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NYX: Electronic Drone Choir

+ Penelope Trappes

Sun 7 Jul 2019

NYX: Electronic Drone Choir

+ Penelope Trappes

‘A lament for humanism. This is the future of spiritual music’ If Only

‘I’ll always find space for this kind of beautiful sound’ Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC 6 Music

‘NYX are incredibly skilled technicians, merging visceral, scratching vocals with live electronic manipulation as they stand at their mixing desks. The layers of powerful, stinging voices, the costumes, the choreography and the strobe lights: the show has total command over its audience.’ The Quietus

NYX is a collaborative drone choir and otherworldly electric chorus, re-embodying live electronics and extended vocal techniques. An experiential exploration of ambient, noise & electronic music, NYX makes ambient and ecstatic sonic landscapes, punctuated with acoustic glitching, polyphonic overtone and electric textures.

NYX’s approach to post-digital performance and composition is influenced Meredith Monk’s extended vocal technique, the electronic and acoustic body manipulations of Holly Herndon and participatory community music experiences like Peter Broderick’s The Beacon Sound Choir. Alongside performances, the collective continues to research health and social benefits of sonic immersion in relation to ethnomusicology, sound therapy, collaboration, feminism and new digital technologies.

With visceral arrangements and original compositions by choir leader Sian O’Gorman, NYX looks to reshape the role of the traditional female choir, testing the limits of organic and synthetic modulation to explore the entire spectrum of collective female voice as an instrument.

Since October 2018, NYX has commissioned collaborative projects with Hatis Noit, Gazelle Twin, Iona Fortune and Alicia Jane Turner under the creative direction of Sian O’Gorman, Philippa Neels and Joshua Thomas.

Penelope Trappes is a London based Australian born vocalist, musician and etherial soundscaper signed to Houndstooth. She spent 2016 writing and recording what would become her first solo album, Penelope One in a piano studio in East London. Composed of mostly percussion-less, reverb-heavy haunting atmospherics with dystopian themes, the LP was released via Optimo Music in 2017 on vinyl and as a photo book. The first single Puppets premiered by opening the Fendi SS17 runway show.

Penelope signed to Houndstooth in 2018, and released her sophomore LP (and photo book) Penelope Two in October 2018. The minimalist, ethereal album was built around field recordings, meditations, guitars, synth drones, piano and reverb, and deals with mortality, predestination and empathy. A rework album called Penelope Redeux was released in June 2019 with reworks by Cosi Fanni Tutti, Mogwai, Nik Colk Void, Félicia Atkinson and more. Her first solo live show was a live A/V performance at Copeland Gallery in London in September 2018, shortly followed by a live show at EartH in London.

Date & start time:Sun 7 Jul 2019 – 7.30pm
Venue:Hall Two

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