Sarah Angliss

composer | musician | robotic artist

Sarah Angliss

composer | musician | electronic artist

Portfolio: robotic art

Full of Noises automaton

In production: An automaton for Full of Noises Festival, Barrow-in-Furness. Covid lockdown permitting, this will be revealed to the public in summer 2021.

Ealing Feeder – robotic, polyphonic carillon

A 28 note robotic, polyphonic carillon built by Sarah Angliss to play riffs beyond the envelope of human performance. The machine enables tangible performances of algorithmic music controlled by a laptop.

Automatic pipe organ

A polyphonic 64-pipe self-playing table-top pipe organ, exhibited at Supersonic’s All Ears Festival, 2015. This was an attempt to make a portable automatic instrument that could play pneumatic versions of classic disco and electro hits and that was loud enough for festivals and parties.


One of my earliest automata, Ventricle is an oxblood red vintage handbag about the same age as my own heart. It opens and closes continually, in the rhythm of a human heartbeat. Exhibited at Kinetica 2011 then selected for temporary display in Gavin Turk and Deborah Curtis’ House of Fairytales.


Hugo – a roboticised, disembodied 1930s ventriloquist’s dummy – was one of the first automata I incorporated into my stage act, from around 2011. At the time, I made figurative pieces from modded found objects. Over the last decade I’ve moved away from these pieces in favour of automata that leave more space for the audience’s imagination. I now focus on automating sounding objects, rather than creating characters to interact with on stage.