NYX is a collaborative drone choir and otherworldly electric chorus, re-embodying live electronics and extended vocal techniques. They have just released their first single ‘VOID’ on their own new imprint NYX Collective records. Listen to the single below and read more about NYX before they perform at Resonance, our collaboration with RE:VIVE, on Saturday 30th November. Kali Malone and Martijn Comes are also set to perform at the event.
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.
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.
Check out the video for ‘VOID’ here, directed by Dan Tobin Smith: