Phill Niblock and Thomas Ankersmit Performance
Phill Niblock and Thomas Ankersmit – Sets of music by both
Thomas Ankersmit - A solo set with computer, modular synthesizer and acoustic alto saxophone
Phill Niblock - Music and Images (from the Movement of People Working films)
Bios of the Presenters
Phill Niblock makes thick, loud drones of music, filled with microtones of instrumental timbres which generate many other tones in the performance space. Simultaneously, he presents films / videos which look at the movement of people working, or computer driven black and white abstract images floating through time.
Phill Niblock is an intermedia artist using music, film, photography, video and computers. He makes thick, loud drones of music, filled with microtones of instrumental timbres which generate many other tones in the performance space. Simultaneously, he presents films / videos which look at the movement of people working, or computer driven black and white abstract images floating through time. He was born in Indiana in 1933. Since the mid-60's he
has been making music and intermedia performances which have been shown at numerous venues around the world among which: The Museum of Modern Art; The Wadsworth Atheneum; the Kitchen; the Paris Autumn Festival; Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels; Institute of Contemporary Art, London; Akademie der Kunste, Berlin; ZKM; Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard; World Music Institute at Merkin Hall NYC. Since 1985, he has been the director of the Experimental Intermedia Foundation in New York (http://www.experimentalintermedia.org) where he has been an artist/member since 1968. He is the producer of Music and Intermedia presentations at EI since 1973 (about 1000 performances) and the curator of EI's XI Records label. In 1993 he was part of the formation of an Experimental Intermedia organization in Gent, Belgium - EI v.z.w. Gent - which supports an artist-in-residence house and installations there. Phill Niblock's music is available on the XI, Moikai and Touch labels. A DVD of films and music is available on the Extreme label.
Thomas Ankersmit (born 1979, Leiden, The Netherlands) is a musician and artist based in Berlin and Amsterdam. His main instruments are a Serge analogue modular synthesizer, computer and alto saxophone.
Since 2003 Ankersmit regularly tours together with New York-based composer Phill Niblock and more recently as a duo with Italian electroacoustic artist Valerio Tricoli. Other collaborations have included Tony Conrad, Maryanne Amacher, Jim O'Rourke, Kevin Drumm, Axel Dörner, Gert-Jan Prins and Borbetomagus.
His first full-length CD is on Touch sublabel Ash International.
His music and installation work have been presented at Hamburger Bahnhof, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Podewil and Berghain, Berlin; ZKM, Karlsruhe; Kunsthalle Basel; Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York as well as at festivals such as Club Transmediale and Tuned City, Berlin; ISEA2010, Dortmund; Night of the Unexpected, Amsterdam; Impakt, Utrecht; TodaysArt and State X New Forms, The Hague; November Music, Den Bosch; GAS Festival, Gothenburg; Musica Genera, Szczecin; Skanu Mezs, Riga; Présences Électroniques, Paris; Architectones and Nuit Bleue, Arc-et-Senans; Festival de Radio France, Montpellier; Densités, Fresnes-en-Woëvre; Météo, Mulhouse; Steirischer Herbst, Graz; Netmage and Angelica, Bologna; Observatori, Valencia and Adventures in Modern Music in Chicago.