Left-field electronic musician / composer Nelson Beer is a Swiss composer based between Paris and Geneva.

Today, Beer is premiering his brand new track ‘And The Thunder’ out now through [PIAS] Recordings. Lifted from his forthcoming EP Orlando due this Spring, Beer once again delivers a spaced out slice of blissful electronica. ‘And The Thunder’ again sees the composer delving into the darker, more abstract realms of electronic music. Beer explains: “‘And The Thunder’ explores the vast liminal space of the ocean, its inextricable link with capitalism, and with the creatures that it fosters, where beings and non-beings co-exist in chaos or symbiosis.”

He goes on to add: “The EP Orlando was composed with the idea of using sound as a means of archiving the present and as a fluid archive of history. I have been inspired by different Western European traditions in the use of the diatonic and pentatonic major scale (folk), thirds (country) and recording techniques such as field recording and binoral microphones (musique concrète, electro-acoustic music).”

Speaking on the range of influences inspiring his music, the composer further reveals “I have also been influenced by classical music from South Asia where the space between notes is often more important than the notes themselves, such as the Khaliin Indian Tala which is a specific notation for ghost notes.”

Throughout his career, Nelson’s work has pushed the boundaries of the genre seeing him incorporating club music, noise, ambient, musique concrète, and pop into his productions as well as through collaborations with several producers from around the world. Most recently, in 2017, Nelson collaborated as a sound designer with Marguerite Humeau for her exhibition Riddles at the Schinkel Pavilion in Berlin and with George Henry Longly for the DAIMYO exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo.

After graduating in Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London, and following the release of his film “Atmofutures: No One Left in The City” in 2018, Nelson continues to experiment with sound, video and performance, demonstrated perfectly on this new track ‘And The Thunder’.

Artwork for ‘Orlando’ by Nelson Beer

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