Dr Hali Santamas

Technical Demonstrator: Music Production

School of Performance & Media Production

E: m.santamas@yorksj.ac.uk

T: 87 6148

Staff profile photo for Hali Santamas

I am a producer, field recordist, photographer and installation artist based in West Yorkshire. I achieved a first with honours in BA Music Technology and Popular Music and a practice-based PhD in Sound Art entitled 'The Space Between: Time, Memory & Transcendence in Audio-Photographic Art' at the University of Huddersfield.

I support staff and students in a multitude of areas including but not limited to:

  • Software skills - Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, Ableton Live, Reaper, Reaktor, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Lightroom, InDesign and numerous standalone FFT processing programs.
  • Hardware/practical skills - Studio recording techniques, analogue and digital signal routing, audio interface troubleshooting, field recording practice and surround sound practice.

When not supporting students and staff as a Technical Demonstrator, I am also a Visiting Lecturer in Fine Art & Photography at YSJ specialising in video skills and a part time lecturer in Computer Composition at the University of Huddersfield teaching practical skills in electronic music, surround sound and audiovisual composition.

Further Information


Outside of my role at York St. John, I am an independent practice-based researcher and have presented my work in the UK, Europe and North America. 

My interdisciplinary practice explores atmosphere, temporality and memory in the context of immersive audio-photographic installation art.

More recently I have been researching transcendent queer aesthetics, identity and memory in audio-photographic art.

Professional Activities

As a practising sound artist I continue to work on both solo and collaborative electronic music projects for commercial release, audiovisual installation artworks, live performances and regular field recording excursions.

I am also occasionally commissioned to complete visual artwork for clients such as bands and breweries, most prominently creating a series of images for the internationally recognised and award winning Cloudwater Brew Co.. Through Cloudwater Hali’s work has been displayed at the Tate Modern and exported around the world.


Book Chapter

Santamas, H., 2014. Audio-Photographic Art: An introduction to music and photography as a single art object. In: R. Hepworth-Sawyer, J. Hodgson, R. Toulson and J.. Paterson, eds., Innovation in music 2013. Future Technology Press, pp.94 – 100.



Santamas, H., 2017. Shifting Temporal Planes: Affective Temporality in Immersive Audio-Photographic Installation Art. International Journal on Stereo & Immersive Media, [online] 1.


Conference Proceedings

Adkins, M. and Santamas, H., 2014. Exploring the Perception and Identity of Place in Sound and Image. In: Invisible Places, Sounding Cities: Sound, Urbanism and Sense of Place. Invisible Places, Sounding Cities. Viseu, Portugal.


Conference Presentations

Santamas, H., 2018. Feeling Light and Sound: atmosphere, memory & immanence in audio-photographic art. Atmospheres. University of Surrey.

Santamas, H., 2017b. Queerness in the Space Between: affective queer experience in sound and photography. Activating Inclusive Sound Spaces. University of Huddersfield.

Santamas, H., 2017a. Audio-Photographic Art: Creating Affective Spaces with Sound and Photography. Sounding Out The Space. Dublin Institute of Technology.

Santamas, H., 2016. Shifting Temporal Planes: affective temporality in immersive audio-photographic installation art. Stereo & Immersive Media 2016. Universidade Lusófona.

Santamas, H., 2013b. Composing in the ‘new aesthetics’: atmosphere as compositional material in audio-photographic art. Seeing Sound. Bath Spa University.

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