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I am an artist working predominantly with sound, sometimes enhanced with video and photography. My work combines electronic tones with digitally processed acoustic sounds including field recordings and musical instruments. I have produced several site-specific commissions and am particularly interested in the resonance of spaces, their history and atmosphere, and wider notions of place and memory.

Recent works include: Treatments and Textures, a mix of ambient and electroacoustic music for Tate Liverpool’s Sculpture Remixed collection display; Binary, a commission for the National Trust manor house Oxburgh Hall, in which the venue’s Victorian wallpaper was converted into sound; Chimes for a Wall Drawing, a live performance on processed chime bars, guitar and electronics which took Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing #1136 as an inspiration and graphic score; Quay Tones, an audiovisual installation which explored the history and atmosphere of the Middle Ages trading port King’s Lynn through images focusing on weathered fragments of architecture and scenery and processed recordings of baroque harpsichord tones and field recordings; Threnody, a site-specific sound installation inspired by Korean Royal Ancestral Shrine Music, created for the Kyung Hee University Museum of Arts, Seoul.

My work has also been shown in exhibitions and festivals including Seeing Sound 2 (Bath Spa University, UK), Wonderpia (Nanji Studio Gallery, Seoul), Re/Flux (ICA, London), Odd Place (ARTSIDE, Seoul), BBC Film Festival (UK), SoundImageSound VII (Conservatory of Music, University of the Pacific, USA), A Thing About Machines (Herbert Gallery, Coventry, UK), Transfixed Motion / Transitory Still (Sheffield Institute of Art and Design Gallery, UK), and Sound:Space (South Hill Park, Bracknell, UK).

I have also published several audio CDs. Time Lapse (Hibernate Recordings) uses guitars, chime bars and vintage keyboards to create warm and emotive melodies, fragmented and submerged among beds of droning ambient textures and environmental sounds. Quarry Bank (Time Released Sound) explores the history of an Industrial Revolution cotton mill, blending site-specific recordings of machinery with electronically treated acoustic instruments. Kollane (Time Released Sound) was created during a residency at the Estonian Artists' Association in Tallinn, inspired by the vibrant autumnal foliage and historic architecture of the city. My debut vinyl LP Under A Name That Hides Her (Hibernate Recordings) is a melancholic and romantic album inspired by nostalgic recollection of the guitar bands I listened to as a teenager.

Wil Bolton Wil Bolton, London, Britain (UK)

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  • Persimmon Artwork

    Persimmon

    Wil Bolton on October 30, 2012 21:23
  • Melt Artwork

    Melt

    Wil Bolton on May 15, 2011 15:54
  • Time Lapse Sampler Artwork

    Time Lapse Sampler

    Wil Bolton on November 28, 2010 00:42
  • Static Loop Artwork

    Static Loop

    Wil Bolton on June 05, 2010 23:33
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  • Oxburgh Fragments - Part III Artwork

    Oxburgh Fragments - Part III

    Wil Bolton on June 05, 2010 21:54
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    Chimes for a Wall Drawing (clip)

    Wil Bolton on June 05, 2010 21:14
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