Sam Wray
Creative Technologist

Digital Artist, musician, Louis Theroux lookalike. 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.
2017-04-01 - 2018-10-11
Creative Technologist
Working in mostly a front-end capacity, work included microsites, large-scale e-commerce websites, interactive experiences using Canvas, prototyping tools for internal use
  • Introduced a git-based workflow to the development team
  • Created and implemented a use-case for Vue.JS to speed up and unify frontend development
  • Contributed to the world's first Google Assistant "Voice Search" white-paper by building the data collection tool
Kitty: BetVictor
2017-04-01 - 2017-06-01
Lead Developer
Betting Calculator
  • Application can be installed as a PWA on compatible devices
  • A functional betting engine was build separate from the UI as a node module to keep the codebase clean
  • VueJS and a webpack/vue prerender plugin was used to ensure SEO results were kept high
Games for the Many: CorbynRun
2017-4-01 - 2017-5-08
The viral game that took the General Election 2017 by storm and reached over 2 million people. The music composed for CorbynRun is a cover of "Bandiera Rossa", created using a Nintendo Game Boy, heralded by the BBC as "Incredibly Annoying".
    Livity UK: Dyson
    2016-12-01 - 2017-02-01
    Technical Lead
    The Smart Rooms was a two-day pop-up challenge held by Dyson to find the brightest software engineering minds to fuel its technology pipeline. There is a full write-up on my portfolio:
    • Technical consultant for game designs
    • Web based control panel for starting livestreamed participation, switching rooms, games and lights
    • Arduino based devices for in-game interactivity
    • All built primarily within two weeks
    Buzz Jam/Red Bull/Sony Music/WMAS/YGN
    2016-09-16 - 2016-09-18
    BuzzJam 2016 hackday instrument. MIDI Controller/Lighting Controller/stand-alone sampler. Read more here:
    • Building from abstract brief
    • Using previously unknown technologies to complete the project
    • Raspberry Pi and Arduino based controls
    • All built in three days
    Buzz Jam/Red Bull/Sony Music/WMAS/YGN
    2015-09-19 - 2015-09-20
    BuzzJam 2015 hackday instrument built using Game Boys and Guitar Hero controllers. Read more here:
    • Building from abstract brief
    • Using previously unknown technologies to complete the project
    • Raspberry Pi, Game Boy and Arduino based controllers
    • All built in two days
    2014-05-01 - 2015-06-01
    Junior Developer
    • Building and maintaining a realtime game system holding 30,000 users simultaneously
    • Successfully working with the team to create style guidelines and implement a front-end framework
    • Pairing with developers to assist and aid ASP.NET development tasks
    PJ Studio | Creative Media Ltd
    2012-03-01 - 2014-01-01
    Web Developer
    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
      2013-10-01 - 2013-10-01
      Web Developer
      Edited a hack day app with involvement from the Department for International Development.
        Blue Flame Media Ltd
        2013-04-01 - 2013-05-01
        Web Developer
        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
          2011-06-01 - 2011-07-01
          Software and Systems researcher
          Researched the best web player and video codecs for their online library service.
            { Live : JS }
            2016-12-02 - Current
            Visualist & Musician
            { Live : JS } is a collective of audio and visual artists who build live experiences, shows and installations using custom projects and tools built within the web browser. Notable work includes speaking and performing at dotJS 2016 and the JSConf EU 2018 opening.
              Young Rewired State
              2013-08-01 - 2014-08-01
              Volunteer and music event organiser
              Guided and taught young programmers over the course of one week each year, in 2014 I was also in charge of contacting, booking and managing the musicians for the Friday evening.
                Plymouth Musical Activities Club
                2012-10-01 - 2013-12-01
                Guitar teacher and audio technician
                  Southwest Film and Television Archive
                  2009-05-01 - 2011-08-01
                  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.
                    Plymouth University
                    Digital Art and Technology - Bachelor [Second Class Honours (Upper Division) with Certificate of Professional Industrial Experience]
                    2012-07-01 - 2016-06-01
                    { Live : JS } @ dotJS 2016
                    Sam Wray / Tim Pietrusky
                    Sam and Tim have an extreme passion for music, visualisations and JavaScript. In 2016 they met each other for the first time and decided to combine their projects into one massive audio & visual live performance. This is their story.

                    Sam Wray
                    modV is an open-source audio visualisation environment, written in Google Chrome. It is my pet project for learning new web technologies and my main tool when VJing at shows.

                    Webster Award
                    The Webster Family
                    Awarded for my final year University project, Melodal
                    Hack the Visual [hackathon]
                    Imaging Mind / Canon
                    'Splatmap' - First place
                    McDonald's Hackathon
                    McDonald's EU
                    'Big Hack with Fries' - First place
                    Native speaker
                    • JavaScript (incl. Node.JS)
                    • XHTML
                    • CSS
                    • HTML Canvas
                    • WebGL
                    • Vue (incl. Vuex, Router)
                    • Webpack
                    • Bash
                    • Python
                    • SQL
                    • MongoDB
                    Physical Computing
                    • Arduino
                    • Teensy
                    • ESP8266
                    • IoT
                    • Music composition
                    • Blender
                    • Adobe CC
                    • Event management
                    • Online community management
                    • Using retro computer and gaming hardware to create modern, interesting music (search '2xAA music')
                    • Composing
                    • Visualisation

                    Phil Johns
                    During the period of time that Sam worked with us at PJ Studio as one of our web developers, he added a strong arm to the team. With briefs being passed to him in a variety of formats, Sam was quick to work out the best solution and put it in to practice; even when the outcome desired by our clients or creative team members wasn't straight forward. Sam was a truly positive addition to the studio.