News Update | March 2015

The premiere of “Surge”, Phill Niblock’s first piece for analogue synthesizer, performed by Thomas Ankersmit at MaerzMusik in Berlin this weekend, and the first collaboration of Florence To and myself, also in Berlin, at KW.

The Phill Niblock concert runs all night long, from Saturday around midnight until Sunday morning, and is part of MaerzMusik’s “The Long Now” event at Kraftwerk Berlin.

News Update | January to March 2014

Jan 15 , Klub Katarakt Festival 37

A premier of a new piece for three orchestras, commisioned by the Katarakt Festival
“Three Petals” for the ensembles – Nelly Boyd, Hamburg; Trio Scordatura +, Amsterdam; Neon Ensemble, Oslo

Three Petals is originally conceived to be performed by three ensembles plus pre-recorded playback. The first performance (by the commissioners – Klub Katarakt Festival in Hamburg) will take place in separate but contiguous halls. The audience can only hear the complete work by walking through the spaces. The piece could also be performed by three separated ensembles in one common space (e.g., a concert hall). The first and third ensemble move up a semitone through the piece (one from F to F#, the other from C to C#), while the second ensemble remains « stationary » around A. This, theoretically, results in a move, over 24 minutes, from major to minor, albeit blurred by the microtonal character of the totality.
D i e Ö f f n u n g d e s R a u m s
Kampnagel Hamburg

www.klubkatarakt.net
www.facebook.com/klub.katarakt

Jan 27 – A set in a concert at Club Transmediale, Hebbel Theater 2, Berlin
Featuring a new performance and recording of the orchestra piece – “Baobab” by the Zinc and CopperWorks brass quartet, plus a performance of “Vlada” for viola d’amore, with Elisabeth Smalt; AshEli, with Eli Keszler, percussion
Jan 30 – Thursday – A concert by Phill Niblock and Thomas Ankersmit – at KörberForum,
produced by Elbe Philharmonie, Hamburg, Germany

www.elbphilharmonie.de

Feb 5, Wednesday – A concert at the Logos Foundation in Gent Belgium, playing a piece realized for the Logos Robot Orchestra, “One Blue Rose”, Vlada BC, with Elisabeth Smalt, viola d’amore; and others

www.logosfoundation.org

Feb 24 – 28, a series of lectures and concerts by Phill Niblock at Dartmouth College, Hanover NH, with Carlos Casas and Neil Leonard + students from Berklee College of Music, Boston

March 25 – 30 – University of Maine, campuses at Orono and Farmington, a series of lectures and concerts, with Katherine Liberovskaya, Alan Margolis, Neil Leonard, produced by Gustavo Aguilar

News Update | Autumn 2013

I have been remiss in sending this current events out. But this festival in Koln (Cologne), produced by Georg Dietzler, prompts me to do it. And the issue of a new double CD on Touch.

TO91 - Touch Five - Phill Niblock

“Touch Five”, a new double CD on Touch, is published on October 14.
Music by Phill Niblock

CD One:
FeedCorn Ear – Arne Deforce, cello (2012, 29:48)
A Cage of Stars – Rhodri Davies, electric harp (2012, 28:18)

CD Two:
Two Lips – Zwerm Guitar Quartet (2011, 23 minutes)
Two Lips – Dither Guitar Quartet (2011, 23 minutes)
Two Lips – Coh Da Guitar Quartet (2011, 23 minutes)

Sept 28 – 30, Anthology Film Archives, NY – environments films, etc.

At anthology, i’ll show the three screens films from two of the Environments series – Hundred Mile Radius and Ten Hundred Inch Radii, on the 28. not shown since 1970 and 1972- www.anthologyfilmarchives.org

October 5 – Eybeam (540 W 21st St. New York, NY 1001; 9pm)

Daniel Neumann, producer. On the occasion of renowned experimental composer and filmmaker, Phill Niblock’s 80th birthday, CT-SWaM (Contemporary Temporary Sound Works and Music), Eyebeam’s late night concert series, presents the artist’s intermedia works in three constellations. Including the world premier of a new piece for two violins performed by Pauline Kim and Conrad Harris, and live video dedicated to and performed by Katherine Liberovskaya. The performances will include:World premiere of UNIPOLAR DANCE (an anagram of Pauline Conrad). Music by Phill Niblock, Live Video by Katherine Liberovskaya. This piece is dedicated to Katherine Liberovskaya.
Live sound collage in a duo with Katherine Liberovskaya on live video.
And A CAGE OF STARS with Rhodri Davies, electric harp (28 minutes), and
TWO LIPS, a version with the Coh Da guitar quartet (Robert Poss and David First play live in this concert; Susan Stenger, Seth Josel also on the recording) (23 minutes) and the premiere of the new video transfer of the film

BRASIL83.
These pieces are to be published on a new double CD on Touch – Touch Five, on October 14 2013, at the Kontraste Festival in Krems Austria.

October 6 – Silent Barn, Brooklyn, with Bob Bellerue

Silent Bomb :: experimental music events at Silent Barn, produced by the folks who bring you Ende Tymes Fest

Phill Niblock
Katherine Liberovskaya + Al Margolis + Leslie Ross
Marcia Bassett + Barry Weisblat
Bob Bellerue + Philip White + Jeff Donaldson
$7 Oct 6 8pm doors, 9pm music
Silent Barn 603 Bushwick Ave J/M Myrtle Broadway
https://www.facebook.com/events/862356473851913/876496802437880/

Oct 10 , Riga Latvia , Skanu Mez and CTM (Berlin) collaboration – PN, Stephan Mathieu, KTL – www.skanumezs.lv/‎

Oct 13 (arrive 11th) – Kontraste Festival, Krems Austria – guest-curated by the sonic acts team from amsterdam., with Thomas Ankersmit
It’s also a Touch artists event, and the new PN Double CD “Touch Five” will be released on

October 14 – www.kontraste.at

October 25 @ Beirut Art Center on the opening day of the Dream Machine Festival, Beirut Lebanon, with Katherine Liberovskaya and Thomas Ankersmit, and Magda Mayas playing N+M – http://www.beirut.com/l/28890

October 27 – Katherine Liberovskaya and Al Margolis opening at the EI house in Gent Belgium – www.experimentalintermedia.be

Oct 17 – Nov 10 , Koln PN festival, Georg Dietzler, producer; this festival is long, with many events – www.gerngesehen.de

November 15 – Arnolfini, Bristol, UK – Phill Niblock & Thomas Ankersmit
Nov 18 – Huddersfield Music Festival, Phill Niblock and Thomas Ankersmit
Nov 20 – Manca Festival, Villa Arson, Nice Fr, with Thomas Ankersmit
November 23 – Audio Art Festival, Krakow, Poland, with Thomas Ankersmit
Nov 24 – Wroclaw (not confirmed)
Nov 26 – Fylkingen, Stockholm, Sweden,with Thomas Ankersmit
Nov 29, 30 – Mexx, Kunstlerhaus Dortmund, Germany (PN installation)

other events of my work, but where i will not be present:

Nuit Blanche, Paris France

La Maison des Métallos in the Nuit Blanche, Paris Fr, October 5 2013
A twelve hour exhibition of the Movement of People Working films and music by Phill Niblock (six images and immersive sound). 7pm to 7am

Meudrone

Two huge videos, 30 hours of sound, two huge red sofas in André Bloc’s Habitacle, Meudon. An original space where the galerist Natalie Seroussi presents an unique multimedia performance of the world famous artist, Phill Niblock : Meudrone THIR. The spectator is deeply immersed in a both visual and sonorous experience. Creating a place of meditation.

These works, realized especially for this exhibition space by Phill Niblock, are directly inspired by the flora surrounding the site, and demonstrate the artist capacity to use and to mix music, videos and photography.

Born in Indiana in 1933, Phill Niblock, since the middle of the sixties, is specialized in the realization of multimedia performances. Mostly known for his minimalist compositor talents, he presents simultaneously during his concerts movies showing the movement of working persons or abstract pictures.

Phill Niblock is the director of the Experimental Intermedia Foundation since 1985. During his carreer, he realized more than 1000 performances, was the conservator of the novative XI Records label, and launched a second EI Space in Ghent, Belgium.
This installation on Sunday afternoons, can be visited by appointement during the year. Click here to contact the Galerie Natalie Seroussi.

I wrote a short preview of your Eyebeam show in the Wall Street Journal today (Oct 2), in print in the section “Greater New York” and online here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303918804579109702848623952.html?mod=WSJ_NY_Culture_LEFTTopStories
Andy Battaglia – www.andybattaglia.com

Experimental-Intermedia mailing list
Experimental-Intermedia@mailman.thing.net
https://mailman.thing.net/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/experimental-intermedia

Phill Niblock Radio Special | resonance104.4fm

Long Wave
8th October – Phill Niblock

Interview with Phill Niblock conducted by Mike Harding over a dodgy Skype connection from Phill’s hotel room in Japan, September 2013

Intros and outros recorded by Jana Winderen in Glasgow, 28th September and Pascal Wyse in London, 18th September; with thanks to Brains & Hunch.

Station IDs: BJNilsen

Interview in Audiovisual Salvage

can be read here:
audiovisualsalvage.blogspot.co.uk

Phill Niblock Retrospective, Lausanne | January to May 2013

January 29th to May 12th, 2013

Mathieu Copeland, curator

A Phill Niblock retrospective in Lausanne, Switzerland – the exhibition will be realised in partnership between Circuit (Contemporary Art Centre Lausanne) and the Musée de l’Elysée (the national museum devoted to photography)

Phill Niblock – Working Title

Phill Niblock
Working Title
2012
édition bilingue (français/anglais)
à paraître

Un panorama des activités de l’artiste multimédia et compositeur new-yorkais depuis les années 1960, à travers des essais de musicologues, critiques et historiens de l’art, de nombreuses illustrations, des partitions et 4 films sur DVD.
A collection edited by Yvan Etienne

www.lespressesdureel.com/
www.lespressesdureel.com/collection_serie.php?id=28&menu=1

News Update | November 2012

Phill writes:

“I know you’ve been missing those emails with my tour info. So here is a biggish one, after my dislocation from touring in November 2012.”

Summary of events

Films shown at Soundfjord | 1st July 2012

July 1st 8pm Soundfjord at V22 Space (F2 Large Space):

hill Niblock: 3 Compositions (Sweet Potato, Twelve Tones, Disseminate) and ‘The Movement of People Working’ (China 1988, Japan 1989) – David Ryan,dir./Clarinets Ian Mitchell, Clarinets, Alison Blunt, Violin, Joe Zeitlin, cello, Dominic Lash, Contrabass
http://www.v22collection.com

+ related event: 3pm David Ryan – Via di San Teodoro 8 (a film featuring Giacinto Scelsi’s house in Rome) V22 Cinema Space http://www.v22collection.com/club/event.php?ID=108

(PN is NOT to be there)

Interview in The Wall Street Journal

You can read an interview with Phill here in The Wall Street Journal

“Sound can change your perception,” he said. “You start off hearing one thing, but when you begin to give up listening to one certain aspect of it or trying to intellectualize it, it opens up and you begin to float.”

News Update | Autumn 2011

A few present, future and past events, since the last update.
A short list, present (now, today), future, and then the past – passed, but in the full description list.

Sept 14, 1300h ISEA Istanbul – Phill Niblock and Thomas Ankersmit
http://isea2011.sabanciuniv.edu/other-event/phill-niblock-and-thomas-ankersmit-performance

Warsaw Autumn Festival www.warszawska-jesien.art.pl
OCHOTA SPORTS CENTRE, Warsaw, 22:30, September 16
Phill Niblock, sound and image projection – The Movement of People Working
And September 17, 1200 (noon), AUSTRIAN CULTURAL FORUM
Meet the composer: Phill Niblock (Talk), Organized by Warsaw Autumn

Wednesday 21 September 2011 8pm, Agora Hydro-Quebec, Coeur des sciences,
175, avenue du President Kennedy, Montreal, Québec
An Evening of Improvised Images and Sounds – Katherine Liberovskaya (Mtl) live video mixing
with Phill Niblock (NY) live sound collage and David First (NY) live guitar and laptop

Sept 30 – Oct 2 – Grand opening Fabrique “cultural center” – Nantes FR – Installation Phill Niblock – Plateforme intermedia – / Concert Friday the 30th of September Phill Niblock & Katherine Liberovskaya – 6.30pm to 10pm – Plateforme Intermedia / Fabrique.

Neon Marshmallow Music Festival NYC 2011 | October 14 : 15 : 16 | Public Assembly Brooklyn www.neonmarshmallow.com
Friday October 14th – Grouper, Kevin Drumm, The Men, Phill Niblock, James Ferrro

Also, I am curating a series of concerts at “The Stone”: thestonenyc.com
Experimental Intermedia / XI Records at the Stone, curated by Phill Niblock
October 18 – 30 2011 Please check the website for details
The full thing (but not much more info)
Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya – a residency and performance event (July 30) in the mountains near Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy
At Archiaro (www.archiaro.it), produced by Tommaso Cosco – t.cosco@libero.it

Aug 6 – SoundRes 2011 in Lecce Puglia Italy, KL & PN – www.soundres.org
August 11 – 13 Hotel Pupik (Schrattenberg) Festival, Austria – Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya make a surprise concert, Sept 13 at 11am – hotelpupik.org
August 15 – Sept 4, Ostrava New Music Days, Ostrava CZ, Phill Niblock, new orchestra piece, Baobab, played Sept 3 www.newmusicostrava.cz

Café Oto, London, Thursday 8 September 2011, 8pm
Listen To This: Micromusic / Apartment House
Listen to This is a series of music concerts curated by composers. Micromusic, the second in the series, is a concert of where music is sampled, transcribed, saturated, over-amplified and held under the microscope. 

Curated by Joanna Bailie, the evening features three major pieces for chamber ensemble and electronics performed by Apartment House. 

American composer Phill Niblock’s 5 More String Quartets features four amplified live musicians playing over a stack of overdubbed string quartet recordings. Johannes Kreidler’s in hyper intervals smashes expectations of remix culture, creating a rebellious union of the acoustic and electronic. Atopia (hyperamplified) by Yannis Kyriakides explores the relationship between loudness and distance, inspired by the sounds of sand drifting past a kitchen window in Cairo.
http://www.cafeoto.co.uk/micromusic.shtm

Sept 14, 1300h ISEA Istanbul – Phill Niblock and Thomas Ankersmit
http://isea2011.sabanciuniv.edu/other-event/phill-niblock-and-thomas-ankersmit-performance

Warsaw Autumn Festival www.warszawska-jesien.art.pl
OCHOTA SPORTS CENTRE, Warsaw, 22:30, September 16
Phill Niblock, sound and image projection – The Movement of People Working

September 17, 1200 (noon), AUSTRIAN CULTURAL FORUM
Meet the composer: Phill Niblock (Talk), Organized by Warsaw Autumn

Wednesday 21 September 2011 8pm, Agora Hydro-Quebec, Coeur des sciences,
175, avenue du President Kennedy, Montreal, Québec
An Evening of Improvised Images and Sounds – Katherine Liberovskaya (Mtl) live video mixing
with Phill Niblock (NY) live sound collage and David First (NY) live guitar and laptop
Presented by Liberovskaya in partial fulfillment of the requirements for her PhD in The Study and Practice of Art (Doctorat en Etudes et Pratiques des Arts) at the
Universite du Quebec a Montreal (UQAM) http://www.uqam.ca/campus/pavillons/co.htm

Sept 30 – Oct 2 – Grand opening Fabrique “cultural center” – Nantes FR – Installation Phill Niblock – Plateforme intermedia – / Concert Friday the 30th of September Phill Niblock & Katherine Liberovskaya – 6.30pm to 10pm – Plateforme Intermedia / Fabrique.

Neon Marshmallow Music Festival NYC 2011 | October 14 : 15 : 16 | Public Assembly Brooklyn
There will be an hour of Reyka vodka open-bar on Friday & Saturday for all attendees.
We will also have an hour of open-bar with Asahi Beer on all 3 nights.
Seven events in four days. Full spectrum Bunker Sound system. We will also be having an opening reception at the Clocktower Gallery on October 13th.
You can find tickets here: http://www.neonmarshmallow.com/2011newyorkcity/tickets

Friday October 14th – Grouper, Kevin Drumm, The Men, Phill Niblock, James Ferrro
Soiree After Party – Veronica Vascika (DJ sets), Xeno & Oaklander (Performance)

Saturday October 15th – Tim Hecker, Mark Fell, Phoenecia, Blues Control
Soiree After Party – Spinoza (DJ sets), Rene Hell (Performance)

Sunday October 16th | Day Show – Rhys Chatham, Loren Connors, Alan Licht, Ryley Walker
Sunday October 16th | Night Show – Mandelbrott & Sky, La Big Vic, Joe Lentini, Forma
Palmetto Moon Electronic Group www.neonmarshmallow.com

Summer is Simmering | Summer 2011

A few events by Phill Niblock and others, the summer is simmering…

A synopsis:

Installations by PN and Katherine Liberovskaya – July 8 opening
Kunsthaus Viernheim: Rathausstraße 36, 68519 Viernheim
www.kunsthaus-viernheim.de
Performances by PN, KL, and Al Margolis (If Bwana) at ECHOFLUXX 11, Tracfačka Arena in Prague, The Czech Republic, from July 12-16th, presented by Efemera of Prague (http://efemera-ephemera.org), curated by Dan Senn
2 pieces for flute by PN in a concert by Erik Drescher, July 14, 

St.Elisabeth-Kirche, 
Invalidenstraße 3, 10115 Berlin

ARTMUSE BOCHOLT, Bocholt, Germany, 16-17. July 2011 – Among many acts, Phill Niblock, Katherine Liberovskaya and Al Margolis (If Bwana) will make presentations – A Variation of Sets, on the 16th at 9pm

PN and KL, A residency and performance event (July 30) in the mountains near Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy
At Archiaro www.archiaro.it, produced by Tommaso Cosco

PHILL NIBLOCK (USA) und KATHERINE LIBEROVSKAYA (Canada)
ELECTRIC CURRENTS Experimental Intermedia 08.07. – 06. 08. 2011
Kunsthaus Viernheim/Kunstverein Viernheim
Eröffnung: Freitag 08.Juli., 19:00 Uhr im Kunsthaus Viernheim Begrüßung: Fritz Stier (Kunstverein Viernheim) Einführung: Georg Dietzler
(Künstler-Kurator für Sparten übergreifende Künste, Köln)
Niblock shows Topolo 1 and 2 (video) and China 86,87,88 slides
Liberovskaya shows Inside Paiva (video KL and sound PN) and Upwind (silent version)
Kunsthaus Viernheim: Rathausstraße 36, 68519 Viernheim www.kunsthaus-viernheim.de
Kunstverein Viernheim: Hügelstraße 24, 68519 Viernheim www.kunstverein-viernheim.de
Öffnungszeiten: Do. und Fr. 15:00 – 18:00 Uhr / Sa. 10:00 – 13:00 Uhr

ECHOFLUXX 11: a 5-day festival of composer-filmmaker presented new music and media art at the Tracfačka Arena in Prague, The Czech Republic, from July 12-16th, presented by Efemera of Prague (http://efemera-ephemera.org)
Guests include: Phill Niblock, Katherine Liberovskaya & Al Margolis, Stanislav Abrahám, Michal Rataj, Peter Szely, Martin Janaček & Petr Ferenc, Martin Blažíček & Krystof Topolski, Anja Kaufmann & Frances Sanders, George Cremaschi, Hana Železná, Petra Dubach & Mario van Horrik, and The International Space Band (PN, KL, and AM on July 12)
EchoFluxx 11, Nova Hudba A Medialni Umeni,
Trafacka Arena, Prague, Cervenec 12 – 16, Zdarma

K O M P L E X X X – 2 Solokonzerte für Flöte & Elektronik
13. & 14. Juli 2011 at 

St.Elisabeth-Kirche, 
Invalidenstraße 3, 10115 Berlin
Two concerts produced by and featuring Erik Drescher (flute)

K O M P L E X X X 2 – 14. Juli 2011, 20 Uhr
Gérard Pape Harmonies of Time and Timbre I ( 2011) UA Flöte und 8-kanaliges Tonband
Phill Niblock Winterbloom Too (1983) Baßflöte und Tonband
Held Tones (1982) Flöte und Tonband
Erik Drescher, Flöte
; Daniel Plewe, Elektronik
; Gérard Pape, Klangregie
Phill Niblock expects to be present, but just hanging out

ARTMUSE BOCHOLT, Bocholt, Germany, 16-17. July 2011
Among many acts, Phill Niblock, Katherine Liberovskaya and Al Margolis (If Bwana) will make presentations – A Variation of Sets, on the 16th at 9pm
http://artmuse.eu/bocholt/

The Spinning Mill in Bocholt
The old spinning mill, which is currently under reconstruction, will open its doors for two summer days, the artMUSE Festival in Bolcholt. artMUSE is the very first event taking place at the almost renovated spinning mill. Therefore the curatorial concept is strongly based on the venue’s atmosphere and its future role in forming the culture of Bocholt and the region. The spinning mill was the witness of industrial revolution, the flourish of textile industry; it was abandoned as the postindustrial and digital revolution made it economically inefficient and finally useless. The artists invited to artMUSE Festival are all reflecting on this phenomena, the changes brought by digital revolution in the society , the industry culture and the region’s everyday life. The invited artists using the tools of new media, basically digital equipment to evoke different segments of the above mentioned historical and present issues. Furthermore the artworks are “woven through” with references to textile.

A residency and performance event (July 30) in the mountains near Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy
At Archiaro www.archiaro.it, produced by Tommaso Cosco

News Update | June 2011

June 11, 9pm – Japan Benefit at EI, including Rei Nakajima, Keiko Uenishi, Katherine Liberovskaya, and a screening of Japan89, a film by Phill Niblock, with music.
The film, Japan 89, was filmed in coastal villages north of Sendai, Japan, and along the south coast of Hokkaido Island. These villages were destroyed by the Tsunami of March 11 2011, and many of the people were lost.
Proceeds from this event will go to the Japan Society’s “Japan Earthquake Relief Fund” http://www.japansociety.org/earthquake
At Experimental Intermedia, 224 Centre Street, NY experimentalintermedia.org

June 13 (Monday), 7pm – Video screening by Phill Niblock at Microscope Gallery, (Topolo 1 and 2, and Remo Osaka2)
MICROSCOPE, 4 Charles Place, Brooklyn NY 11221, 347.925.1433
www.microscopegallery.com

June 19 (Sunday) at Pianos, 7pm – Music by Phill Niblock and Michael V Waller – NewIdeas MusicSeries @ Pianos (158 Ludlow / Stanton) http://www.michaelvincentwaller.com/newideas-musicseries

End Times festival June 24-26. PN Saturday June 25 at 10:20 at Silent Barn – a noise & experimental music festival at the Silent Barn and Outpost in Brooklyn. it will be 3 nights of music, with movies, workshops, installations, potlucks, BBQs and good times. Al Margolis and Katherine Liberovskaya also have a set that night. Bob Bellerue – halfnormal@gmail.com www.halfnormal.com/endetymes/

News Update | Spring 2011

March 22, 23, 24 – Maerzmusik at Berghain , Berlin  www.maerzmusik.de / www.berlinerfestspiele.de – Video and Music Installations by Phill Niblock

March 31 – Borderline Festival, Onassis Cultural Center, Athens, Greece – Phill Niblock & Τhomas Ankersmit http://sgt.gr/en/programme/event/131

April 2 – Cinéma du réel , Centre Pompidou, 25, rue du Renard, Paris, France
http://www.cinemadureel.org
Two films by Phill Niblock – Brasil84 with music, and The Magic Sun

April 7 –  Katherine Liberovskaya and Phill Niblock @ the wulf. 1026 s santa fe ave #203 (code 2-0-3 to enter) la ca 90021 **entrance on sacramento side** 9pm  http://www.thewulf.org

April 24 – Electron Festival, Geneva, Switzerland – Phill Niblock and Thomas Ankersmit
http://www.electronfestival.ch/2011/fr/dates.html?ditto_gd_documents=316

April 27 – Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia – Phill Niblock and Thomas Ankersmit
http://www.uniandes.edu.co/ (but not yet available on the website)

May 7 – Multiplace Festival, Bratislava, Slovakia – Phill Niblock and Thomas Ankersmit
http://multiplace.org/ (but not yet available on the website)

May 9 Phill Niblock and Thomas Ankersmit – Archa Theater, Prague
http://www.stimul-festival.cz/

May 17 Caen Normandy France ]interstice[ Festival, Phill Niblock and Thomas Ankersmit www.station-mir.com

May 19 – Instants Chavires, Paris, with Thomas Ankersmit http://www.instantschavires.com/

May 20 – A concert in Paris with a piece by Phill Niblock, Ensemble Le Balcon, Eglise Saint Merri, 76 rue de la Verrerie, PARIS, 8pm – “Concert américain” http://lebalcon.com/

CHINA ’88

CHINA ’88 Excerpt from Phill Niblock on Vimeo.

News Update | Winter 2010

On New Music Box, the online magazine published by the American Music Center, Phill Niblock is interviewed by Frank J. Oteri. The December issue. Their front cover blurb on the website (nice, smiley picture there, too):

Phill Niblock: Connecting the Dots

Phill Niblock Niblock never formally studied musical composition and did not even start composing until he was 35. Four decades later, he’s more fired up than many composers one-third his age, and his mind-bending sonic experiences attract devotees of experimental music and even the indie rock and laptop crowds.
www.newmusicbox.org
www.amc.net

Phill Niblock and Thomas Ankersmit interviewed by The Wire On Air (Derek Walmsley)
On Resonance FM London – www.resonancefm.com (archived).
Full details: www.thewire.co.uk/articles/5445/

October 27, noon to three – Kurt Gottschalk hosts Phill Niblock on WFMU 91.1, live, playing music by PN and a few hours of PN’s Jazz Faves
“Just prior to his appearance at the Ear to the Earth Festival in NYC, drone pioneer Phill Niblock will pay a visit to the WFMU studios to chat and guest DJ. While his own music is noted for its length and stillness (he does a 6-hour concert at his loft every December), Niblock is a huge fan of early jazz and bebop, and will be bringing some of his favorite high-speed saxophone music to play on the air. “ KG
Miniature Minotaur Radio, Wednesdays at Noon – a link to listen to the live stream or archive (plus the above and anything else anyone could need) is here: http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/KU

Touch Radio 57 | Phill Niblock
A web radio program
19.11.10 – Sound Delta – 39:16 – 192 kbps
1. Zound Delta (21:52)
2. Bells & Timps (5:30)
3. BuchBel (11:54)
Zound Delta was made at a residency with the European Sound Delta Project in 2009. The sounds were recorded from the mouth of the Danube River at the Black Sea, – to about 200km upstream, at Russe Bulgaria. In Russe, there was a festival, and the finished piece was played. There were boats (Belgian barges outfitted as living boats) starting at the mouth of the Danube and the Rhine Rivers, with changing residents, for several months.
www.sound-delta.eu

Bells & Timps was made using church bells in Gent Belgium, recorded by Godfried Willem Raes of Logos Foundation, in 1986. I modified the time by stretching vastly, and some changes in pitch as well.
BuchBel was recorded during an overnight train ride from Bucharest to Belgrade. All sounds are from the train, with many layerings. The train trip was immediately after the festival in Russe, Bulgaria, in 2009.
All of the pieces were made in ProTools.
Subscribe to the TouchPod podcast of TouchRadio via the iTunes Music Store

Sonic Circuits presents on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 8:00pm
Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA
A Variation of Sets by Al Margolis (If, Bwana) / Katherine Liberovskaya / Phill Niblock
Part 1: Live Video by Katherine Liberovskaya, with live mixing of audio pieces by Phill Niblock
Part 2: Al Margolis (If, Bwana) music (prerecorded and live sounds)
Part 3: Katherine Liberovskaya, live video and Al Margolis (If, Bwana), music (prerecorded and live sounds)
Part 4: Music and Film (video) by Phill Niblock
www.dc-soniccircuits.org/calendar/show/23/2010-12-11-phill-niblock-katherine-liberovskaya-al-margolis-artisphere/

At Experimental Intermedia, 224 Centre Street, New York, December 21
Phill Niblock (New York)
6pm until 12am Tuesday 21
Now 77 (gulp), and doing still, six hours of films and music for the winter solstice; many new hours of 16mm film transferred to video, and some of that newly modified for the better, plus 16mm film projection
www.experimentalintermedia.org

burble |ˈbərbəl|
verb [ intrans. ]
make a continuous murmuring noise : the wind burbled at his ear.
• speak in an unintelligible or silly way, typically at unnecessary length : he burbled on about annuities | [ trans. ] he was burbling inanities.
• Aeronautics [often as n. ] ( burbling) (of an airflow) break up into turbulence.
noun
continuous murmuring noise.
• rambling speech : an hour of boring burble.
ORIGIN Middle English (in the sense [to bubble] ): imitative. Current senses date from the late 19th cent.

News Update | Autumn 2010

A few events in October and into November, for me.
Since there are so many words, so much text, I make a digest, with just the names of places and cities, websites, first.

All events, except one, are within two weeks from now.

Phill Niblock

Oct 14 – The Red Room, Baltimore – http://www.redroom.org/
Oct 15 – Bowerbird Presents GATE @ The Rotunda, Philadelphia – www.bowerbird.org/
Oct 16 – Electric Temple Presents: Drone Marathon http://www.issueprojectroom.org/
Oct 24 – Pianos, 158 Ludlow St, New York
http://pianosnyc.com/
Oct 27 – PN live on WFMU 93.9, noon to 3pm
http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/KU
Oct 31 – Ear to the Earth Festival, at Loewe Theatre, NYU, NYC
http://www.eartotheearth.org/
Nov 19 – St.Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch, London – http://bit.ly/PR-Niblock-TA

Experimental Music and Film at The Red Room, 425 E. 31st Street, Baltimore, Md. 21218
Thursday, October 14th, $6 Doors open at 8:30
http://www.redroom.org/
Curated by John Berndt

A night of Experimental Artists from New York
with Phill Niblock, Katherine Liberovskaya and Al Margolis (If, Bwana)
Bowerbird Presents GATE @ The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
October 15th, Friday, 8pm; FREE
www.bowerbird.org/
PHILL NIBLOCK, KATHERINE LIBEROVSKAYA and AL MARGOLIS (IF, BWANA)
Curated by Dustin Hurt

October 16 2:00pm until 2am – Electric Temple Presents: Drone Marathon http://www.issueprojectroom.org/
At ISSUE PROJECT ROOM
, the Old American Can Factory
 232 3rd Street, 3rd Floor 
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Electric Temple will present a day long musical event focusing on contemporary performers working with long sustained tones and sounds. The program will feature 6 musicians curating segments of the event. Audience members are welcome to come and go as they please.
Sets curated by Phill Niblock, with:
Music: David First, Leslie Ross, Al Margolis (If Bwana), Phill Niblock Images: Katherine Liberovskaya, Richard Garet, Phill Niblock
Tony Conrad
Marcia Bassett with Margarida Garcia and Barry Weisblat, Aki Onda
Kyle Bobby Dunn
Noveller
Ancient Ocean/Tom Carter/Century Plants

Sunday, October 24 at 8:00pm
NewIdeas MusicSeries II, curated by Michael Waller
Pianos, 158 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002, FREE
http://pianosnyc.com/
Michael J. Schumacher + Nisi Jacobs (11:10 pm)
Phill Niblock + Katherine Liberovskaya with Shelley Hirsch (10:20 pm)
Tom Chiu (9:40 pm)
Michael Vincent Waller (9:00 pm)
Richard Garet (8:20 pm)

October 27, noon to three – Kurt Gottschalk hosts Phill Niblock on WFMU 93.9, live, playing music by PN and a few hours of PN’s Jazz Faves
“Just prior to his appearance at the Ear to the Earth Festival in NYC, drone pioneer Phill Niblock will pay a visit to the WFMU studios to chat and guest DJ. While his own music is noted for its length and stillness (he does a 6-hour concert at his loft every December), Niblock is a huge fan of early jazz and bebop, and will be bringing some of his favorite high-speed saxophone music to play on the air. “ KG
Miniature Minotaur Radio, Wednesdays at Noon – a link to listen to the live stream or archive (plus the above and anything else anyone could need) is here: http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/KU

On Sunday, October 31 2010, 8pm, Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya will have a set in the Ear to the Earth Festival, at the Frederick Loewe Theatre, NYU, 35 West 4th Street, NYC
Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya’s Sound Delta +, a live audio/video performance created during the European Sound Delta project — a nomadic art residency, they collected audio and video material for two weeks along the Danube River, from the delta between Romania and Bulgaria and upstream to Russe in Bulgaria. The Sound Delta + performance in this festival will incorporate material from the Danube residency as well as other related
recordings and footage into a live mix.
Michael Fahres is also on this program.

On Friday, October 28, 8pm, at the Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, NYC
Kristin Norderval with Katherine Liberovskaya. Matt Rogalsky is also on this program
Kristin Norderval will perform a multi-media work for voice, interactive audio processing and live video processing (Katherine Liberovskaya). Tattooed Ghosts is part of FLUDD – Virtual Polar Icecap Meltdown, a larger work that is inspired by, and uses excerpts from, Dina Von Zweck’s monumental literary work of the same name. Here, melting icecaps are conceived of as a flood of waters releasing the Arctic’s profound secrets. In the final three sections of this work, presented here as Tattooed Ghosts, myth, poetry and song trace the accumulation of ocean contaminants.

Ear to the Earth 2010:
Water and the World
October 27—November 1, 2010,
New York City, Produced by Electronic Music Foundation
www.eartotheearth.org/
www.emfproductions.org/
R. Murray Schafer / Bernie Krause &
Yolande Harris / Annea Lockwood / Matt Rogalsky
Kristin / Norderval / New York Soundscape
Paula Matthusen &
Miguel Frasconi &
Aleksei Stevens / New York Soundscape -
Liz Phillips -
Jennifer Stock
- REC Youth Sound Ecology Group / Matt Burtner & Scott Deal
/ Maggi Payne /
David Monacchi / Michael Fahres /
Phill Niblock & Katherine Liberovskaya / Andrea Polli /
Charles Lindsay & David Rothenberg

Phill Niblock and Thomas Ankersmit
Play at St.Leonard’s Shoreditch, London
Produced by Andi Studer, Cenatus CIC
19 November 2010, doors 8pm
St.Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch, Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JN
http://bit.ly/PR-Niblock-TA
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=151938088175565

plus an Experimental Intermedia event:
Tuesday October 19th 2010, 8pm, at Experimental Intermedia, 224 Centre Street at Grand, Third Floor, NY 10013, 212 431 5127, 212 431 6430
A party to celebrate the release of David First’s “Privacy Issues (droneworks 1996 – 2009)” –
a 3-CD set on XI Records
The evening will include a special performance of First’s “A Bet on Transcendence Favors the House” with Jane Scarpantoni/cello, Christopher McIntyre/trombone, Peter Zummo/trombone & D. First/guitar & laptop, with visuals by Katherine Liberovskaya. Music will start about 9:30.
For this evening the 3-CD set will be available for the special price of $20

News Update | Summer/Autumn 2010

August 25 – 28, Meteo Festival, Mulhouse France – Phill Niblock and Thomas Ankersmit,
(among many artists . . .)

Saturday 28 August 2010 // 17:30 – Friche DMC – Mulhouse
www.festival-meteo.fr

September 16 +, at Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy
www.hangarbicocca.it/
Phill Niblock – An installation of Six Image Projections from the series of The Movement of People Working, and music
A concert on the 16th, with the Nelly Boyd Ensemble of Hamburg playing live
Curated by Andrea Lissoni
MITO SettembreMusica Festival in collaboration with Hangar Bicocca 
www.mitosettembremusica.it
There will be six projections on screens 8 meters wide each, in a space 30 x 100 meters, with an appropriate sound system. The videos shown were recently transferred from 16mm film.

Saturday 18 September 2010 / 20:00
BOZAR – Palais des Beaux-Arts, Ravenstein 23, Brussels, Belgium
www.bozar.be
CARLOS CASAS / PHILL NIBLOCK : AVALANCHE
Nelly Boyd Ensemble, Hamburg
Curated by Xavier Garcia-Bardon
Spanish director Carlos Casas is known for bringing an experimental approach to documentary, always developing different forms of work for every project: long features and short essays, installations or live performances.
Since the end of the 1960s, Phill Niblock’s music focuses on sound textures created by multiple tones in very dense, often atonal tunings performed in long durations. The overtones and the reverberation of sound into space are essential in his work. Niblock is also a filmmaker, whose series The Movement of People Working has had a particular influence on Casas.

Barcelona visual artist Carlos Casas and American sound artist and minimalist legend Phill Niblock, present a joint project based on images taken in Hichigh, one of the world’s highest inhabitated villages in the Pamir mountains (Tajikistan), an area known as the roof of the world. An audiovisual meditation on disappearance, Avalanche is a research on the relationship between film, music and landscape, a physical as well as a mental experience, transporting the spectator into a state of flotation. One of the most unknown mountain ranges, the Pamirs are as mysterious as fascinating, home of amazing and well kept traditions. The film presents the last days of a village bound to disappear, just before it becomes a ghost village, just before its stones and mud houses become part of the mountain again.

Niblock’s piece Stosspeng will be played live by the Nelly Boyd ENSEMBLE, a Hamburg-based composers’ collective and performing ensemble founded in 2004 with a strong taste for the American classical avant-garde. Among others, they have presented works by John Cage, Morton Feldman, Terry Riley, Karlheinz Stockhausen, James Tenney and have played with Phill Niblock, Christian Wolff and Alvin Lucier.
www.carloscasas.net
www.nellyboyd.org
Carlos Casas work in the Pamir mountains was supported by the Open Society Institute.

September 21, at 22:00h ENTRANCE: free
Phill Niblock, Music and Images
Theatre &TD – Studentski centar Zagreb, Savska Street 25, Zagreb, Croatia
[venue-website: www.sczg.hr/]
The concert will be held within the concert series Explicit Music [http://www.explicit-music.org] – a collaboration with the 25FPS experimental film and video festival [http://25fps.hr/2010/]. This perfomance will be at the opening night of the festival.

TodaysArt Festival in Den Haag, the Netherlands www.todaysart.nl
September 25 for this screening, consult the website for location / time
Several Video projects by Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya
The Magic Sun – by Phill Niblock featuring Sun Ra and His Solar Arkestra, 1966, 17 min.
Topolo PN – video and sound Phill Niblock, 2005, 12,5 min.
Topolo 2 – video and sound Phill Niblock, 2009, 17 min.
Both made at a residency and festival in Northern Italy – the Stazione di Topolo
Four Wheel Drive – video by Katherine Liberovskaya, sound by Phill Niblock, 2005, 5,5 min.

Painting the Painting – video by Katherine Liberovskaya with music by Phill Niblock, 2003, 15 min. (music: “Hurdy Hurry” by Phill Niblock)

Where Have the Vuvuzelas Gone?

Are you walking around with a strange post-worldcup abstinence? After hours and hours with humming from the african horn, the world suddenly feels so quiet. Of course there exsists a composition written for the instrument, “#Vuvuzela concerto in B flat”. But in you hunt for a similar kick to the one you got from the long noise concert they called the world cup, you have already digested that. But dont despair! The musica made by the minimalist composer Phill Niblock is described as “no melodies, no harmonies, no rhythm, no bullshit”. His compositions make the vuvuzelas seems thin and tiny. Check out YPGTPN or “Disseminate” and get yourself ready for thick, brain melting hordes of toneclusters. Deafening volume recommended for maximum effect! (Morgenbladet, Norway)

News Update | July 2010

July 1-14 – Binaural / Nodar residency in Portugal for Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya, to make new works
Paivascapes #1 Nodar Artist Residency Center for 2010
(Among) the artists who will take part on the several residency modules dedicated to the interaction with the Paiva River, from the river’s spring to its mouth, which will happen between February and October 2010
Associação Cultural de Nodar
a /c Luis Costa
Nodar – Caixa Postal 106
3660-324 S. Martinho das Moitas,
Portugal
www.binauralmedia.org/

and

Saturday, July 10th, 2010 – 9.00 p.m. – NODAR (PT) 40º 55’ 3.21’’ N, 8º 3’ 35.42’’ W
PAIVASCAPES #1 – STRUCTURE, PROCESS AND PERCEPTION OF A RIVER
AUDIOVISUAL LIVE SETS & SCREENINGS BY ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE
CRAIG DONGOSKI (US), CHARLES STANKIEVECH (CA), KATHERINE LIBEROVSKAYA (CA), PHILL NIBLOCK (US)

CRAIG DONGOSKI (US) “Durations: River Paiva”, Work in Progress Screening
CHARLES STANKIEVECH (CA) “Turbine Inferno”, Live video + sound (10 minutes)
PHILL NIBLOCK (US) & KATHERINE LIBEROVSKAYA (CA) “Sound Delta+”
LIve sound collage: Phill Niblock, Live video: Katheine Liberovskaya
KATHERINE LIBEROVSKAYA (CA) & AL MARGOLIS (aka IF, BWANA) (US)
“Frogfields”, Video: Katherine Liberovskaya, Music: Al Margolis (IF, BWANA)
PHILL NIBLOCK (US) Film – “Portugal”, looking at the movement of people working along the coastline between Peniche and Caminha, 1981, Music – “EZAZ” and “2 Lips – aka Nameless“

Binaural / Nodar and Teatro Municipal da Guarda (PT) present:
Phill Niblock (US) and Katherine Liberovskaya (CA)
Thursday, July 15th 2010 – 9.30 p.m.
Teatro Municipal da Guarda, Pequeno Auditório (Small Auditorium), Entrance: 5,00€
Rua Batalha Reis Nº 12, 6300-668 GUARDA, PORTUGAL http://www.tmg.com.pt

Set one: Live Video by Katherine Liberovskaya, with Live mixing of audio pieces by Phill Niblock

Set two: Music and Film (video) by Phill Niblock
Festival Sinsal.Oito – Sinsal Insólitos presented by Son Estrella Galicia:
Phill Niblock & Katherine Liberovskaya
July 17th, 2010 – 9.00 p.m. – Quiñones de León Museum – Vigo, Spain
Organized by Sinsalaudio
Supported by the Regional Government of Galicia and Xacobeo Galicia 2010