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, 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, experimental radio making 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 to sound in its ontology and to listening in its psycho-physiological aspects and ecological implications. Through the scope of Aurality, sound materialises the relation between Self (i.e. body, mind, emotions, socio-cultural anker) and Environments (i.e. social, political, ecological, etc.). It becomes a tool for mapping inner to outer territories, an emancipatory medium for communication and knowledge transmission transfiguring questions of power relations, gender and identity.
In practice, Aurality allows to emphasise the Relational at all levels of production and diffusion: our and other species relation to sound, physically, emotionally, psychologically - vibrational affects and percepts; relations between different modes of listening; between tones in the harmonic space; between music and its contexts; between us and our aural surroundings; between gesture and sound production (the Play and instrumental techniques); relations that can be designed in space to induce an interactive environment; and between a diversity of voices on the radio, as we intend to do with Archipel Stations Community radio.