Friday 31 August 2018, 7.30pm
Delighted to welcome back New York-based minimalist composer and multi-media musician, Phill Niblock, for his first OTO show in over two years; this time as part of a double-header with artist, Tim Shaw, who explores the relationship between site and technology.
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. Niblock constructs big 24-track digitally-processed monolithic microtonal drones. Changes are almost imperceptible, and his music has a tendency of creeping up on you. He says: "What I am doing with my music is to produce something without rhythm or melody, by using many microtones that cause movements very, very slowly." Niblock's performances are almost always accompanied by his films - painstaking studies of manual labour, giving a poetic dignity to sheer gruelling slog of fishermen at work, rice-planters, log-splitters, water-hole dredgers and other back-breaking toilers. Since 1968 Phill has also put on over 1000 concerts in his loft space, including Ryoji Ikeda, Zbigniew Karkowski, Jim O'Rourke.
T M Shaw is an artist working with sound, light and communication media. Presenting work through musical performances, installations and sound walks Tim is interested in how listening environments can be constructed or explored using a diverse range of techniques and technologies. He works with field recordings, electronics, video, modular synthesis, sound objects, self-made hardware and DIY software. Recently his work has been presented at LUFF, Lausanne (2020), Cave12, Geneva (2020), Novas Frequencias, Rio de Janeiro (2019), SoundArtist.ru, Moscow (2019) CAMP, France (2019). Collaboration plays a central role in his approach, he has been lucky enough to make artistic work with Chris Watson, Phill Niblock, John Bowers, John Richards (Dirty Electronics), Martina Lussi, Tetsuya Umeda, Tess Denman-Cleaver, Ryoko Akama, Jacek Smolicki and Sébastien Piquemal.