MICHAELBRAILEY is an electronic musician, composer, curator and DJ based between Manchester, UK, and Hamburg, DE.
His work flails amidst contemporary unrest, from the instantaneousness of digital space to the euphoria of heartbreak, from the boundlessness of queer identity to the inevitability of ecological collapse. Using text, 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 tumultuous present day.
He has collaborated and worked with artists including The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, soprano Juliet Fraser, club-music producer and DJ Kastle, ensemble The House of Bedlam, multimedia pianist Silvia Lucas, 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 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 Europe. MICHAELBRAILEY has featured on radio-stations including NTS and KEXP, and has been written about in FACT, THUMP and XLR8R.
He curates 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