Sam Scranton (b. 1981) is a composer/performer working at the intersection of music, performance art, and installation. He has been described in New Music Box as "an artist taking wholehearted risks" and in the New York Times as a "killer drummer".
Recent projects include: Cool Slumber, for trombone, percussion, and 2-channel video, premiered by Weston Olencki and Sam Scranton; High Quality Final Days, an album of speech-generated compositions released on Parlour Tapes+; We Are Predatory, Air-Breathing, for alto sax, accordion, percussion, MIDI playback and TTS voice, commissioned by Gyre Ensemble; HOLOLITH, a durational work of speculative music, commissioned by Mocrep; and HOLOTYPE, premiered by Spektral Quartet and performed by JACK Quartet.
Sam has presented his work nationally and internationally at festivals and conferences such as Composit Festival, NUNC! 3, New Music Gathering, the International Conference on Music and Minimalism, and Omaha Under the Radar. As part of the band volcano!, Sam has performed onstage in Berlin, Moscow, London, and Paris, with albums released by Leaf Label (UK).
Currently, Sam lives and works in Chicago, pursuing a PhD in composition at Northwestern University