Phill Niblock Biography

Phill Niblock is an American composer, filmmaker, videographer, and director of Experimental Intermedia, a foundation for avant-garde music based in New York with a parallel branch in Ghent, Belgium.

Phill Niblock Age

Phill Niblock was born in Anderson, Indiana on October 2, 1933. He is 85 Years as of 2018.

Phill Niblock Family

In 1958, Niblock came to New York after an early period studying economics (BA, Indiana University, 1956). Initially, he worked as a photographer and filmmaker. Much of this activity centered around photographing and filming jazz musicians and modern dancers. An epiphany occurred while riding a motorcycle in the Carolina mountains.

Niblock was climbing a grade behind a slow-moving diesel truck when the revolutions of both vehicles’ engines nearly synchronized. “The strong physical presence of the beats resulting from the two engines running at slightly different frequencies put me in such a trance that I nearly rode off the side of the mountain.”

Phill Niblock Wife

He has kept his personal life off the limelight and hence there is not much of information known about him.

Phill Niblock Career

Niblock’s first melodic syntheses date from 1968. Bizarrely, even among the vanguard arrangers of his age, he has no formal melodic preparing. He refers to the melodic exercises of New York during the 1960s (and infrequent vital exhibitions, for example, the debut of Morton Feldman’s Durations pieces) as an improvement. Every one of his arrangements is worked out naturally as opposed to deliberately.

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His initial works were altogether finished with tape, overdubbing natural accounts of decisively tuned long tones played on conventional instruments in four, eight, or sixteen tracks. Since the late 1990s, his music has been made with PC innovation, outstandingly with Pro Tools on a Macintosh PC. His later works are correspondingly progressively thick in a surface, in some cases including upwards of forty tracks.

Niblock has likewise made various movies and recordings, incorporating a few out of an arrangement titled The Movement of People Working. Recorded in principally rustic situations in numerous nations (China, Brazil, Portugal, Lesotho, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, the Arctic, Mexico, Hungary, the Adirondacks, Peru), the movies take a gander at ordinary work, regularly agrarian or marine work.

These movies are wonderful for their practical quality and nonattendance of stratagem, their utilization of long takes in high goals and there as far as anyone knows naive juxtaposition of convincing pictures in distinctive hues. These scenes of the development of human physical work are dealt with uniquely without express anthropological or sociological significance.

As in the music, surface gradualness is countered by a functioning, fluctuated surface of musicality and type of body movement inside the edge; this is the thing that Niblock himself thinks about a definitive topic of his movies.

Experimental Intermedia Foundation

Since 1985, Niblock has been the director of the Experimental Intermedia Foundation in New York where he has been an artist-member since 1968. Niblock received a 1994 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award and a 2014 Foundation for Contemporary Arts John Cage award. He is the producer of music and Intermedia presentations at EI since 1973 (about 1,000 performances) and the curator of EI’s XI Records label.

In 1993, he opened a house with window gallery at Sassekaai 45 in Ghent, Belgium, and, in 1997, the coordinating committee—Phill Niblock, Maria Blondeel, Zjuul Devens, Lieve D’hondt, and Ludo Engels—founded a Belgian organization, the Experimental Intermedia v.z.w., Ghent. He taught at the College of Staten Island, a CUNY school, from 1971 to 1998.

Phill Niblock’s music is available on the XI, Moikai, Mode Records, and Touch labels. A double-sided DVD of films and music, lasting nearly four hours, is available on the Extreme label.

Music style

Niblock’s music is an exploration of sound textures created by multiple tones in very dense, often atonal tunings (generally microtonal in conception) performed in long durations. The layering of long tones only very slightly distinct in pitch creates a multitude of beats and generates complex overtone patterns and other fascinating psychoacoustic effects. His compositional process often begins with recordings of single, absolute tones played by a specific musician with the breathing and attack and decay edited out.

Such collaborations have been crucial to his composing life, and the range of musicians with whom he has worked include David Gibson, in the cello works of the 1970s); Petr Kotik, Susan Stenger, and Eberhard Blum, on Four Full Flutes; Rafael Toral, David First, Lee Ranaldo, Thurston Moore, Susan Stenger, and Robert Poss on Guitar Too, for Four (G2,44+1×2); Ulrich Krieger, Carol Robinson, Kaspar T. Toeplitz, and Reinhold Friedl, on Touch Food; Dave Soldier and the Soldier String Quartet on Five More String Quartets, Early Winter; and many others.

In the past decade, he has produced several works for orchestra: Disseminate, Three Orchids (for three orchestras), Tow for Tom (for two orchestras), and 4 Chorch + 1, the latter a commission for the Ostrava Music Days 2007 for chorus and orchestra with solo baritone (Thomas Buckner). The premieres of all these works have been conducted by Petr Kotik.

Phill Niblock Net Worth

Niblock is an American composer, filmmaker, videographer, and director of Experimental Intermedia. His primary source of net worth is his filming career. However, his estimated net worth is still under review.

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