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Somaya Langley has a background in the broad scope of digital culture with a focus on sound/media arts, digital collections/archiving, festivals and events. Both her professional and artistic interests lie somewhere in the realm of ideas, information, technology, socio-politics, communities, networks and empowerment.

Somaya has worked in the fields of online delivery and digital collecting and preservation for the Australian Music Centre, Design & Art Australia Online, the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, the State Library of New South Wales, 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 to 2011 she worked as a part-time Producer for ABC Classic FM's the Australian Music Unit 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 CTM, 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 the radio program, 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), 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. She has a love of field recording and in addition to her own field recording around the world, she has participated in sound recording workshops with Chris Watson (UK) and Douglas Quin (USA). In 2012 she assisted with field recordings for the Centenary of Canberra's artist in residence, Jyll Bradley's (UK) project City of Trees.

somaya & her bike - berlin Turkish Markets, Maybachufer Berlin, 2008. photo: Maria-Eleni Alesandre


Current Position

  • Digital Preservation Specialist - Policy & Planning (Polonsky Fellow), Cambridge University Library - University of Cambridge September 2016 - Current (United Kingdom)





Workshops & Residencies

Special Interest Groups

  • Co-Convenor - Electron Digital Audiovisual Heritage Special Interest Group (2015 - Current)


Peer Review Boards

Audio & Visual Releases

  • tele path, a trilogy of audiovisual works, single channel video and 5.1 surround sound DVD (2008)
  • out | side | in, Unfenced, the Australian Computer Music Society Compilation Double CD (2008)
  • Shimmer, Electricity 2, Blatant Propaganda, Compilation CD (2004)
  • Shimmer, ACMA2004, the Australian Computer Music Society Compilation CD (2004)



Conference Papers & Posters

Exhibition Reviews

Blog Posts


Reviews & Articles