M.V. Carbon is a Brooklyn based composer and sound artist who is recognized for her non-traditional approach to music. She plays cello and other stringed instruments through electronics, and uses tape machines, vocals, electronic processes, analog synthesis, frequency, tone and imagery to induce physical commotion. Her current work references magic, interchangeability, and telekinesis.
She started her music career in Chicago with projects such as the electronic noise duo, Metalux (Hanson, Load, Rampage, 5RC) and the mysterious shrouded 4 piece known as Bride of No No. (Atavistic Records). She relocated to the New York City area in 2005 and has continued writing and performing with Metalux (MV Carbon and Jenny Gräf Sheppard), while focusing on her solo work.
Carbon has collaborated with artists including Tony Conrad, Aki Onda, Henrik Rylander, Evan Parker, Nick Zinner, Brian Chase, Okkyung Lee, C. Spencer Yeh, Audrey Chen and many more.
She has received commissions, grants, and residencies from The Jerome Foundation, Roulette (NY), Issue Project Room (NY), The Clocktower Gallery (NY), and The City of Chicago Cultural Affairs (IL). She has performed and exhibited her work in the U.S. and internationally in venues including The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), PS1 Moma (NY), The Guggenheim BMW Lab (NY), The Copenhagen Music Theater (DK), ULU (UK), Nefertiti Jazz Club (SE), Socrates Sculpture Park (NY), The Stone (NY), Performa 2011(NY), The Sage (UK), Casa Des Artes, (PT), Worm (NL).
at Clocktower Gallery July-August 2013
Beyond the Dimensional Slope –
Live recording of flute and the Clocktower bell from the upstairs gallery became an ongoing, changing component to the receiving space.
The “helmets”offer a different composition to each – based on how they are approached by the explorer.
Colored video feeds through the monitor and affects oscillations based on color and light . Magnets are used to manipulate the electromagnetic waves on the television forming a vibrant visual / audio effect. Photocells with RGB gels are used to read the color on the monitor.
a chain around her waist lifts and lowers with each twist of the body
amplified objects within the wishing well form heavy metallic soundscapes
MV Carbon is joined with frequent collaborator Aki Onda during this 2010 artist in residency
Issue Project Room, Brooklyn, NY
the audio on the reel to reel tape –gathered from chatboards on the web. subject matter of chats revolved around arachnophobia. Collected dialog, translated it into spoken text – manipulated and recorded— conversations on magnetic tape. …
weave a tangled web
the piece is a homage to the spiders that were used in experiments that explored their ability to fine tune the frequency of a the web.