Multi-instrumentalist and composer of ambient and electronic music, Shane Morris has spent most of his life exploring and cultivating sounds and their relationships. Inspired by nature, patterns, systems, and science, Morris weaves tribal rhythms, ethereal atmospheres, and digital electronica into mystic soundscapes that are rooted in traditions of the past while embracing contemporary technology. A solo musician since 2008, Shane Morris is a BMI recording artist with music released at Spotted Peccary/Lotuspike, Relaxed Machinery, and independently, as well as many releases licensed in Creative Commons.
Shane Morris is fluent with over 30 percussion and wind instruments from around the world and has been studying, performing, and recording for 25 years. Morris is also deeply involved in hardware and software synthesizers, digital processing, DiY electronics, generative systems, and field recordings, which are often combined with acoustic instruments in his works.
Apart from his solo works, Morris is a frequent collaborator both live and in-studio and worked with a number of artists including Mystified, Disturbed Earth, Dan Minoza, Palancar, Howard Moscovitz, Emerald Adrift, Pixyblink, Killerhaven, Modulator ESP, Kevin Kissinger, Q, Blue Hell, Jack Hertz, and Anton Mobin.
Morris received a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and Music from Missouri State University with a particular interest in ritual music of the African diaspora. Continuing his studies in percussion, Morris took workshops at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Ma. with Giovanni Hidalgo and Jamie Haddad, Humboldt State University in Arcata, Ca. with Michael Spiro, Los Munequitos de Matanzas, and Howard Kaufman, and Raleigh, NC. with Mamady Keita.
Shane Morris’ music is in regular rotation at Stillstream, Electro-music, Astreaux world, Zelest’s Asylum, and Soma fm’s drone zone dot coms. Morris has been featured on Hypnagogue, Sadayatana, Sounds of Ambience, and Lost Frontier podcasts. Morris’ music is also found on terrestrial FM radio programs in the U.S., such as Music with Space (Princeton, NJ), Innervisions (Berea, Kentucky), Night Tides (Kansas City, Mo.), Galactic Travels (Allentown, Pa), Secret Music (Fishkill, NY), Alien Air Music (Los Angeles, Ca.), NightSounds (Abilene, TX), and Star’s End (Philadelphia, Pa.)
An avid live performer and improviser, Morris is also a regular at Electro-Music festivals and the former City Skies. Other performances include small venue and living room concerts, and live streaming internet concerts both solo and networking with other artists in real-time.
A lover of the long-form approach in live music, Shane segues all compositions together in a continuous immersive sound field during live sets. Morris uses live looping, sampling, and sequencing in his live sets which are approached with a loose compositional arrangement, creating a balance of improvisation and structure.
In addition, Morris also co-owns and operates Ethereal Live with Dan Minoza, a net label dedicated to releasing live ambient music. He is an archivist at ambient internet radio station Stillstream.com and coordinates streaming internet concerts at radio.electro-music.com