sam topley

sound art & craft


Sam Topley is a sound artist from Leicester, UK. Her work explores sound and technology with textile-based hand crafts such as knitting, embroidery and pompom making.

Topley shares her practice through workshops, exhibitions and performances, and has recently presented work at the Red Gallery and Lights of Soho, London, at the Make||Sound Festival, Leicester and the Dirty Electronics Ugly Weekender, Nottingham.

Her research contributed to a collaborative paper presented at New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) 2016 and she completed two residencies at the Royal College of Music, Stockholm in 2014 and 2016. She has performed within events such as LLEAPP 2015, De Montfort University and the Noise Colloquium, University of Greenwich and was a co-organiser of the Art & Sound Symposium, Leicester in 2015.

Topley is currently undertaking an MA by Research at the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre, De Montfort University, where she also lectures in experimental music technology and community arts practice.

MA by Research
(supervisors: Dr. John Richards & Dr. Pete Batchelor)
De Montfort University, Leicester UK
Oct 2014-

BA (Hons) Music, Technology and Performance
De Montfort University, Leicester UK
June 2014: 1st Class

Freelance Music Facilitator
soundLINCS, East Midlands UK
Dec 2015-

Part-time Lecturer
(modules: Creating with Technology and Music, Media and Community Arts)
Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre
De Montfort University, Leicester UK
Oct 2015-

Education Co-ordinator/Public Programmes Co-ordinator
National Space Centre, Leicester UK
Oct 2004-April 2015