Launch of Erik Nyström’s CD Morphogenese on empreintes DIGITALes
Erik Nyström / Lee Fraser
Installation design by Tom Groves
FRIDAY 28TH NOVEMBER 2014. SOUND AND ARCHITECTURAL INSTALLATION | 18:30
ACOUSOMATIC CONCERT – ERIK NYSTROM 19:30
LIVE DUO – ERIK NYSTROM / LEE FRASER 20:45
SATURDAY 29TH NOVEMBER 2014 | ELECTROACOUSTIC INSTALLATION 12:00 -18:00
PROGRAMME FOR FRIDAY EVENING:
– Morphogenèse, an installation and collaboration between Block 336 and Erik Nyström
– Nyström performs works from his new album
– Duo Erik Nyström – Lee Fraser (debut UK performance)
– Installation design by Tom Groves
Block is delighted to present Morphogenèse, a sound installation and performance
event featuring Erik Nyström and Lee Fraser. The event marks the launch of Erik Nyström’s CD Morphogenèse on the Canadian electroacoustic label Empreintes DIGITALes
The term morphogenesis (literally “the beginning of shape”) embodies the ‘morphology of the amorphous’ – a phrase originally used by mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot to describe the geometry of shapelessness. Nyström’s Morphogenèse is a ‘sound-process’ where entropic acoustic textures solidify into singular material forms. Here music becomes a self-propagating practice where object and order emerge from physical, gravitational and orbital interactions rather than humanly premeditated architecture or composition. In Morphogenèse Nyström navigates an ever-evolving visuospatial topography where both abstract and figurative entities pass through cycles of creation, crisis, and decay.
To mark the release of Nyström’s album of the same name, the event Morphogenèse offers the listener an immersive and curated experience and Block’s underground gallery space plays a perfect host for this. Transformed for the event, the gallery’s dysfunctional design and curious quarantine-like staging become a disquieting and topical actor in an infectious sonic world of Nyström and Fraser’s making.
The duo of Erik Nyström and Lee Fraser is a new live computer music project presenting a unique collision of two distinct sound worlds in primarily improvisational interaction. This will be the duo’s debut UK performance following their first joint public appearance at Fylkingen, Stockholm in September 2014.
Erik Nyström is a Swedish, London-based computer music composer working in the acousmatic medium and in improvised performance. His work has a radical emphasis on spatial texture and visual and physical sound experiences, using multichannel synthesis and reproduction systems for composition and performance. He holds a PhD in electroacoustic composition from City University London, supervised by Denis Smalley, and has previously studied Computer Music Composition at CCMIX, Paris, with Gerard Pape. His music is frequently performed internationally and has received recognition such as the Prix du Public in the Metamorphoses international composition competition in Belgium 2010. Erik Nyström is current with the CD release Morphogenèse on the label Empreintes DIGITALes. Also active as sound engineer and designer on the London contemporary music scene, Nyström is currently a regular live electronic music projectionist for London Contemporary Orchestra’s innovative performances in venues such as Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, Holy Trinity Sloane Street, and Manchester Albert Hall with Boiler Room.
London-based composer Lee Fraser is a distinct voice on the UK computer music scene following the release of his critically acclaimed album Dark Camber on the Entr’acte imprint early 2014, demonstrating a bold and innovative take on acousmatic composition. He holds a PhD from University of Manchester which was supervised by David Berezan, and has previously studied under Denis Smalley at City University London. In 2013 he received the prestigious Luigi Russolo Grand Prize for his work The Visions of Ezekiel.
Tom Groves is the education and academic coordinator of Block336. He is the Head of the Humanities Department at City and Guilds art school, a practicing artist and writer.