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BJ Nilsen

BJ Nilsen

Bereich: Sound Art

unearthed (with Karl Lemieux) (2015)

Avantgardegasse LP (with Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson)

DTLA (2015)

Key Facts




Sound Art


Amsterdam (NDL)

Empfehlende Institution

TONSPUR Kunstverein Wien


April 2016 - April 2016

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. His original scores and soundtracks have featured in theatre, 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 two latest 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. Editions Mego released a handful of albums by the collaborations made together with the icelandic duo Stilluppsteypa.

Selected Artistic work:
2015 unearthed (Sonic Acts)
2014 Mortology 5cd Morthound Retrospective (Rabbau)
2013 “The Eye Of The Microphone” CD #TO:95 (Nov 2013)
2011 “Vinyl” LP #TO:45
2010 “The Invisible City CD #TO:77
2008 “The Short Night CD #TO:75
2006 “Storm CD # Tone 27 (With Chris Watson)
2005 “Fade to White CD #TO:65
2003 BJNilsen/Hazard “Live at Konzerthaus, Vienna” CD 061203 #TO:CDR5
2003 “Land” CD TO#TONE 17
2001 “Wind” # Ash 6.5 CD (With Chris Watson)
2000 “Wood” CD c/w Bridge/Field LP # ASH 5.5
1999 “North” CD# Ash 4.5
1996 “Lech” CD (Malignant Records)
1994 “The Goddess Who Could Make The Ugly World Beautiful (CMI)
1992 “Spindrift” (CMI)
1991 “This Crying Age” (Cold Meat Industry)

Selected Collaborations:
2015 “unearthed” USB card, Images by Karl Lemieux /Dark Ecology/Sonic Acts
2015 “I am here” LP with Jóhann Jóhannsson / Wormhole Records
2012 “The Swifter”-The Swifter LP / Wormhole Records
2011 “Big Shadow Montana” LP with Stilluppsteypa / Helen Scarsdale
2010 “Space Finale” Cassette+2xLP with Stilluppsteypa, Artwork by Franz Graf Editions Mego
2009 “Man From Deep River” CD with Stilluppsteypa/ Editions Mego
2008 “Passing Out” CD with Stilluppsteypa/ Helen Scarsdale
2007 “22.22” CD with z’ev /Ideal Recordings
2007 “Second Childhood” CD with Hildur Gudnadottir and Stilluppsteypa/Quecksilber
2006 “Storm” CD # Tone 27 (With Chris Watson)
2006 “Drykkjuvisur Ohljodanna” CD with Stilluppsteypa / Helen Scarsdale
2004 “Vikinga Brennivin” with Stilluppsteypa CD / Helen Scarsdale
2001 “Wind” CD # Ash 6.5 (With Chris Watson)

Film, TV, Theatre, Dance, Radio and other Media work:

2014 The Acoustic City, Book publication+CD. Co-Edited with Matthew Gandy, JOVIS Berlin (Forthcoming)
2013 Sound and Music design for “Tutte Bene Mama” Theatre Play Directed By Ewan Marshall for The Print Room, London.
2013 Original Soundtrack for ‘Microtopia’ Swedish Documentary by Jesper Wachtmeister.
2012 Music and Tour for Choreographer Örjan Andersson´s dance-piece The name of the next song.
2010 Sound design for King Lear directed by Benedict Andrews, National Theatre Reykjavik, Iceland
2010 Original Soundtrack for ‘Test Site’ Swedish Documentary by Jesper Wachtmeister
2009 Original Soundtrack for ‘Heliocentric’ a multiscreen installation by Semiconductor
2009 Music Featured in ‘Enter The Void’ Film by Gaspar Nóe
2009 Request For Proposal, Sound design for Skype application
2009 Configurations, Audio piece commissioned by Deutschland Radio Kultur, with Brandon La Belle

<link http: www.bjnilsen.com>www.bjnilsen.com
<link http: www.freq-out.org>www.freq-out.org
<link http: www.theacousticcity.com>www.theacousticcity.com
<link http: www.editionsmego.com>www.editionsmego.com
<link http: www.shaktimusic.ch>www.shaktimusic.ch
<link http: bjnilsen.tumblr.com>bjnilsen.tumblr.com

BJ Nilsen


Production of an eight-channel sound work and a 7-part series of A1 images for the TONSPUR_passage at the MQ in Vienna (TONSPUR 69).

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