CHAINES (Cee Haines) is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and artist based in Manchester, UK, who writes surreal and fantastical electronica and electro-acoustic music. Their album The King was received with enthusiastic critical praise– ranked in FACT magazine’s top 25 albums of 2018’s first quarter, made Boomkat’s album of the week, and Robert Barry of The Wire called it ‘vast in scope, rich in execution’. Their live set uses tracks from the record as a springboard for solo, semi-improvised electro-acoustic performance, which the Guardian has called ‘a mesmeric collage of ecclesiastical beauty and creeping dread’.
CHAINES has also worked extensively with the London Contemporary Orchestra, including electro-acoustic commissions across both small and orchestral ensembles, premiering works at venues including The Royal Albert Hall (BBC Proms 2018), Tate Modern (Uniqlo’s Tate Lates series 2017) and the Roundhouse (Ron Arad’s Curtain Call 2016). They have been in residency with SAY award winner Anna Meredith, and Grammy Award winner Imogen Heap, improvising, performing and producing audio and video. CHAINES received an Oram Award 2019 (New BBC Radiophonic Workshop/PRS Foundation) for innovation in sound and creative technologies. CHAINES’ practice is diverse taking in painting, new forms of gaming, and screen-based work mixing tensions of transfigured bodies and philosophical horror.
They will present their work The Prototype in an Attic. Green Four Forest, Oak Stump, Tree Creature, Witch Fruit. These are a few of the ingredients in CHAINES’ object based, tactile card game. Playing without looking– intuition and circumstance, un-augmenting reality across place and time. A space for thought and interaction– “..all things interconnect.. [and manifest] as.. communication”.
They are a part of SHAPE platform in 2019.