About

“Something Special” (Round and Round Records) “A slick and imaginative foray into left-field composition and experimental soundscapes” (Weirdowasteland)

Cayn Borthwick is an award-winning composer, multi-instrumentalist and researcher based in Naarm/Melboure. He creates left-field experimental dance pop, art music and public art installations. He has been described as “a persuasive compositional voice” (Sydney Morning Herald) creating a “completely transportive listening experience” (Trouble Juice).

Cayn is a PhD candidate at Melbourne University. His research and practice is concerned with sonification in interactive composition, the auditory sublime and the relationship of humans, technology and the environment. He is an avid surfer and interweaves themes of ocean, surfing and sound. His interactive installation work with Playable Streets has been commissioned throughout Australia including The Sydney Opera House, Australia Museum, MPavillion and Artplay. Cayn has composed for the Arcadia Winds Ensemble, Speak Percussion, The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Fringe Festival and was a 2021 Hatched Academy Composer for Ensemble Offspring.

He is a writer and performer for critically acclaimed bands NO ZU, Mighty Duke and the Lords, Sui Zhen and Cong Josie. He has toured Australia, the UK, Europe, the USA, New Zealand and Russia, performing at SXSW, Strelka Summer Festival and Primavera Sound, Meredith Music Festival, Falls Festival, and Dark Mofo.