MICHAELBRAILEY (Manchester, UK / Hamburg, DE) is a composer, producer and vocalist making electronic music and music for performers.
His work foregrounds an intimate relationship with the digital world; its power to supersede geographical distance, to provide boundless space for queerness and sexuality to roam freely, and crucially, it's ability to augment, inhibit and mediate personal and group interactions. Using lo-fi and hi-fi sound - from quiet phone-recorded whisperings to stock synths and text-to-speech voices - plus instruments, performers and multimedia, he attempts to encompass the vast expanse between the intimate and corporate to find a sense of place within the amorphous digital world.
He has collaborated and worked with a vast array of artists including The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, soprano Juliet Fraser, club-music producer and DJ Kastle, ensemble The House of Bedlam, pianist Matt Lam, electronic artist Sam Kidel and physical performance group SHOAL. He has released music on labels including SYMBOLS, DISPLAY, Apothecary Compositions and Hush Hush Records. He has been performed and exhibited in venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Tate Modern, Tate Britain and Snape Maltings. He has performed solo at Wigmore Hall, Aldeburgh Festival and numerous clubs and venues around the UK. MICHAELBRAILEY has featured on radio-stations including NTS and KEXP, and has been written about in FACT, THUMP and XLR8R.
He is also the curator of VIRTUALLYREALITY, an events series programming adventurous new music and performance in Manchester since 2017.
He is currently studying for a Master's in Multimedia Composition with Alexander Schubert at HfMT - Hochschule für Musik und Theater (Hamburg, DE).
photography by Anastassia Radtsenko