Mira Calix, electronic musician and adventurous sound artist, dies | The music


Mira Calix, the electronic producer famous for her complex and highly imaginative music and sound art, has died.

His record label, Warp Records, announced the news, and did not give a cause of death or his age. A statement posted on social media read in part: “Mira was not only an extremely talented artist and songwriter, she was also a beautiful, caring person who touched the lives of all who had the honor of working with her. …she pushed the boundaries between electronic music, classical music and art in a truly unique way.

Born Chantal Passamonte in South Africa, Calix moved to London in 1991 to pursue a career in music, working first as a publicist for Warp alongside promoting club nights and DJing, before releasing her music with the label .

As with his label mates, his work realized the vast possibilities of electronic production in playful and adventurous music that had its roots in club culture but spanned a remarkably wide stylistic range, touching on ambient, noise, to neo-classical and more.

She has released music in the traditional album format, starting in 2000 with One on One and more recently with the sample-heavy Absent Origin, released in 2021 and hailed as one of her greatest works. But she has also made music for installations such as My Secret Heart, staged at London’s Royal Festival Hall in 2008, and the monolithic sound sculpture Nothing Is Set In Stone, created for the Cultural Olympiad alongside the Olympic Games. of London 2012, with Boris Johnson, then London mayor, declaring: “Mira Calix has managed to rip not blood, but music from a stone, putting music into rock and creating a new cultural attraction.” Other public artworks have appeared everywhere from a public bus in Nanjing, China, to the Tower of London.

She has also collaborated with opera and theater companies, including Opera North and the Royal Shakespeare Company, writing scores for productions of Julius Caesar and Coriolanus for the latter. His 2003 work Nunu featured the sound of live insects on stage, while Inside There Falls, a 2015 collaboration with the Sydney Dance Company, used hidden speakers carried by dancers in a moving four-dimensional room. .

She once said of her boldly experimental yet populist approach, in response to older listeners who adored one of her installations: “The whole piece was completely abstract, but it made them feel something. They didn’t say, “That’s too weird”… People like fantasy. We know it. But people also like fairy tales. And they love abstractions. Art isn’t just for assholes. People can take care of it. »

BBC 6 Music DJ Mary Anne Hobbs was among those paying tribute to Calix, calling her “such an ingenious and pioneering artist… always questioning, always pushing”. Musician Gazelle Twin said: “So heartbreaking to hear this news from such an incredible, inspiring and universally beloved creator.”


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