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Iris Garrelfs is best known for her emotive,
improvised glitch-tech performances based around electronically
manipulated and digitally warped voice sounds. The Wire has described
her sound as "Garrelfs’s divine caressing tones floated
over the audience… Garrelfs’s voice swelled up into
vast cavernous echoes, sweeping the audience with it"
Specified Encounters has been moulded from dissected, transmuted
voice sounds, settling somewhere between Arvo Pärt and Christan
Iris Garrelfs performs solo as well as in collaboration with other
soundartists, for example Robert Lippok (To Rococo Rot). An excerpt
of their concert at Sprawl's Interplay festival in 2003 will be
released early next year. Other collaborations include Kaffe Matthews,
Scanner, Si-cut.db and Freeform, which has recently been re-released
as part of the Burnt Friedman compiled and remixed compilation Condensed
on Nonplace. She has recently finished a track for Jem Finer's (The
Pogues) Longplayer project.
Iris is also active creating multi-channel, mainly site-specific
sound based installations. Commissions have included pieces for
the Centre of Contemporary Art in Glasgow (released on a limited
edition CD) and the installation Spoor at Grafisch Atelier in Den
Bosch, Holland (as part of Earational Festival 2004). With Croatian
filmmaker Mario Radinovic she is working on a film/performance project.
It has been premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana.
As co-organiser of Sprawl, the London based home for electronic
sound, Iris has been curating and producing electronic and digital
sound events and releases. Since 1996 Sprawl has brought together
uncompromising artists from the UK and abroad for live sound events
and “imaginative compilations” (The Wire). Sprawl has
featured artists such as Talvin Singh, Scanner, Jem Finer, David
Toop, Christian Fennesz, Hayley Newman, snd, Vladislav Delay and
many more. Sprawl has organised events in conjunction with Tate
Modern, the Goethe Institute and Body Shop amongst others.
Together with Kaffe Matthews, Iris is involved with Field 61,
most recently hosting a monthly radio show on London’s soundart
station Resonance FM (1st Friday of every month).
Iris gets invited as a speaker and on panels at events In the
UK and abroad. She has appeared on TV, for example and ARTE TV
with Stockhausen in “Well Tempered Computer - Are Computers
able to compose” and on ITV’s Mixmasters TV. This
project has recently been released by Moonshine in the US and
has received a nomination for Best Music DVD at the Dancestar
In her other incarnations Iris has been abusing her record collection
in one of her minimal mix-fests, for example at the ICA, Turnmills,
93 Feet East. As a photographer, Iris has been published by magazines
such as The Wire, The Face, Muzik, Marie Claire, Spex, Keyboard
Japan and others