His work has been presented worldwide, including recent presentations at the Issue Project Room in NYC, the Burning Man Festival in Black Rock City, Nevada, the The Hong Kong Arts Centre, and Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah, NY. His work has been released on Autumn Records, Deep Listening, Wowcool, Simple Logic, Static Caravan, and others.
From 1997 until 2003, he worked as a studio engineer, faculty member, and technical director in the electronic arts program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he developed a continuing interest in collaboration with artists in other media. He holds music degrees from Seattle Pacific University, Miami University, Peabody Conservatory, and Princeton University, where he also held postdoctoral research associate position, working with the legendary Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk). He currently lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he is an associate professor of composition at the University of Alberta.
Evidence: Visuals (Digital Media). Contour Editions, 2013.
Coronium 3500: Lucie's Halo. Solar-powered sound installation as part of exhibition Garden of Sonic Delights, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts.
Moore, Stephan and Scott Smallwood. “The Soundscape of Burning Man.” Soundscape Journal. Vol. 11, Number 1, Fall/Winter 2011, pp. 47-51.
Smallwood, Scott. “Virtuosic Listening: Context in Soundscapes and Music.” In Anthology of Essays on Deep Listening. Kingston, NY: Deep Listening Publications, 2012, pp. 205-220.
Smallwood, Scott and Jared Bielby. “Solarsonics: Patterns of Ecological Praxis in Solar-powered Sound Art.” in Proceedings of the Symposium Musique et écologies du son / Music and ecologies of sound, Universite Paris 8, Paris, May 27-30, 2013.