Seth Nehil (b. 1973) is a sound and video artist making concerts, performances and installations. Nehil meshes manipulated acoustic recordings, voices, instruments, granular synthesis and field recordings into richly detailed spaces. His compositions draw equally from classic musique concréte, film sound design, hip hop production and noise to form a uniquely hybrid sonic world, full of off-kilter rhythms, sudden junctures and explosive bursts. “…A shapliness that’s unusual in abstract music… hugely satisfying.” - Brian Marley, The Wire

In addition to recorded and live-mixed sound, Seth Nehil has collaborated with dance and video artists, choreographers, and theater companies to produce original sound scores, multimedia performances and video installations. He has created his own original performance pieces, bringing together multi-screen video, multi-channel recorded sound and live performers to explore quasi-narrative spaces between cinema and dance. He is currently conducting research for an experimental documentary on the use of “attack therapy” and the historical roots of child behavior modification.

Seth Nehil has released over 15 albums of experimental sound on international labels, including Sonoris (France) and Senufo Editions (Italy). He has given concerts across Europe, Japan and the US. Nehil received an MFA in Music/Sound from Bard College. He teaches sound design, sound art and video at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Washington State University and Portland State University.

Short Bio
Seth Nehil makes sound for listening, performance, and installation. Over the last 15 years he has crafted a unique and unusual sonic world, mixing acoustic and electronic sources, field recordings, granular synthesis, and voice. He has released over 15 albums and has collaborated with dance companies, performers, and video artists.

10.13.14 East Coast Tour, early November! Akousma at EMPAC, 11/1; Akousma Festival Montreal, 11/7

10.10.14 New LP Bounds out soon on Aufabwegen!

3.23.13 Playing the SIX series (six-channel live sound concert) at PNCA, April 14

3.7.13 My new cassette Lair will be released on Draft Records in late April/early May.

1.13.13 Kelly Rauer's Weight, with my sound design and camera work, opens at The Art Gym, Marylhurst University.

Lair opens at False Front Gallery, Dec. 15, 6 - 9 pm

Playing the CMG Improvisation Summit, June 9 @ Bamboo Lounge.

Playing the Moers Festival in Cologne, Germany May 26th and 27th - Concerts in the Dark.

I'm moderating a panel discussion on sound art for the SIX event at PNCA. With Yann Novak, Robert Crouch and Marcus Fischer. March 11, 2012, 5pm, with a live six-speaker surround concert beginning at 6pm. The event is free.

Linda Austin's A Head of Time opens at Imago Theater, March 23 - 25. My sound score features quiet hums, disembodied drones and forward-moving pulses. Discounted advance tickets available here.

I'm performing at John Niekrasz's Outset series at Revival Drum shop, on April 4th. I will be using sounds recorded at the drum shop as source material. The show starts at 8pm.

October 28, 29, 30 & November 4, 5, 6 - all shows at 8pm
The Mouth Studio, 810 SE Belmont, Portland OR

First glimpse of Children's Games!
Children's Games trailer from Seth Nehil on Vimeo.

6.1.11 Presenting vocal pieces (works in progress from Children's Games) with the Flash Choir at Holocene June 15.

5.25.11 Curating JAZZ duos in-between and overlapping (a night of performance and music) at Performance Works NW, June 10th & 11th.

JAZZ trailer from Seth Nehil on Vimeo.

4.10.11 Recipient of Oregon Arts Commission Grant for Children's Games!

3.25.11 Audition for Children's Games, April 9 & 10. Contact for more info.

3.23.11 Live sound mix for Linda Austin at The Art Gym, April 3

1.2.11 Furl in 2010 Favorites here, here and here!

12.19.10 Recipient of Regional Arts & Culture Council Project Grant for Children's Games, a multimedia performance to premier Oct. 2011! See the Blog for details.

12.13.10 Long out-of-print albums now available as digital downloads. See Tracing the Skins of Clouds, From Cloud to Seed and Umbra pages for more info.

12.6.10 Knives now available as a digital download!
Link here: Knives

12.1.10 New website!