Kel Smith is a composer, designer, author and technologist based in the United States. Much of his recent work centers on the use of emerging sound and visual platforms to help people living with disabilities and chronic illness. Mr. Smith is the author of the book Digital Outcasts: Moving Technology Forward Without Leaving People Behind, which explores the historical and cultural influence that people with disabilities have on design innovation. Mr. Smith has delivered over 100 presentations in seven countries, including talks at Google, SXSW and the Royal National Institute of the Blind, and he has been interviewed on CBC Radio's "The Current," The Globe & Mail Canada, The Austin Chronicle and the BBC Ouch! Network among others.
Mr. Smith composes and records as Suss Müsik, creating “post-classical ambient minimalism for crepuscular airports.” The sound of real instruments is replicated electro-acoustically using archaic technology that frequently malfunctions. The project is headquartered in North America, with various collaborators located throughout the world. Suss Müsik began releasing material in the summer of 2015 and had two pieces featured on the CHOQ Quebec radio program “La Rivière.”