nikoLFONIKO DE PAULA LEFORT / NICOLAS LEFORT
Niko de Paula Lefort (a.k.a. nikoLFO and Nicolas Lefort) is a sound artist based in Berlin. Aurality, their current research, apprehends the diversity of approaches that cares for the relational functions of sound, namely vibrational Affects and Percepts.
Their work embraces - but is not constrained to - electroacoustic composition and performance, field recordings, music instrument building, experimental radio making and interaction design for performative environments. It has been represented in festivals, venues and museums such as CTM (DE), Bozar (BE), Norberg (SE), Berghain, Haus der elecktronischen Künste Basel, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Musikinstrumenten Museum Berlin, and AudioRebel (BR) among others. Documentation of their work can be find on Portals Editions - label he co-founded in 2014, Emitter Micro and Aufnahme+Wiedergabe.
NdPL is also co-founder and facilitator at Archipel Stations Community Radio since 2018.
NdPL holds degrees in Visual Arts (Paris I), Generative Art / Computational Art (UDK), Music Technology (CalArts), and Experimental Sound Practices (CalArts), and currently studies Dhrupad singing with Amelia Cuni.
Our research and practice has always been focused on sound materiality and listening agency, in genres ranging from blues, jazz and free improvisation to noise-rock and doom-metal before 2014, in the fields of electroacoustic composition and performance, music instrument building, field recording, radio and interaction design for performative environments ever since.
Since late 2018, our engagement with sound materiality and listening agency goes under the aula of Aurality. Aurality embraces the diversity and multiplicity of approaches toward sound that cares for its relational functions, in its ontology and through listening agency, underlining its psycho-physiological aspects and ecological implications. Aurality is the experimental study of vibrational affects and percepts, a processual mapping of sound-unsound-listening spaces, engaging with the fields of psychoacoustics, bioacoustics, tonality, radio trasnmission, ethnomusicology, media theory and more.