Talking to Floating Points’ Sam Shepherd, neuroscience PhD turned electronic musician

(Louise Haywood-Schiefer) Tweet Share When electronic music gets described as “cerebral,” it usually just means a writer’s getting frisky with their adjectives. It means a little more applied to Sam Shepherd’s work as Floating Points: his elegant, complex compositions mirror the work he did to earn a PhD in neuroscience from University College London. Shepherd became an in-demand producer and DJ while still spending hours on research, and he’s since left science behind as a profession to focus on his musical career. Elaenia is Shepherd’s first full-length album, and it finds him leaving the dancefloor to realize a multi-disciplinary musical vision. There’s not much that’ll move your body on the album, but it’s patient, genteel, and ambitious, and it pulls from the worlds of jazz, classical music, and experimental synthesizer…


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