Ela Orleans is an electronic artist, performer, academic and cinematic composer based in Glasgow.
She fashions elegant, noir-ish laments, lush and atmospheric fractured narratives inspired by influences ranging from Broadcast to Ethiopiques compilations to Bernard Herrmann film scores. As a solo artist, Orleans has been releasing albums since her debut Low Sun/High Moon in 2008 and has received international critical acclaim for her growing catalogue of work.
Orleans has toured the UK, Europe, USA and Canada, and her work has been presented at PS1MoMA, New York; MoCA Massachusetts; the Venice Biennale and TATE Britain. She has worked on several albums, film soundtracks, theatre and opera, and completed a remix of new age pioneer, Laraaji for Warp. Her album Circles Of Upper and Lower Hell was shortlisted for the 2017 Scottish Album of the Year 2017.
Cryptic Commissions include:
An audiovisual composition marking the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, taking inspiration from a forgotten work by 18th century poet Edward Young and created with unlimited access to NASA’s massive 1969 archive.