I am a composer and sound artist creating works with visionary artists around the globe.


Ellen Reid and HOPSCOTCH featured in the New Yorker

Alex Ross wrote a beautiful article about HOPSCOTCH.


HOPSCOTCH in the New York Times

Ellen Reid and Yuval Sharon talk about HOPSCOTCH with Will Robin of the New York Times


New commission from LAPQ!

My new piece for LAPQ will be featured on a Sono Luminus Release with Chris Cerrone, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Daniel Bjarnason and Andrew McIntosh

I grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee – a small town in East Tennessee that was created as part of the Manhattan Project. I never dreamt that writing music could be a viable career path, but I started composing my sophomore year of college and haven’t stopped since. As a kid, I casually sang in choir, played piano and percussion. As an undergrad at Columbia University I was exposed to the kaleidoscopic sound world that is New York City. Within weeks I saw an installation of amplified lightbulbs at The Stone, a concert of Wagner’s Ring Cycle at Carnegie Hall that gave me synethsesia and heard my first Indian Raga. These experiences expanded my understanding of what music could be, and created an insatiable love of sound that has taken me all over the globe.   

In Thailand, I lived and collaborated with Thai artists for several years. We created pieces for the United Nations and the Patravadi Theater. My site-specific installation Lonely Traveler was featured in the 2011 Ruhrtriennale in Essen Germany, and She Gone Rogue (dir Rhys Ernst and Zackary Drucker) was featured in the 2012 Hammer Biennial (LA) and 2014 Whitney Biennial. Last summer, I traveled with members of wild Up and Jodie Landau to Reykjavik, Iceland to create You of All Things with the Bedroom Community. And this past winter, I received a Young Composer Award to perform Push/Pull at the Residenz in Munich. I split my time between my two favorite cities – Los Angeles, where I attended CalArts for my MFA (2011) and New York.

My upcoming projects include HOPSCOTCH (dir Yuval Sharon), Winter’s Child (with Beth Morrison Projects, dir James Darrah), various projects with wild Up, Knoxville: Summer of 2015 (text by Royce Vavrek, commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects and VisionIntoArt), The Colony, a feature film with Sarah Adina Smith, an album with Jodie Landau and Unison, a film with Zackary Drucker. And there’s more… Stay tuned!

In Development

My upcoming projects include:


with Yuval Sharon and The Industry

Winter’s Child

with Beth Morrison Projects

Knoxville: Summer of 2015

commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects
and VisionIntoArt

The Colony

a feature film with Sarah Adina Smith


a piece with Zackary Drucker

Ellen Reid at work