(b. 1974) New York, USA
Lives & works in Brighton, UK
Chris Sciacca was born in New York. He holds a B.A. in Geography from the University of New York at Geneseo a B.A., and M.A. in Digital Music and Sound Arts from the University of Brighton. He is a international scholarship award winner and a 2015 merit scholarship award winner. His practice based research: Twin Transects: Parallel Walks in Newhaven and Dieppe was nominated for the 2016 Seoul National University prize, the Nagoya University prize, and the 2016 Platform Graduate Award. His supporting dissertation on the topic of sound in ethnographic and documentary cinema was nominated for the June and Sidney Crown dissertation prize. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Greenwich.
Chris's musical training began on woodwinds throughout grade school. His passion for recording began with early tape experiments on a Panasonic RS 760S reel-to-reel recorder, eventually moving into the realm of digital audio. In 2007 he released his first full- length album distributed through Norman Records in Leeds, a UK record store stocking hard-to-find experimental music and electronica. In 2008 he performed live experimental music on KFJC's notable Live From the Devil's Triangle Series, Volume 11. His recent musical projects have been played on BBC3 and BBC6 radio, Juice Brighton Radio, and the experimental Danish radio station The Lake. His field recording has been featured on NTS's Infinite Mix Tape series, and Resonance Extra FM. Chris host's of Drifter's Dram:Smithsonian Folkways Review radio show on Slack City, Brighton and runs Listen Club, a monthly curatorial group listening session at The Rose Hill in Brighton.
His background in Geography is an inspiration for his current interest in field recording. Seeking to integrate disciplines, his work explores the relationship between soundscape and landscape. Chris is also a backcountry trekking enthusiast and has travelled extensively in the Eastern Sierra Mountains, the Adirondacks, the upper Canadian Rockies, and the Maya Mountains in Belize.