Phill Niblock (USA) — video and sound installation
Phill Niblock is a New York-based minimalist composer and multi-media musician and director of Experimental Intermedia, a foundation born in the flames of 1968’s barricade-hopping. He has been a maverick presence on the fringes of the avant garde ever since. In the history books Niblock is the forgotten Minimalist. That’s as maybe: no one ever said the history books were infallible anyway.
His influence has had more impact on younger composers such as Susan Stenger, Lois V Vierk, David First, and Glenn Branca. He’s even worked with Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Lee Renaldo on Guitar two, for four which is actually for five guitarists. This is Minimalism in the classic sense of the word, if that makes sense. Niblock constructs big 24-track digitally-processed monolithic microtonal drones. The result is sound without melody or rhythm. Movement is slow, geologically slow. Changes are almost imperceptible, and his music has a tendency of creeping up on you. The vocal pieces are like some of Ligeti’s choral works, but a little more phased. And this isn’t choral work. A Y U (as yet untitled) is sampled from just one voice, the baritone Thomas Buckner. The results are pitch shifted and processed intense drones, one live and one studio edited. Unlike Ligeti, this isn’t just for voice or hurdy gurdy. Like Stockhausen’s electronic pieces, Musique Concrete, or even Fripp and Eno’s No Pussyfooting, the role of the producer/composer in Hurdy Hurry and A Y U is just as important as the role of the performer.
Guy De Bievre (B) — live guitar
Self taught composer, arranger, musician, sound engineer and sound designer.
I seem to have decided to quit writing (late) 20th Century music in 1999. Before that my music has been commissioned and/or performed by musicians such as Guy Klucevsek, Seth Josel, Anne La Berge, The Bozza Mansion Project, Gene Carl, Annette Sachs, Zivatar Trio and various local and international organizations. ‘Polka Dots and Laser Beams’ was recorded by Guy Klucevsek and the Ain’t Nothin’ But a Polka Band and issued on CD on the Japanese Eva label and the Italian Pierrot Lunaire label; other works have been recorded and broadcast by the Flemish Public Radio. In 2002 a collaboration with Phill Niblock was published on the Ringtones CD (Touch).
Currently, after a long period of inactivity as such, I am again active as a performer (microphone, guitar and computer), which recently resulted in collaborations with composers Phill Niblock, Tom Hamilton and Peter Zummo. As a composer/performer I now focus on experiments which combine computer, live electronics, acoustics and standard arrangement formats. In addition to all this I am freelancing as a sound engineer, sound designer and advisor, microcontroller developer for various organizations and artists and I am the curator of the audio art series Earwitness at CCNOA (Center for Contemporary Non Objective Art).
Thursday 11/02/2010 – 18h30
Hogeschool Sint Lukas Brussel
Paleizenstraat 70 • 1030 Brussel
Lokaal M32 • Toegang GRATIS
IMPACT sessions – www.impactsessions.be – is een nieuwe performance reeks van Transmedia, Hogeschool Sint Lukas Brussel