Freida Abtan

Freida Abtan is a Canadian audiovisual composer and multi-disciplinary artist with a keen interest in both immersive media and inter-sensory gesture. She works between fixed and computational technologies in sound and video for concert diffusion, installation, and large-scale multimedia performance situations. Her music ranges from acousmatic composition to more industrial and pop-influenced experimental performance and she has toured internationally both as a solo artist and as a floating member of the renowned experimental music group Nurse with Wound.

Her compositions, performances, and installations have been featured at ICMC, the Spark Festival of Electronic Music, MUTEK, The Elektra Festival, and Cap Sembrat, amongst others. Her first album, subtle movements, is available on United Dairies/Jnana Records. Her second, the hands of the dancer, is available on finite state and through Jnana Records.

Freida primarily works with samples of both musical and non-musical objects that she records herself and then manipulates, often beyond recognition, through techniques derived from musique concrète and through successive layers of digital signal processing. She uses structures reminiscent of popular music and more abstract compositional variants to sequence these sounds into melodic songs before incorporating her own treated voice.

She currently lectures in Music Computing and Audiovisual Composition at Goldsmiths, University of London.


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