Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith's formative years were spent communing with nature on Orcas Island in the northwest region of Washington state, a place she describes as "one of the most magical and peaceful places I have ever been." Though she wouldn't begin experimenting with modular synthesis until many years later, her creative work continues to be infused with and inspired by the vitality and serenity of Orcas.
Smith left the island to attend Berklee College of Music, where she studied composition and sound engineering, initially focusing on her voice as her primary instrument, before switching to classical guitar and piano. She employed many of the skills she refined in college in her indie-folk band Ever Isles, but a fateful encounter with a neighbor who lent her a Buchla 100 synthesizer, had a profound effect on her. Mesmerized by the Buchla’s potential, she explains "I got so distracted and enamored with the process of making sounds with it that I abandoned the next Ever Isles album." Starting with rhythmic patterns and melodic pulses, she soon began sculpting lush and exciting worlds of sound.

Selected Press

...one of the most pioneering musicians in the world.

  • Dazed
  • …an entrancing…playful, engaging, and often incredibly soothing synth odyssey…

  • Gorilla vs. Bear
  • It's electronic music, but it registers as organic...It's hard to tell where human sounds end and mechanical sounds begin.

  • Pitchfork
  • ...gorgeous, droning ambience...

  • Brooklyn Vegan
  • ...mind-expanding suites of melody and unhurried curiosity.

  • Decoder Magazine
  • ...adventurous, mesmerizing sonic compositions which cause me to remember my love of music in the early days of electronic sound making machines.

  • Reggie Watts
  • ...sheer poetry: charming, playful, evocative, and showing mastery of her medium.

  • Suzanne Ciani