Samuel Hertz (b. Washington, DC, USA) is a composer and researcher working with sound-sensing networks of environmental science research, whose works span electronic music, interstellar radio transmissions, deep sea broadcasts, and doom metal concerts. Hertz’s work has recieved praise for its immersive, highly textural and intense qualities. In addition to his solo work, he is a frequent collaborator and sound designer for choreographic and theatrical projects, often designing experimental, immersive atmospheres that use performative sound in highly non-traditional ways.

His work has been exhibited and performed in the Ars Electronica Festival (AT), Palais de Tokyo (FR), Akademie der Künste (DE), Pioneer Works/Wave Farm (US), the Onassis Foundation (GR), Kunstmuseum Bonn (DE), Biennale for Sound and Listening (DK), National Science + Media Museum (UK), and the International Space Station, among others. In collaborative performance contexts, his work has been presented in venues such as Tanzplattform Deutschland 2020/2022, ImPulsTanz, Sophiensaele, BONE Festival for Performance Art, Videonale.19, and the Macerata Opera Festival, among many others. 

Hertz is a graduate of the prestigious Mills College Center for Contemporary Music, where he studied electronic music and composition with Maggi Payne, Pauline Oliveros, Zeena Parkins, Fred Frith and Roscoe Mitchell. Hertz is currently a AHRC/Techne-funded PhD candidate at the Royal Holloway, University of London Centre for GeoHumanities, researching sound-sensing networks of climate change research at the scales of the atmospheric, geologic, and bioacoustic conservation.