Luke Smiles

The introduction of a Commodore 64 computer into the family home in the early 1980ʼs began Lukeʼs fascination with computers and sound. Having had no formal musical training but instead yielding to a keen interest in how things work, Luke has developed a unique rapport among choreographers & directors in the development of soundtracks for dance, theatre & film.

Lukeʼs appreciation of cinema has inspired a diverse sound making practice and led him to work in areas including music composition, sound design, foley and sound effects editing. Luke is renowned for producing detailed soundtracks with a focus on a complete sound experience, a quality that sees his work in great demand both nationally and around the world, and awarded him a Helpmann Awards nomination (2013) for Best Sound Design (Windmill Theatre – School Dance).

Working under his business name motion laboratories Luke has composed and produced soundtracks for many Australian and International artists & companies such as: Australian Dance Theatre, Bare Bones Dance Company (UK), Brink Productions, Belvoir, Byron Perry, Chunky Move, Dancenorth, Frontier Danceland (Singapore), Gabrielle Nankivell, Nederlands Dans Theatre (Holland), Ox (Belgium/Slovenia), Rachel Arianne Ogle, Rambert Dance Company (UK), Sydney Dance Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Tasdance, The Farm, West Australian Ballet & Windmill Theatre Co.

His soundtracks have been presented in venues across the world and experienced by audiences in; Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Luxemburg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, UK & USA.



We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and perform. Long before we performed on this land, it played host to the dance expression of our First Peoples. We pay our respects to their Elders — past, present and emerging — and acknowledge the valuable contribution they have made and continue to make to the cultural landscape of this country.

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