Gail Priest is a Katoomba-based artist with a multi-faceted practice in which sound is the key material of communication and investigation. She has exhibited her own sound-based installation work at ISEA2016 Hong Kong, Werkleitz Festival - Germany, the Sonoretum, Kapelica Gallery, Slovenia, Tokyo Wonder Site, Artspace and Performance Space, Sydney. She has released several albums of exploratory music through her own label Metal Bitch as well as Flaming Pines and Endgame records. She has performed her electronic compositions nationally and internationally including in London, Venice, Amsterdam, Helsinki, Akureyri (Iceland), Berlin and Bourges. She is also a curator and writes extensively about sound and media arts, in particular for RealTime magazine, as well as being the editor of Experimental Music: audio explorations in Australia through UNSW Press (2009). In 2015/2016 she was the Australia Council Emerging and Experimental Arts Fellow.
Composition for The Altitude Project
For The Altitude Project I will create a 20 minute composition for live performance that will draw upon field recordings of the upper Blue Mountains area combined with industrial sounds of historic and contemporary aviation. Through this will weave live processed vocals to create a multifaceted composition that explores the interaction between the figurative and the abstract, the machinic and the organic, the sensual and the brutal.