b. Dallas, TX; lives in Chicago, IL
Untitled composition for piano, field recordings, sine waves, 2010
Olivia Block is a contemporary composer and sound artist who combines field recordings, scored segments for acoustic instruments, and electronically generated sound. Block works with recorded media, chamber ensembles, video, and site-specific sound installations. She has performed throughout Europe, America, and Japan in tours and festivals, and has completed residencies and taught master classes at several universities.
Block has created sound installations for public sites and exhibition spaces including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the “Echoes Through the Mountains” exhibit at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, among others. Her 2008 DVD release with video artists Sandra Leah Gibson and Luis Recoder, Untitled, on SOS editions, has been screened at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and the Expanded Cinema symposium at the Tate Modern in London. Her release Mobius Fuse was voted one of the best albums of the decade by Pitchfork. Block has published recordings through Sedimental, Either/Oar, and Cut, among other labels.