CHAINES (Cee Haines, they/them) is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and multimedia artist based in Manchester UK, who writes surreal and fantastical electronica and electro-acoustic music. In June 2019 they won an Oram award from the PRS Foundation and BBC New Radiophonic workshop for innovation in music, sound and related technologies. Their album, ‘The King’, was received with enthusiastic critical praise; it was ranked in FACT magazine’s top 25 albums of 2018’s first quarter, was made Boomkat’s album of the week, and Robert Barry of The Wire called it ‘vast in scope, rich in execution’. Their live performance has been called ‘a mesmeric collage of ecclesiastical beauty and creeping dread’ by the Guardian.
In addition to their solo electronic work, CHAINES has also worked extensively with the London Contemporary Orchestra. Commissions for the LCO have always been electro-acoustic in nature, using both small and orchestral scale ensembles with electronics, premiering works at venues such as The Royal Albert Hall (BBC Proms, 2018), Tate Modern (Uniqlo’s Tate Lates series, 2017) and the Roundhouse (Ron Arad’s Curtain Call, 2016). The have premiered work-in-progress electro-acoustic opera Lambs at The Royal Opera House with composer Laura Bowler and director Daisy Evans (Engender Festival, 2021), and they have been in residency with SAY award winner Anna Meredith, and Grammy Award winner Imogen Heap, improvising, performing and producing audio and video.
As of 2021, Cee lectures in Sound Art and Composition with Technology (SCoWT) at the Royal Nothern College of Music (Manchester, UK).