About

Bethan Kellough is a composer and sound artist from Scotland, now based in Los Angeles. She specializes in creating immersive sound-worlds in music composition, sound design and installation work. Her EP Aven (Touch, 2016) was included in Rolling Stone’s “20 Best Avant Albums of 2016”, and has been described as “a film you watch with your ears” (Tiny Mix tapes), a “divine debut” (Boomkat), and “earthy and fantastical” (Norman Records)”. She composed additional music for Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life (2019), and has an ongoing collaboration with filmmaker and cinematographer Tim Sessler, which began with his short film WOLAKOTA.

Her sound design work includes Eliza McNitt’s VR series Spheres (nominated for a MPSE Golden Reel Award for Sound Editing, winner of 2018 Venice Film Festival “Best Virtual Reality” Award), and Geoff Marslett’s animated short Phantom 52 which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2019. Both of these projects feature her field recordings, drawing from her continually expanding library of sounds from across the globe. This includes an ambisonic sound library made in Old Delhi for the film Gali Guleiyan (In the Shadows) (2018), and recordings made in the Atacama desert in Chile on assignment for the New York Times Magazine Voyages Issue: Listen to the World (September 2018).

Educated at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, Kellough was awarded a PhD in Sonic Arts in 2015, researching immersive sound-worlds, spatial aesthetics and the interactions between sonically and visually articulated spaces. She has exhibited and performed internationally including at Night of 100 Solos (Merce Cunningham Centennial) in Los Angeles; at MUMUTH Ligeti Hall, Austria; Driftworks/Desert X, Resonant forms and Touch Conference, USA; Ekko Festival and Borealis Festival, Norway; Gallery of Russian Art and Design, UK; Jardins Efemeros, Portugal; and The Global Composition, Germany.

For more information please see Curriculum Vitae