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Phill Niblock, No Fancy Name



Composer and filmmaker Phill Niblock constructs work that genuinely dominates space and time like few other artists. Niblock’s compositions are characterized by multi-track instrumental recordings with multiple tones sounding simultaneously for long stretches, creating a very dense and active textures of combination and interference tones. The durational sound pieces are usually accompanied by his remarkable films and videos which feature repetitive activities shot in workplaces around the world. For his Auditorium presentation he also showed collaborative work with video artist Katherine Liberovskaya.

Niblock has worked as the director of the Experimental Intermedia Foundation in New York since 1985, which he participated in as an artist/member since 1968. He has produced music and Intermedia presentations at EI since 1973, and is the curator of EI's XI Records label. He has collaborated with a wide range of musicians including David Gibson, in the cello works of the 1970s; Petr Kotik, Susan Stenger, and Eberhard Blum, on Four Full Flutes; Rafael Toral, David First, Lee Ranaldo, Thurston Moore, Susan Stenger, and Robert Poss on Guitar Too, for Four (G2,44+1x2) and many others. His first musical compositions date from 1968. Unusually, even among the avant-garde composers of his generation, he has no formal musical training. His compositions are worked out intuitively rather than systematically, and he cites the musical activities of New York in the 1960s as a stimulus.

Recorded live during AUDITORIUM, an extended evening of site-specific electronic and electroacoustic performances organized by artists/curators Lea Bertucci and Tristan Shepherd and co-presented by Clocktower and Knockdown Center on April 12, 2015. The focal point for the event was a custom-installed 10-channel sound system hung throughout Knockdown Center's cathedral-like space . The project commissioned new works from composers, instrumentalists, and audio artists to develop works uniquely suited to the site.
 

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