MICHAELBRAILEY works between composition, electronic music, club culture, performance and research. Originally from the UK, he is currently based in Hamburg (DE).
His work - often foregrounding electronic music, text and his signature falsetto - makes visible methods of sense-making in the face of vast, echoic planetary scalings; the emotional ramifications of situating the self within systems not of one's own design. Recent work has included interspecies meditations, speculative conspiracy theories, poetic readings of digital meme tapestries, queer long-distance love-songs, trance-inducing ensemble works and generative AI installations. His music has been described as “soul-bearing” (Martyn Pepperell), “a virtual condensation process transmuting love across the heart-tech interface” (Astral Plane Recordings) and “like James Blake if he was actually any good” (Boomkat).
Michael has worked with multimedia composer Alexander Schubert (DE), rapper/performance artist Iceboy Violet (UK), composer-performers Bastard Assignments (INT), ensemble NEKO3 (DK), gallery FACT Liverpool (UK) and others. He has performed, DJ'd or shown work at Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Tate Modern, Tate Britain (London, UK); Snape Maltings (Aldeburgh, UK); ZKM (Karlsruhe, DE); Kampnagel, LICHTHOF Theater, Kraftwerk Bille, Pudel (Hamburg, DE); Godsbanen (Aarhus, DK) and elsewhere. He has hosted radio on NTS and ma3azef; supported/performed with artists including Tirzah and Colin Self; and has been featured in columns for publications Dazed, FACT and AQNB.
He curates VIRTUALLYREALITY, an events series programming adventurous new music and performance in Manchester since 2017. He also hosts a radio residency on HALLO: Radio and recently studied for a Masters in Multimedia Composition with Alexander Schubert at HfMT (Hamburg, DE).