Phill Niblock films and music
05 Feb 2019
Unipolar Dance (2103)
Pauline Kim Harris, Conrad Harris, violin: recorded samples; David Maranha, violin live
Neil Leonard, tenor saxophone: recorded samples
David Watson, bagpipes, recorded samples
Lore Lixenberg, voice; Guy De Bievre, lap steel guitar: recorded samples
Figura da mais crucial importância no evoluir da estética minimalista ao longo dos últimos cinquenta anos, explora, normalmente através da incorporação de um conjunto de instrumentos convencionais como a guitarra eléctrica, o violino ou a flauta, as possibilidades microtonais do drone – aquilo a que Charles Ives chamou em tempos “as notas entre as ranhuras” –, criando um corpo de trabalho absolutamente singular, de permanente reequacionamento, sem paralelo na música contemporânea.
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Phill Niblock is an intermedia artist using music, film, photography, video
and computers. He makes thick, loud drones of music, filled with
microtones of instrumental timbres which generate many other tones in
the performance space. Simultaneously, he presents films / videos which
look at the movement of people working, or computer driven black and
white abstract images floating through time. He was born in Indiana in
1933. Since the mid-60's he has been making music and intermedia performances which have been
shown at numerous venues around the world among which: The Museum
of Modern Art; The Wadsworth Atheneum; the Kitchen; the Paris Autumn
Festival; Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels; Institute of Contemporary Art,
London; Akademie der Kunste, Berlin; ZKM; Carpenter Center for the
Visual Arts at Harvard; World Music Institute at Merkin Hall NYC. Since
1985, he has been the director of the Experimental Intermedia Foundation
in New York where he has been an artist/member since 1968. He is the producer of Music and
Intermedia presentations at EI since 1973 (about 1000 performances) and
the curator of EI's XI Records label. In 1993 he was part of the formation
of an Experimental Intermedia organization in Gent, Belgium - EI v.z.w.
Gent - which supports an artist-in-residence house and installations there.
Phill Niblock's music is available on the XI, Moikai, Mode and Touch labels.
DVDs of films and music are available on the Extreme label, on the Mode
Records label, and on the VonArchives label.