An experiential exploration of ambient, noise & electronic music, NYX makes ambient and ecstatic sonic landscapes, punctuated with acoustic glitching, polyphonic overtone and electric textures.
NYX’s approach to post-digital performance and composition is influenced Meredith Monk’s extended vocal technique, Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares’ charged harmonics, the electronic and acoustic body manipulations of Holly Herndon, the viscerality of Sunn 0)))’s ecstatic noise experiences and participatory community music projects like Peter Broderick’s The Beacon Sound Choir. Alongside performances, the collective continues to research health and social benefits of sonic immersion in relation to ethnomusicology, sound therapy, collaboration, feminism and new digital technologies.
NYX looks to reshape the role of the traditional female choir, testing the limits of organic and synthetic modulation to explore the entire spectrum of collective female voice as an instrument.
Alongside solo projects, NYX is a collaborative force, recently developing special projects with multidisciplinary artists such as Gazelle Twin, Christina Vantzou, Dan Tobin Smith, Hatis Noit, Iona Fortune and Alicia Jane Turner with Dead Light.
A lament for humanism.
This is the future of spiritual music” — If Only
NYX are incredibly skilled technicians, merging visceral, scratching vocals with live electronic manipulation as they stand at their mixing desks. The layers of powerful, stinging voices, the costumes, the choreography and the strobe lights: the show has total command over its audience.” — The Quietus
I’ll always find space for this kind of beautiful sound” — Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC 6 Music
NYX shows that there is still endless depth in harmonies, reverberation and singing together. Without having to stumble frivolously, or being the inimitable avant-garde.” — 3voor12
By harnessing the void between nature and technology, the choir show us the creative possibilities of our 21st century relationship with electronics. While they utilise an impressive display of extended voice techniques, from reversed loops and heavy pitch shifts, a distinct human quality is still audible in NYX’s work. Community is truly at the heart of the collective. Despite the use of contemporary electronics, NYX taps into a very primal desire for a shared aural experience.” — DAZED
NYX creates experiential music projects, working with a pool of interdisciplinary artists including our core team: Adelaide Pratoussy, Cecilia Forssberg, Imogen Knight, Kelechi Anucha, Peter Rice, Ruth Corey and Shireen Qureshi. NYX is under the creative direction of Joshua Thomas, Philippa Neels and Sian O’Gorman.
We are supported by Arts Council England, Help Musicians UK and Ableton.
We are inspired by our evolving collective of brilliant minds:
NYX looks to reshape the role of the traditional female choir, testing the limits of organic and synthetic modulation to explore the entire spectrum of collective female voice as an instrument. We are not all experts, but rather rely on a skill sharing and collective curiosity to make new sound and experiences.
Members of NYX are supported with training opportunities to explore extended vocal technique, embodiment, and extended music production skills with the support of our partnership with Ableton. As a revolving collective, we offer flexibility for members to come in and out of the collective, or to collaborate with the choir through their own practice. While we work in small groups for projects, we aim to offer a regular experimental platform for all choir members to challenge their own practices and develop new ideas together. Beyond our music, we provide professional development opportunities for educators, academics, project managers, composers and music producers.
Loop is three days of discussions, performances, presentations, studio sessions, installations and interactive workshops aimed at exchanging ideas at the cutting edge of music, technology and creative practice. Bringing together artists, technologists, educators and other creative thinkers, Loop is a collective exploration of what it is to make music today and what it could be tomorrow.
More info HERE
NYX; electronic drone choir, and composer Christina Vantzou present a new, breathing symphony for electronics and the voice inspired by symbiosis in the natural world. NYX and Vantzou will create unique compositions, feeding live vocals through modular synths, letting organic and digital information entwine and unfold over time. In this embodied ambient performance, the choir explores the deep structural patterns of nature through music.
Christina Vantzou is a Kansas City, Missouri native of Greek descent who resides in Brussels, Belgium. A composer & experimental filmmaker, she works with space, sound, and image on a level of curiosity and refinement. Over the course of fifteen years she has built an audiovisual language very much her own. Vantzou has composed and released four albums of ambient-classical music on Kranky and has developed a form of graphic musical notation influenced by abstract minimalists. Her many collaborations have included performing with Mark Linkous (Sparklehorse), co-founding The Dead Texan, creating surreal videos/abstract films and performing with ensembles across 4 continents.
More info and tickets available HERE
Rewire Festival teamed up with the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision’s RE:VIVE initiative for Resonance, a day of concerts, workshops, and discourse exploring new contexts in contemporary church music at Stevenskerk in Nijmegen.
“Rewire has been staging performances in churches since its inception, and some of the most transcendent Rewire festival experiences have happened in church venues over the years. In November 2019, Rewire headed to the oldest and largest church in Nijmegen for a day of contemporary musical performances highlighting the three aural pillars of the church: the carillon (or bells), the voice and the organ.
Dutch composer Martijn Comes together with Malgosia Fiebig presented a newly commissioned piece for the Stevenskerk carillon titled ‘Radiance’, which visitors experienced outside the Stevenskerk before entering the building for Comes’ second performance using tape recordings and electronics, titled ‘Time’. Minimalist composer Kali Malone presented original compositions on the Stevenskerk’s monumental 18th century König organ, performing together with haunting film score composer Erik Enocksson. All-female drone choir NYX completed the music programme. NYX are a six member vocal troupe who are reshaping the role of the traditional female choir with ambient and ecstatic soundscapes.”
Parallel to the music programme, during the day there were workshops for musicians and a discourse program with experts from the music and heritage world.
Gazelle Twin and NYX present Deep England, coming together to create an otherworldly electric chorus, expanding time and space.
Replacing electronic sounds with human voices, this collaborative performance channels the dizzying anxiety of post-truth Britain, in a distorted dreamscape of whispers and operatic chaos. Punctuated with acoustic glitching, polyphonic overtone and ambient textures, the performance amplifies the many layers of Gazelle Twin’s acclaimed album Pastoral, as well as original NYX compositions, and English pagan and sacred music.
The project was first commissioned by NYX and was performed on 9 December 2018 as part of a collaborative series at London’s Oval Space. In 2020 music from Deep England will be released as an album on NYX Collective Records. Supported by Serious’ Giant Steps, a talent development scheme funded by Help Musicians, Arts Council England, and the Serious Trust
Photo credit: Jamie Cameron
Deep England felt like a timeless piece of avant-garde performance art, part catharsis and part exorcism. Like Brexit, it could run and run.” — The Times
The layers of powerful, stinging voices, the costumes, the choreography and the strobe lights: the show has total command over its audience.” — The Quietus
Gazelle Twin performing with the hypnotic voices of NYX was a transcendental purge, a focused concentration on what it means to breath and exist in this life and the fear of the fascist turn in Britain. A tear was whipped from the faces of everyone surrounding me, whilst smiles and dumbfounded expressions filled the room. Scary, truthful harrowing yet hopeful. A lament for humanism. I feel that this is the future of spiritual music. ” — If Only
During AMOK, the KAAP arts takes over the city of Brugges, a contemporary urban development project in the Sint-Jakobsbuurt. AMOK connects the city district with more than 50 concerts or performances by some 200 artists. AMOK is a microcosm with its own dynamic and wants to initiate an urban movement. As part of the festival NYX performed a live show and hosted a vocal workshop for female and non-binary particpants.
Photo credit: Yvan Mahieu
VOID is a multi-sensory spatial installation at Collins Music Hall, Islington, featured as part of the London Design Festival 2019. Created by Designer Dan Tobin Smith and creative studio The Experience Machine, in partnership with Gemfields. As part of the 10 day installation scored by NYX, the electronic drone choir gave two sold out live performances within the space.
Photo credit: El Hardwick
Designer Dan Tobin Smith and creative studio The Experience Machine, in partnership with Gemfields, presented VOID; a multi-sensory spatial installation at Collins Music Hall, Islington. Original music score composed by Sian O’Gorman for NYX.
Visitors were part of an immersive experience, travelling through a series of large-scale projections that showcased the expanded space inside gemstones and mapped the blurring boundaries between nature and design.
A selection of Mozambican rubies and Zambian emeralds from Gemfields’ mines, which date back millions of years, were brought to life through photography of tiny microcosms magnified to become abstract, galaxy-like structures.
Accompanied by other semi-precious gems created in rare geological processes, these unique mineral formations were discovered, suspended and frozen in time. The installation considered the concept of containment and scale, employing spatial design to explore the natural borders formed within these unique mineral formations.
By translating moving image into a contained physical form and scoring the experience with harmonised layers of the human voice – by NYX – visitors were invited to enter within the portrait of a gemstone’s natural inclusion.
Sigur Rós presents Liminal: a free ambient sound bath in the heart of London’s Hyde Park.. It marked one of their first sound bath shows and included remixes of music from ‘Tónandi’, the audiovisual augmented reality experience they created, alongside other works from their back catalogue.
In the ongoing monthly series, Kings Place shine a light into the crucible of new music creation today, revealing exhilarating cross-currents in sound and style. From contemporary orchestral composition to shimmering electronic sound worlds, musical expression is becoming less defined by genre, more framed by its emotional and cultural contexts. Luminate taps into this bold, exploratory landscape in a series of shows that will provoke and inspire.
NYX performed as part of the second season of Luminate. Support by the Australian born vocalist, musician and ethereal soundscaper, Penelope Trappes.
Photo credit: Nicola Hedden & Lily V Green
The 9th edition of Rewire festival upheld the tradition of presenting adventurous music; highlighting forward-thinking artists who push boundaries and rewire the idea of what music and performance can be today. Musicians who embrace innovation, explore new artistic directions and collaborations and seek out new forms of performative expression. Rewire 2019 explored how these artists disrupt the status quo and intervene across a spectrum of musical outputs and artistic disciplines.
At Rewire 2019, re-embodying digital instrumentation and live electronics, Iona Fortune & NYX conducted a liminal ceremony in which they channel the sonics of the I Ching, it’s symbology, energy and cosmological significance into euphoric collective experience.
“On the last day of the festival, when ears of all corners and extremes are buzzing, NYX shows that there is still endless depth in harmonies, reverberation and singing together. Without having to stumble frivolously, or being the inimitable avant-garde.”— 3voor12
Photo credit: Rewire Festival
NYX with Alicia Jane Turner + Dead Light
Lafawndah (DJ set)
An intimate premiere of collaborative compositions from NYX and composer, violinist and performance artist Alicia Jane Turner with Dead Light (Anna Rose Carter and Ed Hamilton). Exploring breath, the sonorities of the female voice and the relationship between the internal and external body, a visceral work that challenges the sonic interconnections between classical instrumentation, voice and synthetic textures.
Alicia’s practice focuses on the visceral affectivity of sound and live music in performance, using compositions and immersive sound design to explore the relationship between the internal and external body. In her work and research she interrogates the gendered politics of listening, silence and noise, using sound to ask questions about physicality, identity and intimacy. Her compositions fuse the textures of noise music and ambient minimalism with classical instrumentation and electronics, to create dissonant and intricately layered pieces
Dead Light was created after Anna Rose Carter and Ed Hamilton moved from London to a quiet, remote space in the countryside. Dead Light’s sound is characterised by distant and reflective, yet intimate and emotive piano motifs coupled with a plethora of analogue artefacts ranging from loops constructed on cheap old tape machines, tape delays (via daisy chained reel to reel machines), homemade synthesisers, contact mics etc. Their music draws upon classical, ambient, pop and electro-acoustic influences.
DJ support from vocalist, musician and artist Lafawndah
Video credit: Vincent Moon
NYX with Iona Fortune
NYX and Iona Fortune conducted a liminal ceremony, re-embodying digital instrumentation and live electronics. Following recent commissions at Berlin’s Atonal Festival and Dark Mofo in Tasmania, Iona joined NYX to continue sonic exploration of the I Ching, its symbology, inherent energy & cosmological significance.
Iona Fortune is a composer/producer hailing from Glasgow, Scotland. Inspired by Eastern philosophy, her music is influenced by oriental sounds and features a palette of instruments that includes the Guzheng, Gamelan and EMS Synthi AKS. Debuting on Optimo Music in 2017, her first album Tao of I (the first of an 8-part series of releases exploring the hexagrams of the I-Ching) received much critical acclaim & saw her supporting various artists including Laraaji, Factory Floor and Oliver Coates in her hometown as well as a full UK tour opening for rock legends Shellac. Support from producer, writer and dj Flora Yin-Wong and London-based collective Commune. Photo credit: Jamie Cameron
NYX with Gazelle Twin
+ Belinda Zhawi & Anna Wall
Gazelle Twin and NYX came together as a collaborative drone choir to create an otherworldly electric chorus, expanding time and space. Together, NYX and Gazelle Twin will channel the dizzying anxiety of post-truth Britain, in a distorted dreamscape of whispers and operatic chaos.
Gazelle Twin is a moniker for independent artist, Elizabeth Bernholz. Her musical output takes an unconventional approach to production and live performance, featuring changing personas, themes and multiple genres. Gazelle Twin released her album Pastoral this in September 2018, with tracks overflowing with a frenzy of traditional and contemporary musical tropes; from early music instrumentation – the harpsichord and the humble recorder, fed through myriad electronics – to the compelling, ritualistic application of found sample-looping.
Support came from poet Belinda Zhawi and DJ Anna Wall
Photo credit: Jamie Cameron & Saint Jorre
NYX with Hatis Noit
+ Wild Adoration
Erased Tapes Japanese vocal performer Hatis Noit joined NYX in the first of a 4-part series of unique holistic electronic music meditations. For this event, NYX composed and improvised ambient sonic landscapes punctuated with acoustic glitching, polyphonic overtone and ambient textures in response to Hatis Noit’s music that at once deconstruct and recombine Western Classical, Japanese folk and nature’s own ambient atmosphere.
Supported by singer, songwriter, musician and producer Wild Adoration.
“I’ll always find space for this kind of beautiful sound”
— Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC 6 Music
Full info coming soon.
Three embodied, electronic meditations by NYX and friends.
Over recent weeks we’ve been asking ourselves what we can do to help during these testing times, this is where we decided to start. As a collective who believe firmly in the healing power of music through sonic immersion, we’re pleased to share this new 3-track EP of ambient and ecstatic soundscapes. Music to go within when you can’t go out. These musical sketches, demos and rehearsal recordings were all created between 2018-19.
This release is exclusive to Bandcamp with 50% of profits being donated to The Trussell Trust, a charity that supports a network of over 1,200 food bank centres in the UK, and the Samaritans, who are providing essential mental health services during this global pandemic. The other 50% will be much-needed support for the NYX collective, helping us to keep our heads above water during this time when all of our live shows have been cancelled or postponed.
NYX takeover on NTS radio, covering for our friends Siren. We played some new and released tracks/demos by us, music from friends & collaborators and our collective influences right across the electronic and experimental spectrum.
VOID was created for a multi-sensory installation by the same name, VOID, with visual artist Dan Tobin Smith (Alexander McQueen, Louis Vuitton) and The Experience Machine (Beyonce, James Blake) for London Design Festival in September 2019. Performed as a live electronic meditation between large scale projections and light refraction, VOID embodied expanded space and imperfections inside gemstones. Challenging ancient, ecstatic and elemental energy of gemstones, NYX’s sonic immersion commands the power and magic of collective female voice and electronics to move through symbiosis in nature.
Our debut single ‘Void’ out now on our new imprint NYX Collective Records. Music video by Dan Tobin Smith.
Composer & Producer: Sian O’Gorman
Executive Producers: Philippa Neels & Joshua Thomas
Sound Director: Sonjay Prabhakar
Vocalists: Adelaide Pratoussy, Cecilia Forssberg, Kelechi Anucha, Ruth Corey, Shireen Qureshi, Sian O’Gorman.
Engineer: Mike Horner
Mixing & Mastering: Ed Hamilton
Featuring: Adelaide Pratoussy, Cecilia Forssberg, Kelechi Anucha, Ruth Corey, Shireen Qureshi, Sian O’Gorman Alicia Jane Turner (violin), Dead Light (piano & synth)
Directed by Vincent Moon
Produced by Josh Thomas, Philippa Neels & Sian O’Gorman
Sound by John Green
Movement by Imogen Knight
Styling by Olivia Rose Hulme
Wearing a collection by Tuğcan Dökmen