Sofie Loizou

About

Sofie Loizou is an Australian classically trained musician, composer, producer and media artist. Traversing performance, installation and public art, as well as a diverse discographic output as a composer and producer, Loizou’s key interest lies in artistically exploring the convergent realms of the modern classical composer, the sound designer, the DJ, and the electronic music producer using a variety of methodologies to investigate how these realms overlap artistically, using them to extend the vocabulary of music and sound.

Inspired by the compositional techniques of minimalist composers such as Steve Reich and Lamonte Young as well as the Detroit techno movement, she released seven vinyl records through the Australian record label Southern Outpost (1998 – 2005) with co-creators Patrick Wacher, Ryan McLaughlin and Phil Chan. Investigating the fusion between heavy driving rhythms and analogue synthesis, with an emphasis on sub-bass frequencies, these records have been acquired and presented by some of Detroits infamous techno performers on the Underground Resistance label, including Mad Mike, Claude Young, Juan Atkins and DJ Rolando.

An invitation to the 2003 Red Bull Music Academy in Capetown, South Africa, and subsequent mentorship by Robert Moog (Moog Synthesisers) led her to develop a new sound world, where vintage synthesisers, field recordings and heavily processed samples and field recordings are intricately woven together with the lyrical narrative of acoustic instrumentation. In 2006 Sofie was invited to the Red Bull Music Academy headquarters in Cologne, Germany, undertaking a highly successful collaboration with Chicago house music producer Theo Parrish, leading to a release of the track The Chemistry on the Sound Signature record label. She was also mentored by seminal Blue Note producer Larry Mizell (Donald Byrd) and Fonce (Jackson Five), creating several collaborative works with them.

Loizou collaborated with Polish experimental sound artist and performer Dawid Szczesny (Mille Plateaux, Nivea) touring A Tale of Two Cities, an hour-long live improvisation performance, through Poland and Germany including locations such as Staalplaat Records in Berlin. The project used processed field recordings to delve into temporal shifts and ultimately the deconstruction of rhythm, using the sonic relationships and differentials between their respective home cities, Wroclaw and Sydney as the backdrop.

As a music producer, Loizou has output numerous works including Jacqui Hunt (Single Gun Theory, Auraphonic), Monk Fly (Frequency Lab), Dawid Szczesny (Mille Plateaux) bvdub (Quietus) and completed commissions for night time #2 at the CarriageWorks, Sydney (2007), The Sky is Falling installation in Martin Place, Sydney for the Art and About festival (2008), The Dignity of Labour at the Underbelly Arts festival (2011) and Confined – The Opera by Tammy Brennan (2011).

Sofie’s media art works for gallery environments examine the duality of sound: permanence and transience. Her work for international public art initiative, Cracks in the Pavement, (2005) addressed the concept of gifts in the urban landscape – those “in between” spaces serendipitously encountered in daily city life – through the lens of intricately processed field recordings. Exhibited at Don’t Look Gallery, Sydney, her work, People are Grass created from living grasses and electronics, played on notions of decay as a metaphor for the transient nature of existence. Funded by the Australia Council for the Arts, her new musical instrument, Shimmer, was exhibited in Bathurst Art Gallery in 2009. Constructed from bronze and wood, it reflects on ideas of permanency admidst our tendency towards throwaway culture and a world in rapid flux.

Loizou has curated and programmed many events over the last decade including Deep Space (1995 – 2000) the annual Red Bull Music Academy programs (2004 – 2011) and CDR Creative Sydney at the Museum of Contemporary Art (2009). As a member of the Sydney-based production team, Space is the Place, she has been instrumental in touring many international seminal electronic music performers to Australia including Flying Lotus, Gaslamp Killer, Teebs, Tokimonsta and Samiyam, and Kode9 (Sonic Warfare – Sound, Affect, The Ecology of Fear – MIT Press).

Loizou began as a radio presenter during the FBi test broadcasts (1995 – 1996). She currently presents the radio show, The Shadows of Tomorrow, on 2ser 107.3FM in Sydney, and previously produced weekly podcasts for Chasing the Tangent and Resonant Tapestry (in collaboration with Jennifer Teo) on Blair Stafford’s StraightUp Radio.

Sofie Loizou has also toured extensively including solo performances at Electrofringe Festival Newcastle (2003) Sonar Festival (2005) Sound Summit (2006) Cairns Music Festival (2007) St Jeromes Festival Melbourne (2008), Peats Ridge Festival (2009-10) and Gogbot Festival (2011), Stereosonic (2012), Subsonic (2013), Strawberry Fields (2014). Sofie has also performed with local Sydney bands “Tracy Redhead”(Perfect Sun/Inertia) in 2008-09 & “Ollo” (Metal Postcard) in 2011.

In 2010 Sofie Loizou founded the label “Radical Nature” and released her first solo record, featuring Natalia Grosiak (Poland) Dawid Szczesny (Poland), as well as a deep minimal style remix from bvdub (USA). Resident Advisor wrote “The trio’s first release together sounds a bit like the music box moments on Aphex Twin’s Drukqs, with a soft beat pulsating in the background and a trumpet fading away into the dark.” Loizou’s second solo vinyl release “Aphoria Horizonte” in May 2012 was distributed through Clone Records in Rotterdam.

2012 also saw the birth of Loizou’s new project, Anomie, which saw her delve further into the experimental dance music sound exploration with the release of the Forward <<>> Backward EP on the now defunct Sub Continental Dub imprint. Sofie then went on to found another record label, All in Your Mind Records, to promote the experimental dance music community as well as her 2014 double vinyl release Permanent Revelation, featuring vocalists Billie Rose (Daily Meds) and Shamik (Vancouver, Canada).

Sofie Loizou is Project Manager for not-for-profit initiative CDR Australia, that holds bi-monthly events in Sydney and Melbourne, to offer a space for local record producers to meet and share their new creations on a world class sound system. CDR exists to promote local artists and give them a chance to further their skills and build relationships with their community.

Sofie Loizou continues her output under the pseudonym Anomie, with various releases set for 2016, both on her own label All in Your Mind Records, and Inna Riddim (Australia), as well as the Permanent Revelation Remix EP, with artists including Spikey Tee (Sola Rosa), Pursuit Grooves (Tectonic), and Monk Fly (Frequency Lab).

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