BJNilsen – Focus Intensity Power [Vinyl LP, MFR061]

Vinyl + DL – 5 tracks – 43 minutes

Track listing:

1. The Limits of Function
2. Beam Finder
3. Focus Intensity Power
4. Flattened Space
5. Table of Hours

For his inaugural LP for Moving Furniture Records the Amsterdam based Swedish sound artist BJ Nilsen turns his intense aural focus and compelling narrative power away from his well-known and much lauded predilection for field recordings of organic nature or the urban built environment. The five pieces presented on this record capture Nilsen during a short residency he did in the Fall of 2017 at Willem Twee Electronic Music Studio in Den Bosch, The Netherlands – five documents these are of improvised sessions using modular synthesizers, tone generators and test and measurement instruments.

Nilsen, ever the exploratory sound experimenter, de facto exchanged his wax rain coat for the white laboratory mantle. On Focus Intensity Power he lets the machines rule supreme. Although BJ says there’s no underlying major concept to the record, the quintet of recordings is tied together to form a sturdy sonic package, tied with a red thread of analog pulse, droning waves and subtle and surprising noise interventions. Washes of natural wind or condensed bustle of London traffic as we have come to know and highly appreciate from his previous works have found their machine-counterparts in sessions that retain the flâneur’s touch of slowly moving, roaming open ears with keen interest in texture and timbre. And at the same time these indoor improvisations yield a tremendous poetic freedom for both artist and listener; boundless walking through layers of pure sound – freed from time and place and space. [Sven Schlijper Karssenberg, July 2018]

About BJ Nilsen:

BJ Nilsen (SE) is a composer and sound artist based in Amsterdam. His work primarily focuses on the sounds of nature and how they affect humans. Recent work has explored the urban acoustic realm and industrial geography in the Arctic region of Norway and Russia. Nilsen’s original scores and soundtracks have featured in theater, dance performances and film, in collaborations with Chris Watson, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Stilluppsteypa and others. He co-edited the book+CD publication The Acoustic City (2014), published by jovis. His solo albums Eye Of The Microphone (2013) and The Invisible City (2010) were released by Touch. In 2014, Nilsen collaborated with filmmaker Karl Lemieux on the audiovisual work unearthed, which was presented along with the Sonic Acts publication The Geologic Imagination. In 2017 Editions Mego released Massif Trophies – An exploration of the alpine soundscape.

About Moving Furniture Records

Moving Furniture Records is a label based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands specialized in releasing experimental electronic run by Sietse van Erve, started in October 2008. We are mostly interested in drones, minimalist, microtonal and field- recordings music. Moving Furniture Records has released music by both renowned, musicians such as Frans de Waard, Gareth Davis & Merzbow and Machinefabriek, as (young) new talent such as Find Hope In Darkness, Rose & Sandy and Haarvöl. Moving Furniture Records also organizes concerts in various venues in Amsterdam incl. DE RUIMTE, STEIM and OCCII.

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FOLIO 002 | Various Artists/Jon Wozencroft – “Touch Movements”

76pp full colour book + CD
33 tracks – 78:59
Limited edition of 1000

Release date: 11th December 2017

Track listing:

Into the Open
Mika Vainio – Behind the Radiators
AER – Just Before Dawn
Bethan Kellough – Twelve
Wire – A Year A Second [For BCG]
London in a Week
Carl Michael Von Hausswolff – Sine Missing One
Chris Watson – Deepcar
Jana Winderen – Bronx Tunnel
The Magical Land of the North
Claire M Singer – Storr
Hildur Gudnadottir – Death 200AD
Three 20 – Four Twelve
Philip Jeck – Deed of Gift
Walking on Water
Simon Scott – Storm of the Fens
Eleh – Overt One
The Love Train
Russell Haswell – Demons
Heitor Alvelos – Expectant
I’m a Schoolteacher on Holiday
Johann Johannsson – Mingyun
Mark Van Hoen – Prescient
Fennesz – Paint It Black (remastered)
Sohrab – JV Dream
It’s Enough to Make You Weep
Strafe FR – Virgin
Before The Sea @ Falasarna
Jim O’Rourke – Despite The Water Supply
Situation Stabilised / BJ Nilsen – Atom Mother
Peter Rehberg – Cinecom
Gateway to the Garden
Oren Ambarchi – Testify
The Sound of Eleven

In a 24/7 world there is no greater challenge than “to be in command of one’s own time”. Is it true that the ability to download anything, at any moment, constitutes freedom? Has the ‘value’ of music, art and design been stripped bare? “I Google, therefore I am”…

Touch MOVEMENTS has been compiled over the course of 3 years. It is a response to many requests for Touch to publish a fuller account of Jon Wozencroft’s photography for the cover art of the project. The book follows the music, which was compiled step-by-step, like a jigsaw – there was not an “open call” to the artists, rather a sequential development which gives the CD a special narrative quality. And since our last Touch 30 compilation in 2012, the accuracy of the music has grown and rises to the challenge of what sound can do to transform perceptions about the immediate emotion of musical work and its more difficult, longer term evolution.

Following Touch Folio 001 in 2015, this series is a dedication to finding new ways of audiovisual publishing, somewhere between the twin peaks of a jewel-cased CD and a lavish box-set. The two elements of sound and the visual work in parallel to create the idea of an “Ear-book”, whose interdependency reveals itself over time, and allows the richest of listening and viewing experiences. The music and the photography is fully annotated, alongside a rarely-seen manifesto by the Surrealist film-maker Jan Švankmajer which celebrates the spirit of the creative act.

Order FOLIO 002 | Various Artists/Jon Wozencroft – “Touch Movements” [76pp Book + CD] in the TouchShop

Acusmonium Sator | Milan 10th April 2017


Auditorium Monday, 10 April 2017 21:00

Cultural Foundation San Fedele – Piazza San Fedele, 4 – Milano

Auditorium San Fedele Milano, Via Hoepli 3 /a
Ingressi spettacoli:  € 8 / € 6*

info e prevendite: Biglietteria Auditorium lun-ven 10 / 12.30 – 14 / 18

Medien-Ökologien / Media-Ecologies, Munich | 1st December 2016

Erich Hörl, Professor für Medienkultur | Professor of Media Culture, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
BJ Nilsen, Klangkünstler und Komponist | sound artist and composer, Amsterdam, NL.
@ Akademie der Bildenden Künste München Akademiestraße 2 – 4
80799 München

Open Sounds | 8. Oktober 2016, 22.04 – 00.00 Uhr | WDR 3

Kallabris wurde bereits Mitte der 80er Jahre von Michael Anacker gegründet. Der Musiker bezeichnet seinen Sound als elektro-akustische Kammermusik, die mit den einfachsten Mitteln aufgenommen wird. Virtuosität wird gegen Dilettantismus eingetauscht, Digitales gegen Analoges. Billige Kassettenrekorder sorgen für rauschende Lo-Fi-Etüden zwischen experimentellen Chansons und harschen Lärmstudien. Zur gleichen Zeit beginnt auch Adi Newton Musik zu machen, zunächst als Clock DVA, dann als The Anti-Group. Ein loses Kollektiv, das sich als multimediale Kunstplattform versteht. Bei den Münsteraner Geräuschwelten bringt Newton die alten “Meontological Research Recordings” auf die Bühne, psychoakustische Experimente aus Testtönen. Zwischen hypernaturalistischen Unwetteraufnahmen und Fieldrecording-Abstraktionen bewegen sich die Roel Meelkop und BJ Nilsen.

Roel Meelkop
TAGC (The Anti Group)

Aufnahmen vom 08.05.2016 aus der Black Box in Münster
Mit Raphael Smarzoch
Redaktion Markus Heuger

Geräuschwelten festival 2016


aufabwegen presents: Geräuschwelten Festival 2016

07.05.2016, 20.00h

Concerts by:
Fovea Hex (Ireland/UK)
Lucrecia Dalt (CO)
Hitoshi Kojo (JP)
08.05.2016, 18.00h (!)
Concerts by:
TAGC (The Anti Group) (UK)
BJNilsen (SE)
Kallabris (D)
Roel Meelkop (NL)

BJNilsen interview for KCRW

BJNilsen interviewed by KCRW’s Madeleine Brand, ahead of tomorrow’s premiere in Los Angeles of his sound installation for The Broad Museum

“L.A.’s newest art museum won’t open for another seven months, but visitors can get a sneak peek this weekend. The Broad Museum – located downtown, next to Walt Disney Concert Hall – is opening one floor of its new building on Sunday. We hear from the museum’s leader, and one of the artists whose work will be showcased this weekend.”

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BJ Nilsen at The Broad Museum, Los Angeles | 15th February 2015


BJ Nilsen & Yann Novak

For one day only, visitors will be able to see The Broad’s vast, column-free third-floor gallery in its raw state, before the art walls are put in place for the museum’s opening on Sept. 20, 2015. Two light and sound works will interact with key features in Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s (DS+R) innovative architecture.

Sky-lit: Volume, Light, and Sound at The Broad will highlight the relationship between the museum’s architecture and its urban environment. Artist BJ Nilsen’s sound installation, DTLA, is an abstract audio landscape of downtown Los Angeles. Just as The Broad’s porous architectural “veil” subtly interweaves natural light and glimpses of the urban streetscape of Grand Avenue into its galleries, Nilsen will bring the soundscape of downtown Los Angeles into The Broad. Stillness, by artist Yann Novak, will be activated after dark, creating an immersive sound and light environment for reflection, inviting visitors to contemplate the effect of climate and light on their physical and emotional states.

BJ Nilsen´s DTLA, is a 16-channel auditory collage of downtown Los Angeles consisting of recorded sound events in and around Grand Avenue, Chinatown, the L.A. River, Olvera Street, Little Tokyo, the Fashion District, Skid Row, Bunker Hill, the Financial District, Echo Park, Union Station, MOCA, the Colburn School and the LA Opera.
Bringing these islands of sound from L.A.’s streets into The Broad enables them to co-exist with visitors and the architectural space, allowing the audience to create their own abstract gallery of urban imagery. The sound installation was conceptualized in relation to the visual experience of the museum’s “veil.”

For more information on The Broad and Sky-lit visit:

The Broad


Los Angeles Times
The New York Times

Ash 11.1 | Johann Johannsson & BJNilsen “I Am Here”


Now available as LP + WAV download from the TouchShop

Based on the original score for the film “I Am Here” (due to be released in 2015), written and directed by Anders Morgenthaler, starring Kim Basinger, Jordan Prentice and Sebastian Schipper. All music written and produced by Jóhann Jóhannsson and BJ Nilsen.

This is the first collaboration between Jóhann Jóhannsson and BJ Nilsen… very much a mix between their two worlds (you can hear both their signatures) and with the help of additional musicians, including Hildur Guðnadóttir on cello and the remarkable voices of Elfa Margrét Ingvadóttir and Guðmundur Vignir Karlsson, they together create a world of great beauty and mystery.

Hazard & BJNilsen now on Bandcamp

We are happy to present the entire out of print Hazard and BJ Nilsen releases, spanning 16 years of activity on both Ash International and Touch. It also includes compilation tracks and live material.


Live at The Arcola Theatre, 14.ix.14 | Download Now Available

Digital Download – 1 track – 23:24
Track listing:
1. Live at The Arcola Theatre, 14.ix.14
Photo by Beth Arzy

Now available from the TouchShop

The Acoustic City Book Launch

Book Launch in London

Stadtklang: The Acoustic City
Start: Sep 14, 2014 6:00:00 PM
End: Sep 14, 2014 10:00:00 PM
Location: Arcola Theatre Bar, 24 Ashwin St, Dalston E8 3DL

The Tapeworm is Five

The Tapeworm

The first way: The Tapeworm’s Bunch of Fives – our fifth birthday, live at Café Oto, 16 September 2014

On the 16th of September, we warmly welcome you to Dalston’s finest, Café Oto, for our fifth birthday concert, ‘The Tapeworm’s Bunch of Fives’. CM von Hausswolff, Osman Arabi and Autodigest are flying in from far-flung places, especially for you. Andrew Poppy will finger the ivories; our interim minstrel Zerocrop will sing for you a lullaby or two; straight outta Croydon, Messrs Cornish and Julian will début a duet set. Surprise guests?

Possibly, yes!

Click here for full details… Tickets now on sale – only a fiver in advance:

The second way: Savage Pencil’s ‘Bunch of Fives’ T-shirt

To celebrate The Tapeworm’s fifth anniverary, the one and only Savage Pencil has dreamed up a new white-on-black T-shirt. This is available to pre-order now in the TouchShop, in five sizes.

The third way: the release of two new cassettes…

CM von Hausswolff delivers ‘Dark 80ies’, a select selection of archive reels featuring the likes of Zbigniew Karkowski and Phauss. ‘Spire: Live in Bergen’ was recorded last year in a Norwegian church – Bach, Scelsci and Pärt rubbing up against BJNilsen and the Spire Ensemble. Both out now.

The fourth way: BJNilsen’s ‘Release the DATs’

Benny offers up a fourth way to celebrate our fifth. Benny’s gone and done us a digital audio tape, ‘Release the DATs’, to be released on The Wormhole in an edition of 25 copies only. Hipster confusion is keenly anticipated… Further details on this release are due at the end of August…

The fifth way: Two new Bookwork books!

The Bookworm, our very occasional publishing effort announces two sexy paperbacks from two sexy Stefans. Stefan Goldmann has interviewed Robert Henke, Cory Archangel and more for ‘Presets – Digital Shortcuts to Sound’. Stefan Fähler’s ‘Zahntasia’ draws a psychedelic pic of the inner life of a tooth. A fifth way to celebrate, comrades! Further information on both publications to follow in early September

Spire Live in Bergen

Recorded on 1st November 2013 as part of Bergen Kirkeautunnale, Norway

Featuring BJNilsen & John Beaumont’s Black Death, a new project using voice (tenor) and electronics; Charles Matthews’s repertoire includes a of organ pieces by Arvo Pärt, Giacinto Scelsi and Johan Sebastian Bach; Marcus Davidson’s Ananta is released for the first time, and Spire regulars The Eternal Chord and The Spire Ensemble also perform.
This cassette will be released in July 2014

Liner notes:

A1: Charles Matthews plays JS Bach “Komm, Heiliger Geist”, A2: Charles Matthews plays Giacinto Scelsi “In Nomine Lucis”, A3. BJNilsen and John Beaumont “Black Death”
B1: The Eternal Chord “The Eternal Chord (Live)”, B2: Marcus Davidson “Ananta”, B3: The Spire Ensemble “Live In Bergen”, B4: Charles Matthews plays Arvo Pärt “Pari Intervallo”

Recorded on 1.11.13 as part of Bergen Kirkeautunnale 2013, with thanks to Kjetil Almenning and Møyfrid Fuglestad. Published by Touch Music [MCPS] except – A2: Editions Salabert/G Ricordi & Co.; B4: Universal Edition.
Illustration – Art I Cho.

This cassette is an aspiring product of The Tapeworm – “give the peasants champagne and they still want dirty water” TTW#70, copyright 2014 The Tapeworm.

This cassette item is now sold out

The Acoustic City Book Released

A publication as part of my UCL/Leverhulme Residency is now out:

The Acoustic City consists of a series of cutting-edge essays on sound and the city accompanied by a specially commissioned CD. The book comprises five thematic sections: urban soundscapes with an emphasis on the distinctiveness of the urban acoustic realm; acoustic flânerie and the recording of sonic environments; sound cultures arising from specific associations between music, place, and sound; acoustic ecologies including relationships between architecture, sound, and urban design; and the politics of noise extending to different instances of anxiety or conflict over sound. This innovative essay collection will be of interest to a wide range of disciplines including architecture, cultural studies, geography, musicology, and urban sociology.

You can get it here

Moers Festival, Moers, Germany June 2014

Moers Festival, Moers, Germany, Saturday 07 June and Sunday 08 June, 17:30 – 20 clock

Concerts May 2014

Halle des expositions d’Évreux | Thursday May 22nd | 8h30
Sonic Lyon, Lyon, Thursday May 15th
Cave 12 Wednesday May 14th – 21h00 (concert 21h30 !)

Fuse Arts Space, City of Bradford, UK


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


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

TO:93 | BJNilsen – “Eye of the Microphone”

Available to order from November 20th
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 by Jon Wozencroft:
St. Paul’s as seen from the London Eye. Cranes rebuilding the City – a highchair for birdsong…