Samuel Dunscombe is a performer-composer specialising in the use of clarinets, computers, and microphones. Samuel is interested in work that explores the multi-dimensional perception of time, which has drawn him to areas including improvisation, the performance of complex-notated repertoire, field recording, audio engineering, and live electronic performance.
Samuel has collaborated with a wide range of artists, from Anthony Pateras to Eva-Maria Houben; Taku Sugimoto to Iancu Dumitrescu and Ana-Maria Avram; Richard Barrett to Cat Lamb; Pierluigi Billone to Klaus Lang; Cat Hope to The Necks. Performances include Maerzmusik (Berlin), Tokyo Experimental Festival, World Music Days (Ljubljana), Tectonics (Athens; Tel Aviv), Kontraklang (Berlin), the Darmstadt summer course, the Melbourne, Sydney, and Adelaide International Arts Festivals (Australia), MEC (Los Angeles), Elastic Arts (Chicago), and multiple presentations at the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music. He has recordings available on Another Timbre (UK), Editions Wandelweiser (DE), Ftarri (JP), and Marginal Frequency (USA), among others.
He has given artist talks, guest lectures, and conference presentations at the Sound of Memory Symposium (Goldsmiths, UK), Oberlin College (Ohio, USA), Musashino Art University (Tokyo, Japan), Hearing Landscapes Critically (Harvard University, USA), Affective Habitus (ANU, Australia), RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia), Dortmund Technical University, and CALIT2 IDEAS (San Diego, USA). He has also worked as a lecturer in clarinet at Monash University, where he still holds a position of Adjunct Research Fellow, supervising doctoral students’ research in the areas of performance and musicology.
Most recently, Samuel works as archivist and assistant to the editor of the Horatiu Radulescu Archives and Lucero Print in Daillens (CH), where his revisions of Radulescu’s works for clarinet are currently in preparation for publication. Samuel was recently awarded a doctorate (DMA) from the University of California (San Diego), with a dissertation focusing on the music of Radulescu and the creation of new plasmatic works for massed clarinet.