NO LANDS is the recording project of electronic musician Michael Hammond.
No Lands released its debut album, Negative Space, to wide acclaim on New Amsterdam Records in summer 2014. The album has been called “one of the most thrilling headphone experiences of this year” [Tome to the Weather Machine] and “an LP that should find its way quite easily into a museum or a high art gallery… This is startling stuff” [PopMatters / 8.0 review].
As a sound designer, producer, and programmer, Hammond has fostered a lifelong obsession with sound. Growing up in West Tennessee in the 90s, Hammond first began his recording experiments on the family desktop computer, printing his sprawling opuses on CD-Rs and pushing the limits of primitive processors.
Later, Hammond spent time creating custom music software and soldering together speakers in a search for new sounds. Studying with visionary composer and instrument builder Dan Trueman, Hammond further honed his technical craft. As a sound designer and computer musician, Hammond has performed with yMusic, Matmos, Shara Worden, So Percussion, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Orchestra for the Next Century, Signal, and the Princeton Laptop Orchestra in venues including The Kitchen, Le Poisson Rouge, Zankel Hall, and the Kaufman Center. Michael has studied composition at Princeton with Dan Trueman, Perry Cook, Paul Lansky, Steven Mackey, and Annie Gosfield.