Fuse Arts Space, City of Bradford, UK

PORTRAIT SALON

Join us to celebrate the launch of Bradford's newest contemporary art space! We'll be opening our doors to unveil the first UK print exhibition of Portrait Salon 2013, with a live performance from BJNilsen and music from Bomb Shop DJs. Free entry, free drinks - we have limited capacity so get down early! Find out more about Fuse Art Space

Opening party: Friday 10th January 2014, 7pm
5-7 Rawson Place, Bradford BD1 3QQ


SCHNEIDER TM // BJ NILSEN

DOUBLE RELEASE CONCERT 21 Nov 2013
Ausland Berlin, Deutschland

Schneider TM - "Guitar Sounds" (Bureau B)
BJ Nilsen - "Eye Of The Microphone" (TOUCH)
+ party with Falko Teichmann! Doors & Bar 21:00 h | Concerts 22:00h | VVK @ koka36


OUT TODAY*** Eye of the Microphone

Available to order from November 20th
http://www.touchshop.org/index.php

Released: 2013
Extended Digipak - 3 tracks - 43:19

Mastered By Denis Blackham at Skye Mastering
Artwork and photography by Jon Wozencroft

Track listing and notes:

Track listing:

1. Londinium
2. Coins and Bones
3. Twenty Four Seven

BJ Nilsen (b,1975 Sweden) Is a sound and recording artist. His work is based on the sound of nature and its effect on humans. He primarily uses field recordings and electronic composition as a working method. He has worked for film, television, theatre, dance and as sound designer. His newest album presented here is “Eye Of The Microphone” [Touch # TO:95, 2013] - a somewhat surreal audio rendition of the sounds of The City of London. Currently also working on The Acoustic City, a book publication with CD, co-edited with Matthew Gandy, [2014, JOVIS Verlag, Berlin].

Track notes:

Recorded and Mixed in London 2012 – 2013

++ To stroll properly, one should not have any particular plans ++

In 2012 I received a scholarship from the Leverhulme Trust for a one-year Artist in Residency at the UCL Urban Laboratory in London, to introduce sound as an art practice to urban scholars and students. As part of my research I decided to dérive the city.

I spent full days and sometimes nights sweeping the streets and its interiors for sound - walking and listening with no route or intention. A city without sound does not exist. Every location, passageway, alley, road, park, and pub contains its own world of isolated sound events and patterns - the sound of a shopping bag caught by the wind on the asphalt of a busy street when a bus passes by. What seems to be merely a bus is also a cacophony of sounds, a sound world in itself: hydraulics, breaks, interior noise, honking, public announcements, humans, rolling bottles, cell phones, mp3 players. The rattle of an air-conditioning unit in an old pub toilet gradually develops its broken down sound over many years, creating a raga for it own demise. Nobody seems to hear it. Is it there? The choice of sound varies; it's a personal selection, some sounds made it into this composition, many hours of recording didn’t.

Sound composition can alter space and time and transform a specific location and experience into an imaginary world.

1. Londonium.

Standing on Francis Street behind Victoria Station, it is a sunny spring afternoon and the air is crisp. For a location so central it is a quiet street, for about ten seconds… As the bells of a nearby church in the Diocese Of Westminster start to chime I press record. They merge into a vehicle and then into a woman on a bike, and as she breaks to make a turn, in the distance a cellphone rings. All the time a train engine has been idle.

London pulls you towards water. You are bound to reach the river at some point. On a grey and foggy afternoon, I reached the bank of the Thames during low tide. There, the sand, algae, mud, and brick buildings isolated the acoustics revealing great detail. An almost interior space, surrounded by old shoes, pieces of porcelain, half a chair, bones, bricks, wood structures, and washed up electronics, it felt like looking into the future as well as the past. To the left there were the distant smudged out towers of Canary Wharf, and to the right Tower Bridge completely shrouded in fog. The drones of the clippers on the river suddenly sounded electronic, the occasional vague beep of metal detectors belonging to coin hunters tracing our past. A chainsaw starts up from one of the workshops nearby. Back in the studio, listening, a surreal city begins to unfold.

2. Coins and Bones.

Without the multi-sensory impressions and visual synchronisation at the very present moment of recording, certain memories and perceptions seem to grow stronger.

Maybe a pure field recording is not the most accurate representation of a place.

3. Twenty Four Seven.

Where does the city begin?

We took the East Anglia Line from London Liverpool Street only a 30 minute ride away and we arrived at Cheshunt Station and stepped into Lee Valley.

It is a vast area of water, grass, reed bed, and woodlands, and lots of wildlife. The weather is perfect, a clear and warm summer day. Here, the sound of distant trains going back into the city served as a backdrop together with overhead airplanes. As we are sitting on a small grass patch by a large pond, ducks, swans and coots suddenly notice us, expecting some food. We gave them some tiny pieces of bread. The swans took over and started to fight. After a long track we end up by Regents Canal and The Kingsland Basin Redevelopment site.

Twenty four seven doesn’t exist here. It’s a microclimate of nuances and the personal mind of getting up early to make some recordings.

A microphone is both a lark and a night owl.

Cover Photography

St. Paul’s as seen from the London Eye. Cranes rebuilding the City – a highchair for birdsong...


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Tutto Bene, Mamma?

Sound design for Tutto Bene, Mamma? by Gloria Mina
15 June - 6 July 2013
The Print Room present the UK Premiere
In a new English version by April de Angelis
A unique theatre experience in complete darkness directed by Ewan Marshall


FEED AT KW 062713

"NOCTURNE"
STEPHAN MATHIEU
BJ NILSEN
PHILIP MARSHALL

Thursday June 27th, 2013
Kunstwerke, Auguststraße 69, 10117 Berlin
Doors: 19h, Concert: 20h, Tickets: 10€


DIGITAL IS DEAD

May 2nd at Modern Art Oxford, 30 Pembroke Street, Oxford, OX1 1BP

"DIGITAL IS DEAD is a festival about post-digital music practice. When digital technology is no longer novel, when zeroes and ones become ubiquitous in everyday life, what happens to the way people write music? Over three evenings and an afternoon from the 2nd to 4th of May, Oxford will play host to some of today's foremost electronic music artists. With headline sets from Tim Hecker, BJ Nilsen and Oval, this is an insanely rare opportunity to see some of the biggest names on the scene play on consecutive nights, all in the same place."

More info here


BJNilsen-Special Guest

@ General Public Release party for Hanno Leichtmann (DE) "minimal studies". Berlin. Thursday, March 28, 2013 20:00


Freq_Out 9

Sonic Acts - The Dark Universe @ Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Thursday 21 February 2013
Including: BJ Nilsen, J.G. Thirlwell, Jacob Kirkegaard, Jana Winderen, Maia Urstad, Kent Tankred, Finnbogi Pétursson, PerMagnus Lindborg, Christine Ödlund, Pomazzl Franz, Mike Harding, Tommi Grönlund & Petteri Nisunen and Carl Michael von Hausswolff

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Atmospheres 4 | Touch.30 Live at Beaconsfield

***STARTS WEDNESDAY*** [Tomorrow]

FENNESZ SHOWCASES NEW MATERIAL • MASTERCLASS IN SOUND TECHNOLOGY AND DIGITAL MUSIC • PETER SAVILLE NAVIGATES THE BRIDGE BETWEEN DESIGN AND FINE ART • BRUCE GILBERT READING & MUCH MORE...

"SOME KIND OF WOODSTOCK WHERE YOU WOULD LEAST EXPECT IT..."

A two-day festival celebrating 30 years of Touch, with performances, installations and displays, and a full programme of workshops and masterclasses in design and music, recording, mastering and the digital realm. The full programme is now available to read below.

Venue: Beaconsfield, 22 Newport St, Vauxhall, London, SE11 6AY
Dates: 5-6 December 2012

The Festival Pass entitles you to access all events at this festival and is now onsale here:
Buy the Festival Pass in the TouchShop
Buy your ticket for 5th December 2012 (programme below)
Buy your ticket for 6th December 2012 (programme below)

Day tickets will be available on the door for £25 per night. Call on the day on 07958 984703 if you need to check on availability before you travel.

Atmospheres 4 - Touch.30 at Beaconsfield is the main UK event in a year-round programme of activities celebrating 30 years of existence.

Atmospheres 4 - Touch.30 at Beaconsfield is a two-day festival with performances, installations and displays, and a full programme of workshops and masterclasses. The Festival will explore all aspects of Touch: the music; the distinctive and influential design and photography; the process of recording and mastering; and the opportunities of the digital realm.

Participation in the event will extend well beyond Touch artists and creative team into the hinterland around the label: academics, industry professionals, other ground breaking music organisations etc.

Atmospheres will be curated by two of Touch's founders and the current creative team, Mike Harding and Jon Wozencroft, and produced by them with along with Touch's experienced digital and live production team already responsible this year for events in the UK, Germany, Belgium, USA and elsewhere detailed here.

Day One – Wednesday 5th December 2012

Afternoon events, 2pm-6pm:
• 2pm: Jon Wozencroft talks about the history of Touch, "Through the Digital Glass"
• 2:30pm: Denis Blackham (Skye Mastering) and Christian Fennesz on mastering for digital manufacture and the demands of the "Venice" project
• 3pm: "When did sound become music?" Sonic intervention from Panasonic.
Chaired by John Kieffer: Denis Blackham, Jason (Transition Mastering Studios) and Jon Wozencroft, a panel on digital and analogue sound, and how this determines listening outcomes
Sonic intervention from Ryoji Ikeda
4pm Break
• 4:15pm approx. Edwin Pouncey discusses his record collection...
• 4:30pm: Chaired by Tony Myatt (University of Surrey): Mike Harding, Seb Jouan (Aecom Acoustic Design & Arts & Culture) on multi-channel with Hildur Gudnadottir. This session reflects upon hi-audio formats, a specific example, and their future
(Followed by questions)

Screening Situations (upstairs), 6pm-7pm
• Coda-plus 47 (audio by Fennesz & Ryoji Ikeda)
• Liquid Music (audio by Fennesz)

Evening Performances, 8pm-11pm
Hildur Gudnadottir - Leyfɗu Ljósinu (Beaconsfield version)
• audio intervention by David Toop, a presentation of "Yanomamo Shamanism", released on 'Touch Travel' [T4] in 1984.
Philip Jeck
• People Like Us - 4' 33"
• audio intervention by BJNilsen, who plays a new piece recorded outside the School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, "The cackle of dogs and laughter of death".
• Playback of a surround-sound rendition of his Touch.30 piece "Brussels Nord" by Chris Watson (in absentia)
Fennesz


Day Two – Thursday 6th December 2012

Afternoon events, 2pm-6pm:
• 2pm: Mike Harding introduces Touch's digital presence on the web with Philip Marshall (websites) & Tim Medcalf (iOS devices) followed by at
• 2:45pm: Paul Wilson & Cheryl Tipp from The British Library on the TouchRadio archive
• 3pm: Jon Wozencroft & Garry Mouat - "Bromides and Spray Mount" - Touch design in the early years
• 3:45pm: Design Seminar by Jon Wozencroft - How Touch has responded to changing formats and download culture
•: 4:30pm Jon Wozencroft & Peter Saville discuss their parallel experience of visual culture, and the movement of graphic design to the art world (Followed by questions)

Screening Situations (upstairs), 6pm-7:15pm
• The Whitstable Symphony (audio by BJNilsen)
• The Suffolk Symphony (audio by Philip Jeck & BJNilsen)

Evening Performances, 8pm-11pm
Thomas Köner
• followed by an audio intervention by Bruce Gilbert - "Sliding off the World"
CM von Hausswolff
• Jon Wozencroft introduces Jon Savage's and his pirate broadcast for Network 21 in 1987
Biosphere - transfiguring Arnold Schoenberg's “Verklärte Nacht”

Bar area: audio interventions by Simon Fisher Turner and others…

In the Bar: Photography by Jon Wozencroft: The Listening Eye


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Buy your ticket for 5th December 2012
Buy your ticket for 6th December 2012




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Touch & TouchRadio | Publishing & Licensing

BJNilsen is exclusively published by Touch Music [MCPS]. His work is also released on Touch, one of the most influential independent labels based in the UK [founded 1981/2].


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Spire




BJNilsen is a member of Spire. You can read about Spire and all the live events, including photos, here


Downloads

Here you can download various tracks from releases by Hazard/BJNilsen which are now out of print or were never released:

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Discography

Here are BJNilsen's releases with the titles linked to the relevent page in the TouchShop. Reviews of all of BJNilsen's releases can be read here

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Contact

info [at] bjnilsen [dot] com


Collaborations

BJNilsen is collaborating with various artists, resulting in some compact discs detailed below.

He is also a member of freq_out, a collective curated by CM von Hausswolff.

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Biography & Photos

BJ Nilsen (b,1975 Sweden) Is a sound and recording artist. His work is based on the sound of nature and its effect on humans. He primarily uses field recordings and electronic composition as a working method. He has worked for film, television, theatre, dance and as sound designer. His newest album is “Eye Of The Microphone” [Touch # TO:95, 2013] - a somewhat surreal audio rendition of the sounds of The City of London. Currently also working on The Acoustic City, a book publication with CD, co-edited with Matthew Gandy, [2014, JOVIS Verlag, Berlin]

BJNilsen has collaborated with Chris Watson, Hildur Gudnadottir, Philip Jeck and Stilluppsteypa amongst others.

Photo: Jiyeon Kim

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Features & Press Coverage

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