Lauren Sarah Hayes is a composer and performer from Glasgow, UK, who works with combinations of bespoke software, prepared piano, analogue monosynths, drum machines, and live electronics. Her practice explores new strategies for live electronic performance by investigating the performer's physical relationship with the digital realm, and seeking to deepen this through the modality of touch. In 2013 she was awarded a PhD from the Unversity of Edinburgh entitled 'Audio-Haptic Relationships as Compositional and Performance Strategies'. Her background is in classical piano, mathematics and philosophy. She is a regular improviser, collaborating in duos/trios (Mustek, Monosynth Orchestra) and also performing with large-scale ensembles (Edimpro).
For many years she has given multisensory workshops for various groups, including those with sensory impairment, learning difficulties, and autism. These workshops use vibration and music to explore the links between sound and touch, and often result in custom built instruments designed specifically for a user. In 2012 she became an associate of the New Radiophonic Workshop, through which in addition to various performances, she led a BBC Proms workshop for children based around improvisation and electronic music. She has also mentored groups of children for BBC Learning programmes, focusing on composition for moving image.
She enjoys performing her music around the world, and recent ventures include BEAM (London), Sonorities (Belfast), NIME (Oslo), ICMC (Ljubljana) and EMS (New York). She has been supported by artistic residencies at EMS (Stockholm) in late 2011, in which she gave a live performance for Sveriges Radio P2, and also at STEIM (Amsterdam) in 2012. In 2012 she directed the Inventor Composer Coaction, which facilitated collaboration between composers in Edinburgh and inventors of new digital musical instruments. She is a founding member of LLEAPP (Laboratory for Laptop and Electronic Audio Performance Practice), a yearly roving research forum for sonic arts. She is currently an Air Time by Serious supported artist.