Sandra Boss is a composer and sound artist based in Denmark. Her work evolves in the intersection between performance and installation, where machines and instruments becomes sculptures of sound. She explores the overheard sounds of diverse sound sources both familiar musical instruments but also instruments that was not orginally intended for music making such as hearing test machines, bird flutes, therapy instruments, and test equiptment. She has made works for homebuild or rebuilt instruments, such as a MIDI-controlled pipe organ and an elongated accordion and she has written works for solo musicians, ensembles and choirs.
Sandra Boss has a background in classical music and has later studied electronic music at The Royal Academy of Music in Denmark. In 2019 she finished an artistic-based PhD on sound art at Aarhus University, Denmark, where she explored our conception of hearing through the use of so-called “dead technnology”, that has been used to optimize hearing.
Sandra Boss has performed at numerous international venues including Cafe Oto (UK), KRAAK Festival (Be), Detritus Festival (GR), Super Deluxe (JP), Klangkunst Festival (DE) and LAK – Festival for Nordic Sound Art (DK).
In 2017, she was awarded the Carl Nielsen Talent Price.
In 2022, Sandra Boss received the 3-year working grant from The Danish Arts Foundation accompanied by the following description:
“Sandra Boss is a sound artist and composer who makes the familiar appear from new and surprising sides. With electronically controlled organs, the sound of deleted cassette tapes, home-built extensions and expansions of the classical instruments, processing and manipulation of old electronic devices, the musical perception of reality is suddenly bent in ways not thought possible. The persistent, sonorous curiosity seems to be a working method that runs like a red thread through all her works. Added to this is a refined musical sense for putting the sounds together in an often restrained and thoughtful expression. Her tightly shaped works are not easy to categorize, but arise as particularly attractive and distinctive musical sound universes.”
|March 2014:||OHNO! – A sonic weekender at Café Oto, London, UK, with Sound & Music, London & SNYK, DK|
|January 2014:||Magnetic Groove Memories – Tilbagekomsten af det fysiske musikarkiv, Roskilde Bibliotek, with Morten Riis, Lone Kofoed & Søren Pold, Aarhus University|
|September 2013:||Lakfestival – festival for nordisk lydkunst, PB 43, Copenhagen|
|Podcast Belkin Art Center|
|Kulturen på P1 – DR|
|Future Stops Podcast|
|Politiken (on curating LAK Festival, 2012)|
|DR – P6 Beat (on curating LAK festival, 2012)|
|Information (on “Bevar mig vel”)|
|Act of silence|