Laurel Halo is an electronic musician originally from Michigan, USA but based in Berlin. She has released music in a variety of styles, ranging from ambient and experimental club, to avant-pop and dubwise electronica. Though the breadth of genre is varied, there's an intrinsic logic to Halo's aesthetic, focussed on the interplay between digital and analog production techniques, and the general subversion of standard sonic hierarchies. She has released on labels such as Honest Jon's, Latency, Livity Sound and, most notably, Hyperdub; her debut album Quarantine was named Wire Magazine's album of the year. She has collaborated with Oneohtrix Point Never, John Cale, Lisa Gerrard, Eli Keszler, Rashad Becker, Julia Holter and NH'Koxyen amongst others.
Soundtrack composition has also formed an important part of Laurel Halo's output - she composed the soundtrack for "Still Be Here", a collaborative piece featuring the Japanese virtual pop star Hatsune Miku, and scored the documentary film "Possessed" by Dutch design studio Metahaven and Rob Schroder. Radio too has played a role in Halo's output; from her early days as a college radio DJ, to being a resident on Berlin Community Radio (2014-2018) and Rinse.FM (2018), the study of genre-blending and freeform aesthetics has informed her compositional approach.
This workshop will focus on electronic composition/production, examining a wide array of writing, mixing and production approaches, sharing production techniques, discussing aesthetic strategies and listening approaches, expanding the palette of genres involved through listening and analysis, developing your work through sharing/critique sessions, and making new work through scoring for silent films, working against text, and other writing-to-concept exercises.
You'll end the workshop having expanded your range of critical listening skills, learnt new technological approaches and new kit, honed your compositional approach, widened your awareness of influential movements and factors, developed your existing musical practice and composed new work.
Following your five days with Laurel Halo at CAMP, you'll have the opportunity to release, broadcast and perform your work via our range of in-house labels, CAMP Radio, Fuse Art Space and our international network of partner organisations.