Geräuschwelten festival 2016

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Geräuschwelten Festival 2016

07.05.2016, 20.00h
Concerts by:
Fovea Hex (Ireland/UK)
Lucrecia Dalt (CO)
Hitoshi Kojo (JP)

08.05.2016, 18.00h (!)
Concerts by:
TAGC (The Anti Group) (UK)
BJNilsen (SE)
Kallabris (D)
Roel Meelkop (NL)

BJNilsen interview for KCRW

BJNilsen interviewed by KCRW's Madeleine Brand, ahead of tomorrow's premiere in Los Angeles of his sound installation for The Broad Museum

“L.A.’s newest art museum won’t open for another seven months, but visitors can get a sneak peek this weekend. The Broad Museum – located downtown, next to Walt Disney Concert Hall – is opening one floor of its new building on Sunday. We hear from the museum’s leader, and one of the artists whose work will be showcased this weekend.”

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BJ Nilsen at The Broad Museum, Los Angeles | 15th February 2015


BJ Nilsen & Yann Novak

For one day only, visitors will be able to see The Broad’s vast, column-free third-floor gallery in its raw state, before the art walls are put in place for the museum’s opening on Sept. 20, 2015. Two light and sound works will interact with key features in Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s (DS+R) innovative architecture.

Sky-lit: Volume, Light, and Sound at The Broad will highlight the relationship between the museum’s architecture and its urban environment. Artist BJ Nilsen’s sound installation, DTLA, is an abstract audio landscape of downtown Los Angeles. Just as The Broad’s porous architectural “veil” subtly interweaves natural light and glimpses of the urban streetscape of Grand Avenue into its galleries, Nilsen will bring the soundscape of downtown Los Angeles into The Broad. Stillness, by artist Yann Novak, will be activated after dark, creating an immersive sound and light environment for reflection, inviting visitors to contemplate the effect of climate and light on their physical and emotional states.

BJ Nilsen´s DTLA, is a 16-channel auditory collage of downtown Los Angeles consisting of recorded sound events in and around Grand Avenue, Chinatown, the L.A. River, Olvera Street, Little Tokyo, the Fashion District, Skid Row, Bunker Hill, the Financial District, Echo Park, Union Station, MOCA, the Colburn School and the LA Opera.

Bringing these islands of sound from L.A.’s streets into The Broad enables them to co-exist with visitors and the architectural space, allowing the audience to create their own abstract gallery of urban imagery. The sound installation was conceptualized in relation to the visual experience of the museum’s “veil.”

About BJ Nilsen
A Swedish composer and sound artist based in Berlin and London, BJ Nilsen focuses primarily on the sounds of nature and cities and their effects on people. His two latest solo albums, released by Touch—Eye of the Microphone (2013) and The Invisible City (2010)—have explored the urban acoustic realm. His original scores and soundtracks have been featured in theater and dance productions and films, including Microtopia and Test Site (directed by Jesper Wachtmeister), Enter the Void (directed by Gaspar Noé) and (in collaboration with Jóhann Jóhannsson) I am here (directed by Anders Morgenthaler). In 2014, he co-edited the book and CD publication The Acoustic City with Matthew Gandy. BJ Nilsen’s sound works are published by Touch.

For more information on The Broad and Sky-lit visit:
The Broad


Los Angeles Times
The New York Times

Ash 11.1 | Johann Johannsson & BJNilsen "I Am Here"

Now available as LP + WAV download from the TouchShop

Based on the original score for the film “I Am Here” (due to be released in 2015), written and directed by Anders Morgenthaler, starring Kim Basinger, Jordan Prentice and Sebastian Schipper. All music written and produced by Jóhann Jóhannsson and BJ Nilsen.

This is the first collaboration between Jóhann Jóhannsson and BJ Nilsen… very much a mix between their two worlds (you can hear both their signatures) and with the help of additional musicians, including Hildur Guðnadóttir on cello and the remarkable voices of Elfa Margrét Ingvadóttir and Guðmundur Vignir Karlsson, they together create a world of great beauty and mystery.

Hazard & BJNilsen now on Bandcamp

We are happy to present the entire out of print Hazard and BJ Nilsen releases, spanning 16 years of activity on both Ash International and Touch. It also includes compilation tracks and live material.



Live at The Arcola Theatre, 14.ix.14 | Download Now Available

Digital Download - 1 track - 23:24

Track listing:

1. Live at The Arcola Theatre, 14.ix.14

Photo by Beth Arzy

Now available from the TouchShop

The Acoustic City

Book Launch in London

Stadtklang: The Acoustic City
Start: Sep 14, 2014 6:00:00 PM
End: Sep 14, 2014 10:00:00 PM
Location: Arcola Theatre Bar, 24 Ashwin St, Dalston E8 3DL

The Tapeworm is Five


The first way: The Tapeworm’s Bunch of Fives – our fifth birthday, live at Café Oto, 16 September 2014

On the 16th of September, we warmly welcome you to Dalston’s finest, Café Oto, for our fifth birthday concert, ‘The Tapeworm’s Bunch of Fives’. CM von Hausswolff, Osman Arabi and Autodigest are flying in from far-flung places, especially for you. Andrew Poppy will finger the ivories; our interim minstrel Zerocrop will sing for you a lullaby or two; straight outta Croydon, Messrs Cornish and Julian will début a duet set. Surprise guests? Possibly, yes!

Click here for full details… Tickets now on sale – only a fiver in advance:

The second way: Savage Pencil’s ‘Bunch of Fives’ T-shirt

To celebrate The Tapeworm’s fifth anniverary, the one and only Savage Pencil has dreamed up a new white-on-black T-shirt. This is available to pre-order now in the TouchShop, in five sizes.

The third way: the release of two new cassettes…

CM von Hausswolff delivers ‘Dark 80ies’, a select selection of archive reels featuring the likes of Zbigniew Karkowski and Phauss. ‘Spire: Live in Bergen’ was recorded last year in a Norwegian church – Bach, Scelsci and Pärt rubbing up against BJNilsen and the Spire Ensemble. Both out now.

The fourth way: BJNilsen’s ‘Release the DATs’

Benny offers up a fourth way to celebrate our fifth. Benny’s gone and done us a digital audio tape, ‘Release the DATs’, to be released on The Wormhole in an edition of 25 copies only. Hipster confusion is keenly anticipated… Further details on this release are due at the end of August…

The fifth way: Two new Bookwork books!

The Bookworm, our very occasional publishing effort announces two sexy paperbacks from two sexy Stefans. Stefan Goldmann has interviewed Robert Henke, Cory Archangel and more for ‘Presets – Digital Shortcuts to Sound’. Stefan Fähler’s ‘Zahntasia’ draws a psychedelic pic of the inner life of a tooth. A fifth way to celebrate, comrades! Further information on both publications to follow in early September


Spire - Live in Bergen

The Tapeworm # TTW#70 [Cassette]

Cassette only – limited edition of 150 copies
*** PRE ORDER - RELEASE DATE 18.8.14 ***

Track listing;
A1: Charles Matthews plays JS Bach "Komm, Heiliger Geist"
A2: Charles Matthews plays Giacinto Scelsi "In Nomine Lucis"
A3. BJNilsen and John Beaumont "Black Death"
B1: The Eternal Chord "The Eternal Chord (Live)"
B2: Marcus Davidson "Ananta"
B3: The Spire Ensemble "Live In Bergen"
B4: Charles Matthews plays Arvo Pärt "Pari Intervallo"

Illustration - Art I Cho

Recorded on 1st November 2013 as part of Bergen Kirkeautunnale, Norway.

Featuring BJNilsen & John Beaumont’s ‘Black Death’, a new project using voice (tenor) and electronics; Charles Matthews’s repertoire includes performances of organ pieces by Arvo Pärt, Giacinto Scelsi and Johann Sebastian Bach; Marcus Davidson’s ‘Ananta’ is released for the first time, and Spire regulars The Eternal Chord and The Spire Ensemble also perform.

Spire is an organ-based live project curated by Touch’s Mike Harding and organist Charles Matthews, and is celebrating ten years of activity. You can read more about the project here. -

‘The tall peaceful trees would be like the pipes of a great organ…’ (Claude Debussy)

‘It is impossible not to be drawn upward, whether towards the spire of the church or cathedral or to the huge and daunting forest of pipes themselves. The organ dwarfs all comers, and unlike other instruments, it is this non-musical element which makes the organ stand apart.’ (Mike Harding)

The Acoustic City

A publication as part of my UCL/Leverhulme Residency is now out:

The Acoustic City consists of a series of cutting-edge essays on sound and the city accompanied by a specially commissioned CD. The book comprises five thematic sections: urban soundscapes with an emphasis on the distinctiveness of the urban acoustic realm; acoustic flânerie and the recording of sonic environments; sound cultures arising from specific associations between music, place, and sound; acoustic ecologies including relationships between architecture, sound, and urban design; and the politics of noise extending to different instances of anxiety or conflict over sound. This innovative essay collection will be of interest to a wide range of disciplines including architecture, cultural studies, geography, musicology, and urban sociology.

You can get it here


You can now follow BJNilsen on twitter - @bennynilsen

Touch & TouchRadio | Publishing & Licensing

BJNilsen is exclusively published by Touch Music [MCPS]. His work is also released on Touch, one of the most influential independent labels based in the UK [founded 1981/2].

Touch Radio

TouchRadio 100 | BJNilsen
Bottomless Perfume

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BJNilsen is a member of Spire. You can read about Spire and all the live events, including photos, here


Here you can download various tracks from releases by Hazard/BJNilsen which are now out of print or were never released:

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Here are BJNilsen's releases with the titles linked to the relevent page in the TouchShop. Reviews of all of BJNilsen's releases can be read here

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info [at] bjnilsen [dot] com


BJNilsen is collaborating with various artists, resulting in some compact discs detailed below.

He is also a member of freq_out, a collective curated by CM von Hausswolff.

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Biography & Photos

BJ Nilsen is a Swedish composer and sound artist based in Berlin and London. His work is primarily focused on the sound of nature and its effects on humans. His two latest solo albums released by Touch Eye Of The Microphone (2013) - a personal audio rendition based on the sound of London - and The Invisible City (2010), have explored the urban acoustic realm. He has collaborated with Chris Watson on Storm and Wind, released by Touch (2006, 2001). His original scores and soundtracks have featured in theatre, dance, and film, including Microtopia and Test Site (2013, 2010, dir. Jesper Wachtmeister), Enter the Void (2010, dir. Gaspar Noé), and, in collaboration with Jóhann Jóhannsson, I am here (2014, dir. Anders Morgenthaler). In 2014, he co-edited the book+CD publication The Acoustic City (jovis) together with Matthew Gandy.

BJNilsen has collaborated with Chris Watson, Hildur Gudnadottir, Philip Jeck and Stilluppsteypa amongst others.

Photo: Jiyeon Kim

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Features & Press Coverage

Reviews of all of BJNilsen's releases can be read here

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