ABOUT


Zoë Mc Pherson (she/they) is a Berlin based multimedia artist, performer, researcher, multichannel sound designer, DJ, and founder of SFX platform, label & community.

Zoë Mc Pherson is a 2021 SHAPE artist. In 2019, they were nominated best electronic music artist in Belgium. An in-depth artist profile video interview features on FACT.

Their sophomore album States of Fugue [SF02] released on 20.02.2020 is
Adventurous, freestyling Designer-Electronics in cut-up style” (Hardwax), with Tenace drawing on the track’s relentless rhythms as a raw, spontaneous and personal dance.

As well as creating music for movement & sound enthusiasts, Mc Pherson is drawn to bridging the worlds of sound and visual art.

Mc Pherson started collaborating with multimedia artist Alessandra Leone in 2016. They together created a series of audiovisual outputs SF01, SF02 and SF03, which were praised “Best experimental video” at Berlin music video awards, were selected in “Vimeo Staff picks” ; screened at the Australian Center for Moving image in Melbourne, CTM festival, Nowness and more.

In 2020 they founded SFX with the aim to produce and present multi-form experiences and objects. They curated and developped XquisiteForce.AV, an ongoing collaborative AV composition feat. 43 sound and visual artists which is part of CTM 2021 Cyberia, a virtual digital exhibition/multi user virtual 3D environment.

In 2021 Zoë presented two different multichannel sound installations in Berlin’s Alhambra and Kuppelhalle Silent Green curated by Mosche and Arch +.

This year they also started collaborating with Jessica Ekomane with a first live set for ARTE TV filmed at Berghain Halle on the occasion of Ostgut’s 16 year anniversary.

They have released a vast range of solo and collaborative albums, EPs and singles which can be found in the ‘discography’ section. Labels include Morphine records, SFX, SVS records, Ostgut, BAKK, Oramics & Kashev, LavaLava, Hot Desk, Low Income Squad, Euphonic Rhythms.

They have performed in Europe, USA, Asia and north Africa with highlight performances at Mutabor Moscow, Berghain Berlin, De School Amsterdam, Krake, R4R and Tresor Berlin, ZVUK Almaty, Schiev Beursschouwburg Brussels, Meakusma Eupen, Chouftouhonna Tunis, Concrete Paris, Nottingham contemporary, Mengi Reykjavik, Kaiku Helsinki, Üle Heli Tallinn, BRDCST Brussels.

Main ongoing threads in their work are exploring rhytmics, intersections and liminalities. These fields and narratives come together as a way of highlighting the value of/and the interdependence between all elements and bodies.

Zoë hosts a bi-mentual radio show Pulse sur-mesure on Lyl radio, where they invites two guests per episode to focus on oddly ‘fitting’ rythms and metrics.

They have collaborated with electronic musicians Jessica Ekomane, Christina Vantzou, Rupert Clerveaux, Klahrk, Simon Grab ; vocalists Elvin Brandhi and Greetje Bijma ; instrumentalists Gernaas Mao, Falk Schrauwen and Sam Comerford.

Other guest mixes include NTS radio, C-, Eotrax, Rinse fm, The Word, Kiosk radio, FACT, Red light radio, Cashmere radio and a residency on Bristol’s Noods radio.






CREATIVE DIRECTION / CURATION

XquisiteForce.collection/01 - Compilation in support of the people of Beirut 2020
XquisiteForce.AV - collaborative audiovisual project 2021
SFX - label platform and community 2020
String Figures festival - 2018 at Beursschouwburg Brussels Belgium
LAMF - 2013 european experimental artistic laboratory in Lyon France


SPATIAL SOUND INSTALLATIONS



IN ABSTENTIA  - Multichannel sound installation - Silent Green Berlin DE - 2021
ON HOLD - Multichannel sound installation - Aljhambra Berlin DE - 2021


SOUND INSTALLATIONS


DISTINGUISH BS - Sound installation - Siestes Electroniques Toulouse FR - 2021
FUTURECORE 2000 - Sound installation - Kraftwerk Bille Hamburg DE - 2019
Aberration - Galerie Irrgang Berlin DE - 2017
Rainforest STUK Leuven BE - 2016
Reitir Siglufjordur IS - 2016
Bethanien Rojava sound installation & conference at «Seismographic Sounds. Visions of a New World» CTM festival Berlin DE - 2016
Museum night fever Brussels BE - 2014



WORKS / RELEASES 


SF03 GROUNDING IN OUTER SPACE - SFX - AV piece - 2020
SF02 TENACE - SFX - AV piece - 2020
SF02 STATES OF FUGUE -SFX - Album - 2020
SF01 RMX STRING FIGURES - Remixes EP - SVS RECORDS 2018
SF01 STRING FIGURES - AV album - SVS RECORDS 2018
IRIZAJN - Tape EP 2014


COLLABORATIONS / SINGLES / COMPILATIONS


L. Twills remix 2020
Gillie Mc Pherson remix- ER001 Euphonic Rythms   2020
Hayati W/ Simon Grab & Dali de St Paul - SFX 02020
ALVA - LAVALAVA records   2020
Sonic Resistance W/ Rojava   ORAMICS, Kashev tapes  2020
Plafond 5 (collab EP w/ Rupert Cerveaux) BAKK, PLAFOND SERIES 2019
Contagious remix (LP) MORPHINE 2019
Christina Vantzou N4 remix 2019
Weaponize your sound (LP) OPTIMO 2019
LI$016 (tape) Low Income Squad 2019
ROJAVA (solidarity /digital release) Female:Pressure 2016


SELECTED PERFORMANCES


BERGHAIN, 2021
CTM festival, 2021
KRAKE festival, 2020
MUTABOR Moscow, RU 2019
KAIKU Helsinki, FI 2019
CONCRETE Paris, FR 2019
Institut für Zukunft Dresden, DE 2019
Üle Heli Festival Tallinn, EST 2019
Concrete Paris, FR 2019
Uncloud Ultrecht, NL 2019
Kaiku Helsinki, FI 2019
ROOM 4 RESISTANCE Berlin, DE 2019
CWB Paris, FR 2019
BRDCST Brussels, BE 2019
Palace St Gallen, CH 2019
ZVUK Алматы, KZ 2019
Freerotation festival UK 2019
BOILER ROOM Berlin, DE 2018
MEAKUSMA FESTIVAL Eupen, BE 2018
DE SCHOOL Amsterdam, NL 2018
SPLICE FESTIVAL London, UK 2018
H0L0 New York, US 2018
BEURSSCHOUWBURG Brussels, BE 2017
DUBLAB Los Angeles, US 2017
DOME OF VISIONS Aarhus, DK 2016
NOTTINGHAM CONTEMPORARY Nottingham, UK 2016
MATCH & FUSE FESTIVAL London, UK 2016
SCHIEV FESTIVAL Brussels, BE 2016
LES NUITS BOTANIQUE Brussels, BE 2016
ARKAODA Istanbul, TK 2016
LEFTORIUM Brussels, BE 2015
MENGI Reykjavik, I 2015


RESIDENCIES


PALACE - 2021
PHONETICS - 2021
SVS - 2021
INKONST - 2021
PALACE  - 2020
LYL RADIO - 2020
NOODS RADIO - 2020
RED BULL STUDIOS Berlin, DE 2019
RED BULL STUDIOS Amsterdam, NL 2019
SVS RESIDENCY Lisboa, PT 2018
RMC Copenhagen, DK 2018
BEURSSCHOUWBURG Brussels, BE 2018
ELEKTRON MUSIK STUDION Stockholm, SE 2017
BEURSSCHOUWBURG Brussels, BE 2017
WORKSPACEBRUSSELS Brussels, BE 2016
RAINFOREST - STUK Leuven, BE   2016
STUDIO DES VARIETES Brussels, BE 2016
MUSICMAKERS HACKLAB - STUK Leuven, BE 2016
REITIR Siglugjördur, IS 2016


TALKS / TEACHING


Ableton workshop at Palace, Poland - 2021
Artist talk for Arts formation UK - 2021
Field recording workshop at Almaty, Kazakhstan - 2019
Artist talk at Creative Coding Utrecht, NL 2019
Artist talk at Feuerwache Köln - 2018
Artist talk at Aberration - Galerie Irrgang Berlin - 2017


MIXES


FACT
EOS radio
Dice mix
Radio Raheem
Eotrax mix series
NTS
Noods
Rinse fm
C-
Radio 3000
The Lot radio
Red light radio
The Word radio
Kiosk radio
Heads radio
Radio Quantica
Cashmere radio
Dublab


RADIO


Bi-monthly show ‘Pulse sur-mesure’on LYL radio

#0 with Breakwave & Sukitoa O Namau - 2020
#1 with Jessica Ekomane & NVST  - 2020
#2 with Ehua & Golden Medusa - 2020
#3 with KLAHRK & Ice Eyes - 2021
#4 with GOD69 & LABOUR - 2021
#5 with Amazinggaijin & NAZIRA - 2021
#6 with DJ AfroOankali & Katatonic Silentio - 2021


SOUND DESIGN


FUTURECORE 2000, all beats are beautiful, - performance by choreographer Gloria Hockner 2019
WITHIN  - installation by Tarek Atoui at Kunstenfestivaldesarts
VOX - piece by choreographer David Hernandez, scenography by Zdravka Kirigin 2019
In Dreams for Klara radio BE  - Rework of Dion Mc Gregor’s dreamworld 2018
AZ - performance by choreographer Aki Iwamoto 2018


AWARDS & GRANTS


Musikfond stipendium 2020
Berlin Music Board project fund 2020
First price ‘Les Octaves de la musique - category electronic music 2019
Best music video at Berlin Independent Film festival 2019
Best experimental video at Berlin Music Video Awards 2018
Vimeo staff pick 2018
Associated artist at Beursschouwburg Brussels from 2017 to 2019
Development grant from flanders, state of the art (BE) 2018
Project grant from flanders, state of the art (BE) 2017
Development grant from flanders, state of the art (BE) 2016
Transportation grant - Wallonia (BE) 2016
EU - Youth in Action program (FR) 2011
Prodij, Lyon (FR) 2011
Région Rhone Alpes (FR) 2011


PRESS


ARTE TV

CDM “The producer’s the one dancing, in new video for Zoë Mc Pherson”
Fullmoon 

FACT signal Path : Zoë Mc Pherson on mangling sound and multimedia collaboration


Boomkat charts 2020

Dissonnant 30 albums we played like mad in 2020

RwdFwd 2020 choice!

SBVRSV Requiem for 2020 - 25 albums

Gin & Platonic favourite albums of 2020

CDM The producer’s the one dancing, in new video for Zoë Mc Pherson

TAZ Revival der Breakbeats

FACT mix Believe us when we say this is one you’ll want to play loud.

Bandcamp best of February 2020 by Joe Muggs
“Each of these jams, whether they flutter delicately or thunder with kickdrums, sounds like ritual music from some post-human society”

Hyponik by Esme Bennett
“Adventurous and elusive, the album is a comprehensive dive into ‘electro-naturalism’, manipulating her own vocal work as an instrument for glitch-rife glossy soundscapes. The result is a rousing body of hybrid techno-artistry for a multiplex of listening.”

Bizaar Bazaar

Gin & Platonic

DJmag
Zoë Mc Pherson’s latest body of work — to be released this February — is testament to her evolving as an artist in every sense of the word.
‘States of Fugue’ displays her innate talent for melding experimental sounds with the principles of dance music

CXEMA live recording and interview by Tanya Voytko
“We were very lucky and experienced freedom. For sure, this kind of crossmedia connection is obviously present in my work.”

Boiler room by Paul Hanford
“Live tonight, Zoe and Alessandra’s multidisciplinary methods are an alchemy of old practices finding new technologies. I watch as string figures loop across the vertical phone-shaped screen that are then curiously mirrored in the raised phones of captivated guests: recording, looping and relaying their own experience.

Larsen magazine

Nowness by M. Hansen
Traditional Inuit culture meets techno-futurism in this beguiling audio-visual explosion”

Trax mag by Jean Paul Deniaud
Qui est zoë mc pherson, la surdouée qui transforme le son de la nature en polyphonie électronique ?

Subbacultcha The Best of Belgium
With String Figures the interdisciplinary artist from Brussels succeeded in creating a perfect blend of richly layered textures of noise, traditional and club music. This could be a new treasure if you’re into Holly Herndon, Lucrecia Dalt and Lotic”

The Wire by Tristan Bath
“String Figures manages to remain as challenging as it is danceable, and Mc Pherson’s electroacoustic blend packs and energetic physical punch.”

Mixmag by Thomas H Green
“With String Figures, Zoë Mc Pherson proves she’s at contemporary music’s vanguard, it’s one of the year’s most intriguing LPs, exploring the area where tribalistic rhythms meet electronica.”

Electronic Sound by JB
“Barring a few examples, most tracks on the project veer from the four/four with polyrhythms taking centre stage, giving the album a looser, tripper feel. « Inoui (and free) », probably the best of the lot, tempers with rhythm almost at a whim, you have to hear the beat-switch around the three minute-mark to believe it. Buy on sight and without though.”

XLR8
“String Figures, exploring the disappearance of cultures as they clash with Westernism and virtual spaces. Bringing in a range of equipment including hardware electronics, throat singing, live instrumentation, and a huge range of ethnographic samples, she uses the idea of "String Figures" (an early means of communication) as a metaphor for this clashing of worlds.”


Bleep
“Dense layers of electronic noise, processed recordings of inuit throat singing and rhythmic persistence come together on this fantastic new LP from sound artist Zoe McPherson.”

A Closer Listen by Richard Allen
“The music feels vibrant and alive: not a homogenization of influences but a collection of disparate sounds; not a melting pot, but an expression of diversity.[...]  By giving the Inuit expression (not simply using them as a sound source, but as a continuing thread), she underlines their value.  You are important to me, she says.  I hear you.[...] She echoes the teaching of Chief Seattle, drawing nature and beast together as one.  By integrating international sounds, she suggests the possibility of new tribes, new alliances.  While this does not seem to be the direction in which governments are headed, it does seem to be the direction in which artists are headed, testifying to the power of art as social force. The forward-thinking direction of this music suggests the possibility of forward-thinking politics.”

Booooooom
“Leone translates Mc Pherson’s sonic mediations into elaborately choreographed gestures both beautiful and haunting. As Leone describes it, the film captures the dialogue not just between fingers and hands but between bodies, the “continuous weaving” and “patterning of possible worlds and possible times.” Only here: “Zoë is narrator/instigator, conducting carefully orchestrated rituals as a way of thoroughly exploring the relational ties within the concept. The dancers speak their physical language by expanding contracting and interweaving within the string loop.”

Tiny Mixtapes by Mike Pursley

The Tung - interview

Bizaar Bazaar - interview

Trax Magazine - interview by Jean Paul Deniaud

Musicmap Global - interview by Kier Wiater

Chain DLK - interview by Vito Camarretta

The Arts Desk vinyl of the month by Thomas H Green
“For anyone who wishes to hear one of the year’s most fascinating, invigorating vanguard records, it’s a one stop shop.“

Freq by David Solomons
“With String Figures, Mc Pherson has produced a pulsing, undulating serpent of an album. It is a wonderful piece of work, both emic and etic, and prodigiously rewarding in both. Assemble a field kit and make your way through it as soon as you can.”

Chain DLK by Vito Camarretta

«Escape Velocity» interview on The Quietus by Tristan Bath

Dublab Radio LA interview by Jasmin Blasco

The Word magazine interview & mixtape

Gonzo Circus interview by Seb Basleer


The Electronic North by Mark Buckley

Chain DLK by Stuart Bruce

Sentireascoltare by Nicolò Arpinati

Ondarock by Giuliano Delli Paoli

Nowamuzyka by Łukasz Komła

Silence and Sound by Roland Torres

Vinyl frontier RBMA

Radio Student
by JAŠA BUŽINEL

Neural

Groove

Wired

Kaltblut String Figures


Kaltblut Tenace

Resonance Extra