wray.pro

The polyamorous relationship of music, programming, and visual arts.

Sam Wray, cross legged on the floor, in front of an interactive artwork made from zip ties

Creative Technologist, musician, visualist and artist.

Sam holds a degree in Digital Art and Technology from Plymouth University, attaining Second Class Honours (Upper Division) with Certificate of Professional Industrial Experience.

He enjoys creating immersive and thoughtful digital works, irl and url.

Skills

Software
  • JavaScript
  • Vue.js (& Vue ecosytem)
  • Svelte
  • React
  • Redux
  • A-Frame
  • THREE.js
  • WebXR (& ZapWorks, 8thwall)
  • Webpack
  • XHTML
  • CSS (& extensions)
  • Websockets
  • WebRTC
  • Canvas2D
  • WebGL
  • Electron
  • Processing
  • Unity
  • TouchDesigner
  • Mongo DB
  • MySQL
  • Heroku
  • PostgreSQL
Physical Computing
  • Arduino
  • Teensy
  • ESP8266
  • IoT
  • Raspberry Pi
Additional
  • Music composition
  • Audio visualisation
  • Blender
  • GLTF model optimisation
  • Adobe CC
  • Figma
  • Sketch
  • Event management

Experience

Virtonomy

Lead Software Engineer

04/2022 - present

publicis•poke

Senior Experience Technologist

10/2019 - 04/2022

Working in the Brand Experience team, I've created works over a range of mediums. AR, web, real-time interactive games, embedded computing, low-latency livestream video, and combined many old skills with newly learned ones.

  • Real-time web apps (THREE.js, A-Frame, Websockets)
  • Unity with ARCore
  • WebAR (8thwall, Zappar, WebXR)
  • Prismic and Vue.js website builds

TMW Unlimited

Senior Creative Technologist

12/2018 - 09/2019
  • Ideation and contribution to pitches and briefs
  • Interactive website prototyping and build with WebGL and Canvas
  • Infrastructure and devops with Azure
  • Sitecore and Vue.js integration

Choreocracy

Host & Creative Technologist

11/2018 - 11/2018

Stepping in for BAFTA award-winning Digital Artist Seb Lee-Delisle, I took over the role of co-host alongside the Record Breaking Dance Artist Tim Casson, for audience-driven interactive dance show Choreocracy. I learned the tech stack, the show routine and how to present over two practise runs - even helping out developing an integration for wirelessly synchronised LED shoes.

I had an excellent time working with the dancers, hosts and crew. I only wish I could've stayed on for more!

Kitty

Creative Technologist

09/2017 - 10/2018

Production of engaging SPA microsites using Canvas, SVG and CSS for interactive flair

  • Development of a large-scale eCommerce website with full internationalisation
  • Built the tool to create the industry first Voice Search Ranking Report with sister agency ROAST

BetVictor: Bet Calculator

Lead Developer

04/2017 - 06/2017

Working with BetVictor and Kitty, I built a dedicated betting engine using JavaScript for use within BetVictor's calculator.
The calculator was required to be a PWA. VueJS and a webpack/vue prerender plugin was used to ensure SEO results were kept high.

Dyson: The Smart Rooms

Technical Lead

12/2016 - 02/2017

Involvement with the game design to make sure the challenges made sense from a software engineering aspect and building anything technical the Smart Rooms required, either for its puzzles or general use.

https://wray.pro/the-smart-rooms/

Tellonline

Junior Developer

05/2014 - 06/2015
  • Designing and assisting within a team for the development of websites and digital media
  • Attend meetings with prospective clients
  • Quality control of websites and digital media during development and before handover
  • Handling clients daily, face to face, and via various communication mediums

PJ Studio | Creative Media Ltd

Web Developer

01/2012 - 01/2014

Part-time consultant and web-developer. Work includes templating websites in HTML and CSS, developing plugins with jQuery, JS work, PHP scripting and working with Wordpress.

Rewired State

Web Developer

10/2013 - 10/2013

Edited a hack day app with involvement from the Department for International Development.

Blue Flame Media Limited

Web Developer

04/2013 - 05/2013

Edited websites with a Wordpress CMS, added a booking system built in PHP and jQuery for a local client. Templated a website in HTML and CSS for their partner company Payment Nexus.

Southwest Film and Television Archive

Software and Systems researcher

06/2011 - 06/2011

Researched the best web player and video codecs for their online library service.

Film and Video Technician Volunteer

05/2009 - 08/2011

Cataloguing film and video, digitising video recorded on 1" tape, Betamax, VCR, sVHS, Telecine with 16mm film and also editing all the aforementioned formats using various editing processes with new and old equipment.

I thoroughly enjoyed giving my time to SWFTA, I learnt a lot about the older machinery, video production and Plymouth's history from working with the great team they have.

Awards and Achievements

Hack the Visual

06/2016

'Splatmap' - First place

The idea for this hack was to build a piece of software that would help people use their to phones capture 3D images and terrain of the streets, roads and landscape around them for use in videogames, architecture, modelling and history.

Read more about Splatmap

Webster Award

06/2016

Awarded by the Webster family for my final year project, Melodal.

Dropbox Hackathon

01/2015

Honourable mention

McDonald's Hackathon

11/2014

'Big Hack with Fries' - First place

McDonalds held their first hackathon in November 2014 which aimed to bring their millennial target audience into stores and to retain their custom.
The winning idea was inspired by Activision’s Skylanders; using purchasable figurines with built in NFC identification to change the characters you can control in the game. It was intended to make use of the existing McDonald’s Happy Meals structure, in which toys are included with the purchase of the meal. However for our idea to work, McDonalds would have had to upgrade the quality of their toys, include the NFC technology within the plastic of the toys and include NFC readers with large screens as tabletops in-store.

Watch McDonald's video on YouTube

Talks

Beyond The Chip

02/2020

In-depth interview with Marjorie Becker Shah, professional photographer and chiptune scene documentarian since 2006, delving into my roots, involvement and endeavours within the scene and beyond. Read here.

2xAA live - Dorkbot London #98

12/2019

A small explanation of my music set-up, accompanied by a live music performance.

"Woah! Is that OffscreenCanvas?" - dotJS 2018

11/2018

A small explanation and demo of the new OffscreenCanvas API, including the stuff that doesn't work and some potential use-cases. Video. Slides.

"Woah! Is that OffscreenCanvas?" - Reactivate London

10/2018

A small explanation and demo of the new OffscreenCanvas API, including the stuff that doesn't work and some potential use-cases. Video. Slides.

"{ live : js }" - FrankenJS

02/2017

Presenting how NERDDISCO and myself came together to use the browser to perform a full A/V show.

"{ live : js }" - dotJS 2016

12/2016

Presenting how NERDDISCO and myself came together to use the browser to perform a full A/V show, to 1000 attendees. Read more: dotJS 2016

2xAA plays his Game Boy - EMF 2014

08/2014

A performance and talk about the chiptune music I create on my Game Boy, along with specially written audience controlled visuals to go along with the set. Video.

/ Sam Wray