Robin Rimbaud, alias Scanner (1964, London, UK) is a composer whose work traverses the experimental terrain between sound, space and image. Since 1991 he has been intensely active in sonic art, producing concerts, installations and recordings, the albums Mass Observation (1994), Delivery (1997), and The Garden is Full of Metal (1998) hailed by critics as innovative and inspirational works of contemporary electronic music.
Committed to working with cutting edge practitioners he has collaborated on projects with Bryan Ferry, Wayne MacGregor, Merce Cunningham, Mike Kelley, Miroslaw Balka, Michael Nyman, Carsten Nicolai, Steve McQueen, Stella McCartney, Laurie Anderson and Hussein Chalayan, amongst others.
Scanner first worked with Artangel on Surface Noise (1998), then on NightJam (2006), before working on the sound design for Sukhdev Sandhu's Night Haunts (2006) and performing Haunted Lullabies: A Psalm for London's Night Soul a collaborative work with Sandhu at the Because the Night event the same year.
He scored the hit musical comedy Kirikou & Karaba (2007), designed the sound for the Philips Wake-Up Light (2009), and campaigns for Sprint Telephones (2012), Stella McCartney (2016) and Christian Dior (2017). For the UK Olympics Scanner scored The Big Dance in Trafalgar Square for 1000 dancers and the re-opening of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, in the company of Queen Beatrix. In 2012 he toured with Live_Transmission: Joy Division Reworked with Heritage Orchestra, and in 2014 was Visiting Artist at MIT in the USA.
He scored Dutch National Ballet’s and ISH’s Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, and Rambert Dance’s Tomorrow in 2016. His work Salles des Departs is permanently installed in a hospital morgue in Paris, and Water Drops in Rijeka Airport in Croatia. His work has been presented throughout the United States, South America, Asia, Australia and Europe.