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Somaya Langley

Somaya Langley has a background in sound/media arts and digital libraries/archiving. Both her professional and artistic interests lie somewhere in the realm between ideas, information, technology, socio-politics, communities and empowerment. Somaya has worked in the fields of online delivery and digital preservation for the Australian Music Centre and the National Library of Australia, which included the projects MusicAustralia and the Library's Digital Collections. She was Production Manager of the International Society of Contemporary Music 2010 World New Music Days festival and was a Co-Director of the 2008 and 2009 Electrofringe festivals. In 2009 she was Co-Curator of Transit Lounge, a partner project of Berlin's transmediale festival. In 2010 and 2011 she worked as a part-time Producer for the Australian Music Unit of ABC Classic FM and undertook research to develop a scoping study report on Archives in the Digital Era for the Australia Council for the Arts.

Her work has been presented and performed in conferences and festivals throughout Australia and internationally including Cells Button, DOCAM Symposium, SEAM Symposium, the International Symposium of Electronic Arts (ISEA), Tuned City, New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), das kleine field recordings festival, Liquid Architecture, the NOW now festival, the International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD), UNAUSTRALIA - the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia Annual Conference, Sound Lab Channel III, Electrofringe, the Australasian Computer Music Conference (ACMC), the Australasian Sound Recording Association (ASRA) Conference, the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material (AICCM), the Totally Huge New Music Festival, the Melbourne Fringe Festival and Skylounge.In addition, from 1997 to 2007 she presented a radio programme, SubSequence, broadcast in Canberra and across the Australian Community Radio Network.

Somaya’s arts practice focuses on embodied and immersive experiences mediated by technology, to initiate socio-political dialogue. This has included, ID-i/o (a live solo audiovisual sensor-performance endeavour), the Suspect Backpack (a wearable mobile intervention), and Mobile Patters (a wearable audio experience). Collaborative installation and performance projects over the past decade include Collars with media artist Alexandra Gillespie, MetaSense with sound technologist Nick Mariette and HyperSense Complex with Dr. Alistair Riddell and Simon Burton. Somaya was also a member of the research project Thinking Through the Body, initiated by George Khut and Lizzie Muller along with Jonathan Duckworth, Lian Loke, Garth Paine, Maggie Slattery and Catherine Truman.

Other works 


Radio Works

  • Melbourne's Sonic Law - Commissioned by the Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (AMRAP) Radio Feature (2006)
  • Fringes of Electro - Commissioned by the Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (AMRAP) Radio Feature (2006)
  • Passion in the Protest - Commissioned by the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive as part of the Ten Minutes of Passion Series, 2005. This work received a finalist's award.


  • alpdream - Soundtrack to video work from the trilogy tele path by David McDowell , released on DVD as 5.1 surround, 2008.
  • submarine - Soundtrack to video work from the trilogy tele path by David McDowell , released on DVD as 5.1 surround, 2008.
  • light's house - Soundtrack to video work from the trilogy tele path by David McDowell , released on DVD as 5.1 surround, 2008.
  • Parliament - Soundtrack to video work by Michael Ascroft, October 2004.


  •  Wilkinson, M., Jeong-Reuss L., Elford, D., Langley, S., "Getting the Whole Picture - finding a common language between digital preservation and conservation", 7th Book, Paper and Photographic Materials Symposium, Brisbane, 29 - 31 August 2012
  • :Archives in the Digital Era Scoping Study Report, Australia Council for the Arts (2012)
  • Langley, S., "Almost There: Simple Stratgies for Partial Preservation of Complex Digital Objects", 35th Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material National Conference (AICCM), Canberra, Australia, 19 - 21 October 2011
  • Langley, S., "Digital Holiday", RealTime, Issue 104, August/September 2011,
  • Langley, S., "Aligning Senses and Ethics", RealTime, Issue 102, April/May 2011,
  • Langley, S., "Tooling the Art of Electronics", RealTime, Issue 95, February/March 2010,
  • Langley, S., Locating the Garage: ARIs in Canberra, Un Magazine, Issue 3.2 2009,
  • Langley, S., "Magic and Mistakes - ISEA 08, Singapore", RealTime, Issue 89, December/January 2008/2009,
  • Langley, S., "Corresponding Networks ", Filter, Issue 68, Winter 2008
  • Bencina, R., Wilde, D., Langley, S., "Gesture ≈ Sound Experiments: Process and Mappings", 8th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), Genova, Italy, 4th - 8th June 2008
  • Langley, S., "Empathy and Otherness", RealTime, Issue 82, December/January 2007/2008,
  • Langley, S., "Sonic Secrets", Filter, Issue 64, January 2007
  • Langley, S., "Complex Digital Objects", National Library of Australia Gateways, Issue 84, December 2006,
  • Lee, B., Clifton, G., Langley, S., PREMIS Requirement Statement Project Report, Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories , July 2006,
  • Langley, S., Where Are We?, Vital Signs conference, 9th September 2005, Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI), September 2005, Melbourne
  • Canberra