SongVault Artist Profile
New York, United States
Ambient / Chillout / Lounge
Sonanaut is the project of New York based Simon Smart a Welshman by birth. Simon spent most of his career in London and moved to New York in 2005. He has worked in the US and Europe as a recording and mix engineer. A significant volume of his work was done at Londonís Abbey Road Studios
As a composer heís written music for commercials and documentaries and his work includes the UK Channel 4 Station Ident
Simonís first album as Sonanaut was released on IVSI Records at the end of 2007. Itís a collection of works based on his response to his life in New York. Though itís an ambient chillout album itís very personal reflecting thoughts about people, some he knows and some he doesnít.
The album was chosen to be a sonic exhibit at an exhibition called ĎSonic-Selfí at the Chelsea Art Museum in New York.
Major musical influences include Steve Reich, FSOL, Bela Bartok, Bill Evans, Lyle Mays, Claus Ogerman, Claude Debussy, Massive Attack and Deep House.