|Origin||Devonport, Tasmania, Australia|
|Genres||Electronic music, glitch, ambient, electroacoustic, experimental, noise, drone, field recordings|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, artist, producer|
|Instrument(s)||Computer, Synthesizer, field recordings|
|Labels||Superpang, Errorgrid, Elli Records, Presto!?, hellosQuare, Overlap|
Tom Hall is an Australian electronic audio-visual artist, who resides in Lake Arrowhead, California.
Hall's work is characterized by field recordings, synthesizers, computer software processing, and improvisation, which generates a large range of possible sounds including; melodic rhythms, ambient textures, and drone.
Hall's eclectic works flourish by utilizing a variety of mediums, each that reflects his varied background and interests. With a strong focus on elements of the everyday Hall's practice involves explorations into place, space, and time. Drawing inspiration from countless 'peripheral' spaces, Hall focuses on using multiple approaches to engage and recontextualize them to the public.
Hall focuses on and uses sound as a means to translate feelings, create hybrid environments and notions of journey. Stylistically these outcomes vary from noise-orientated improvisation to structured drone, melody, and rhythm.
Hall is a graduate of The Australian National University with Honours, where he majored in Photomedia, studying under the guidance of Dr. Martyn Jolly. During Hall's time at university, he spent one year abroad (2004) on a scholarship studying sound and moving image at Kyoto Seika University
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