Olivia Block Performing Aberration Of Light

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Nameless Sound says
Olivia Block (Chicago)
performing a multi-channel surround version
of 'Aberration of Light'

Her range of materials and techniques encompasses found sounds, field recordings, notation for acoustic instruments, manipulated extensions of amplified instruments and purely electronic textures. Her willingness to employ this wide range belies the fact that Olivia Block is an artist with a tight focus and clear voice. Whether working in installation, performance or composition for performers, she is not limited to exclusive designations of “sound artist”, “composer” or “performer”. In a sense, Block is a truly contemporary sonic artist for whom these designations are not identities, but roles inhabited in order to create work.

Block’s compositions are clear and unhurried - often constructed from layers, dynamics and densities, where the music dwells at the edges of perception. They may range from lush-filled spaces to the edges of audibility, where found sounds or instrumental sonorities are only just clear enough to be identifiable. Furthermore, along with these “found” sounds, the microphone emerges as an instrument itself, present in the music. But this music doesn’t merely live within these margins. Its narrative is a journey taking you through these spaces.

Block’s music is experimental in the sense that the processes and results often frame environmental ambience. However, this is not a music that is of purely experimental concerns, where process takes precedence and results are merely the outcomes. The music is thoughtful and composed. It goes places. Its passage is one of framing perceptions and sensations, while making narrative from that framing. There is expression, quiet but deep emotion, and beauty in its sensations.

Block will be performing a live version of Aberration of Light. Originally conceived as an expanded cinema collaboration including filmless 35-millimeter projectors, Block will present a version of this piece in the darkened venue with 4 speakers surrounding the audience with sound. It is music that both envelops the listener with its motion and physicality and draws them in to its subtle textures and detail.

“as rigorously assembled, finely detailed and dramatically taut as any modern composition you might care to name, … evoking a dreamlike story without words.” – The New York Times

“Finely nuanced textures of environmental material and occasional surges of raw sonic power are blended with an elegant instrumental architecture... Compositional ordering and digital processing enter into an absorbing dialogue with the natural world.” – The Wire (UK)
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By: Nameless Sound

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