March 26, Phill Niblock gives a live performance at the Tate Modern in London. Niblock presents the last two works in his Environments series, ground-breaking experiments shown in New York City between 1968 and 1972 that combine multi-screen film projection, 35mm colour slides, and dance with original sound. The film materials have been reworked in the intervening years, migrating to video and digital media and will be premiered with new sound compositions played live. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience Niblock’s revolutionary experiments in the immersive presentation of film, music and dance.
Phill Niblock is a Multimedia Composer; Director, Experimental Intermedia (USA). Niblock’s music is an exploration of sound textures created by multiple tones in very dense, often atonal tunings (generally microtonal in conception) performed in long durations. The layering of long tones only very slightly distinct in pitch creates a multitude of beats and generates complex overtone patterns and other fascinating psychoacoustic effects. The combination of apparently static surface textures and extremely active harmonic movement generates a highly original music that, while having things in common with early drone-based Minimalism, is utterly distinct in sound and technique. Niblock’s work continues to influence a generation of musicians, especially younger players from a variety of musical genres.
Experience a performance by a pioneer of experimental film and sound at the Tate Modern: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/ten-days-six-nights/night-three