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5 June 2016: Phill Niblock: Experimental Intermedia

We're delighted to host a special event of New York based minimalist composer and multi-media musician, Phill Niblock. Niblock has exclusively selected some of his new videos to accompany his live sound performance at Close-Up.

Niblock is the 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 24-track digitally-processed monolithic microtonal drones. Changes are almost imperceptible. 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.

Niblock will participate in a Q&A session after the performances.

Meudrone1, 2013, 30’29 min, Colour, Digital
, 2014, 18’35 min, Colour, Digital
DH *Sand-Water
, 2014, 18’34 min, Colour, Digital
, 2015, 15 min, Colour, Digital
, 2014, 17’16 min, Colour, Digital

Phill Niblock will also be performing at Cafe OTO on Monday 6 June.
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