portrait by Tony Elieh
Based in Berlin, Niko de Paula Lefort works as sound artist. His practice covers the fields of music making (extended guitar and voice, modular synthesis...), instrument building, field recording and radio art installation. Also known as NikoLFO, he is a resident host on Archipel Stations Community Radio and co-founder of the record label Portals Editions.

De Paula Lefort’s work has appeared in commissions for CTM Festival, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Berghain and the Haus der elecktronischen Künste Basel, and released on Famous Grapes, Emitter Micro, Portals Editions and aufnahme+wiedergabe. He holds degrees in Visual Arts, Generative Art / Computational Art, Music Technology and Experimental Sound Practices. Since 2018 De Paula Lefort studies North Indian classical’s Dhrupad and, more recently, Occitan singing.

Vibrational Affects & Percepts | Aural Ecologies

Complex relational systems and their psychophysiological impacts mark out my artistic practice: as a composer, performer, sound and radio artist I am interested in the harmonic space (microtonality), geophony and biophony (field recordings), radio transmission as in transmission art, interaction design (in dialog with technological means such as DIY electronics, Machine Learning, instrument building, modular synthesis), and in abstracting and re-contextualising the foundations of different musicological and ethnomusicological structures - a minimalist approach (I also study Dhrupad singing in the Dagar tradition since 2018, the most ancient living form of Hindustani music, considered « an attitude towards Sound »), to work outward from these tap roots to articulate a comprehensible Aurality, new perspectives on vibrational affects and percepts.

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