This piece was conceived during the summer of 2011 after watching the events unfold in the streets of East London. As an antidote I took the train to Kew.
Riz Maslen, who records as Neotropic and Small Fish With Spine, has been described as one of the most prominent women composers working in post-techno experimental electronics. In addition to her warm electronic programming, Maslen’s music also embraces folk, psychedelic pop and her interest in experimental filmmaking.
The media has warmly received her seven albums on Ninja Tune, Oxygen Music Works, Mush Recordings, R&S and Squids Eye. She’s performed globally over the past decade at events including LA’s Coachella concert series and Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Neotropic’s live shows have always focused on creating a cinematic journey for the audience with the inclusion of her dark photographic and film imagery.
In 2000 Riz set up her own independent label Council Folk Recordings with long time collaborator Paul Jason Fredericks and has released under the name Frederick and Nina, along with Dose One from Clouddead. Riz has worked with many artists who have collaborated on many of her music projects including Nick McCabe (The Verve), Low, Kaffe Matthews (sound artist) and Brian Dougans (FSOL).
In the last few years her work has branched into more sound design and composition working both collaboratively with artists, and developing her own solo sound and visual installations. In 2011 Riz was commissioned by Kew Gardens and selected for Bow Arts Open.
In August and September 2012, Riz will be embarking on a 7-week expedition to Borneo, as part of the creative team for the organisation Heart of Borneo. This team of artists, researchers and scientists will be documenting the discoveries of this unique eco system. Part of this expedition will be spending time with two remote communities to include educational workshops in camera trapping and mapping
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