Ellery Royston is a composer and sound artist. Her interests lie in using natural data, ideally real-time, in multi-channel sound installation as a way of exploring ecological and social systems. Recently, she has created installations using live geomagnetic data, historical data about civilizations over time, and weather data about tides, for example. Humanity is in the middle of many existential threats in the form of climate change, mass species extinctions and ecosystem collapse, all stemming from a disconnect with our place as a part of a complex ecological system. She believes that because sound has emotional resonance, it can help us understand in an affective way these larger systems. Her aim is to create soundscapes that allow people to have an intimate experience while at the same time feeling connected to the world around them.
Royston was a researcher and programmer at The Office for Creative Research, a multidisciplinary research group exploring new modes of engagement with data, where she worked on projects for institutions such as MoMa and The Ford Foundation. She is also affiliated with the acclaimed theater group Elevator Repair Service, and Sibyl Kempson’s 7 Daughters of Eve Theater & Performance Co. She holds a B.A. in Electronic Music Composition and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Computer Science from Mills College, as well as an M.F.A. in Performance and Interactive Media Arts from Brooklyn College.