photo by r. yau
OLIVIA BLOCK is a contemporary composer and sound artist who combines
field recordings, scored segments for acoustic instruments, and
electronically generated sound. Her recorded work seeks to introduce
and ultimately reconcile nature with artifice in the realms of music
and sound. In the process, "organic" sound becomes subtly
process, digitized, and abstracted; "inorganic" sound
becomes self-replicating and animate; and "musical" elements
such as chamber instruments are defamiliarized from their traditional
associations, freeing them to participate in the larger aesthetic
possibilities of sound. Block works with recorded media, chamber
ensembles, video, and site specific sound installations.
She has performed throughout Europe, America, and Japan in tours
and festivals including Dissonanze, Archipel, Angelica, Outer Ear,
and many others.
Block has created sound installations for public sites and exhibition
spaces including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the
library at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, the Lincoln Conservatory
Fern Room in Chicago, and at the "Echoes Through the Mountains"
exhibit at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.
She has also published recordings through Sedimental and Cut.
Olivia Block performed 23five's Tenth Annual Activating The Medium
festival in 2007.