13 Sep 21

Sound Generator: Spotlight on NikNak


Sound UK’s new artist development programme, Sound Generator, supports early career artists and the work they present.

In this series of Spotlight interviews, we will find out more about the artists on this year’s programme, delve deeper into their Sound Generator project and discover what the process has meant to them.

This week, we talk to NikNak.

Can you tell us about your Sound Generator project? Where did the initial inspiration come from?

I’ve always had a love of comic books, especially as a means of storytelling. I also have keen interest in surround sound music and performances, so I’ve wanted to combine things outside of university.

Read more about NikNak's Sound Generator project here.

How has your idea developed during this project so far? And what have you learnt?

Getting to grips with Ableton the way that I want to has been really beneficial and crucial to this. I know there’s more to learn and I’ve barely scratched the surface with it, so developing there has been really fun so far.

What has this opportunity meant to you?

A great deal! Being able to make things work and have connections with venues and other creatives outside of an academic setting is helping me realise this project and overcome new challenges.

Who are your key musical influences?

Burial, Shiva Feshareki, Cut Chemist, J-Dilla.

What have you been listening to recently? Any new music recommendations?

LORAINE JAMES - Reflection!

What are your hopes for the project? How do you see it developing beyond this initial 6-month award?

Progressing into more realised versions with different speaker arrays, 3D Visuals, learning more bespoke Ableton techniques for this work…Just building on this already strong foundation!

To find out more about NikNak's work, visit her website. We look forward to sharing more information on NikNak's Sound Generator project as it develops.

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