Mira Calix, adventurous digital musician and sound artist, dies

Mira Calix, the digital producer celebrated for her advanced, extremely imaginative music and sound artwork, has died.

Her label, Warp Information, introduced the information, and didn’t give a reason behind demise, nor her age. An announcement posted to social media stated partially: “Mira was not solely a vastly gifted artist and composer, she was additionally an exquisite, caring human who touched the lives of everybody who had the honour of working together with her … she pushed the boundaries between digital music, classical music and artwork in a really distinctive method.”

Born Chantal Passamonte in South Africa, Calix moved to London in 1991 to pursue a profession in music, first working as a publicist for Warp alongside selling membership nights and DJing, earlier than releasing her music with the label.

As together with her labelmates, her work realised the broad prospects of digital manufacturing in playful and adventurous music that had roots in membership tradition however spanned a remarkably broad stylistic vary, relating ambient, noise, neo-classical and extra.

She launched music within the conventional album format, starting in 2000 with One on One and most just lately with the sample-heavy Absent Origin, launched in 2021 and hailed as one among her biggest works. However she additionally made music for installations resembling My Secret Coronary heart, staged at London’s Royal Competition Corridor in 2008, and the monolithic sound sculpture Nothing Is Set In Stone, created for the Cultural Olympiad alongside the London 2012 Olympics, with Boris Johnson, then London mayor, stating: “Mira Calix has managed to wrest not blood, however music from a stone, placing the music into rock and creating a brand new cultural attraction.” Different public artworks appeared all over the place from a public bus in Nanjing, China, to the Tower of London.

She additionally collaborated with opera and theatre corporations, together with Opera North and the Royal Shakespeare Firm, writing scores for productions of Julius Caesar and Coriolanus for the latter. Her 2003 work Nunu featured the sound of dwell bugs on stage, whereas Inside There Falls, a 2015 collaboration with Sydney Dance Firm, used hidden audio system worn by dancers in a cell, four-dimensional piece.

She as soon as stated of her boldly experimental but populist method, in response to aged listeners who cherished one among her installations: “The entire piece was utterly summary, nevertheless it made them really feel one thing. They didn’t say, ‘That is too bizarre’ … Individuals like fantasy. We all know this. However individuals additionally like fairytales. They usually like abstractions. Artwork isn’t only for arseholes. Individuals can deal with it.”

BBC 6 Music DJ Mary Anne Hobbs was amongst these paying tribute to Calix, calling her “such an ingenious, pioneering artist … at all times questioning, at all times pushing.” The musician Gazelle Twin stated: “So so gut-wrenching to listen to this information of such a tremendous, inspirational and unanimously cherished creator.”

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