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JINGLE THIS

a post election single.

And bastard brother of CIRCUS SCREAMS. 

 

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about

 

Birthed in the engine room of a steamboat, Samson Y Hiss (sam(p)-sən wī his) exited the womb to the sounds of creaking wood, hissing steam, and clapping mechanics. At the age of 12 he jumped ship and was adopted by Austrian gypsies who trained him in the art of composing and organ grinding. Sleight of hand and chicanery soon followed. Hiding out in an abandoned church after selling snake oil to a mute child, Samson Y Hiss armed himself with a bass drum and wig, and marched past the authorities to the open road. Realizing the elusive power of his performance he began conjuring up grander musical schemes. When not composing circus music or skirting the law, he can be found on the pier playing multiple instruments on a unicycle.

Samson Y Hiss spent his formative years studying piano and performance at the Olympia Piano Academy in Olympia, WA—which has since disbanded. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Technology from Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY. He studied choral music at the International School of Music in Salzburg, Austria. He fell in love with the pipe organ while touring Germany. Hiss has studied composition with Richard Burchard, Belinda Reynolds, and Elinor Armer.

Leaving gasps in his wake, Samson Y Hiss is a world record holder for the Most Musical Instruments Played While Riding a Unicycle. Believe it. Similar musical acts of astonishment are currently underway. Samson Y Hiss lives in Oakland, CA. 

 
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works

Jingle This Remix 13

Composed for the Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Jingle Competition (2015)

SOLO ACT

Composed for a Master's Portfolio. Performed by Samson Y Hiss (2013)

witch bounce

Performed by Sqwonk at the house of Belinda Reynolds (2010)

 

music

CIRCUS SCREAMS

"Sounding as sinister as a house of horrors kept by some weirdo..." - Chris Spector, Midwest Record

"Listening to this album is probably going to make everyone a little uncomfortable, but like any circus disaster,

you're oddly unable to turn away." - Tom Haugen, The Daily Vault

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CONTACT

For scores, commissions, or hairy performances, reach out.

Email: hiss@samsonyhiss.com

Phone: 510-927-4477