M is a multimedia artist who creates audio-visual performances and game-like music systems. Their music falls into the broad category of experimental pop with sticky melodies, brutal sound design, and sporadic beat-driven structures.
M’s performances are reactions to conventions within electronic music. The default often involves someone standing behind a laptop on stage, which can be indistinguishable from checking email. M has played with this inscrutability by posting to social media “live on stage” and by appropriating PowerPoint slides and Karaoke into their audio-visual performances. M also designs musical interfaces with the aim of creating more physically expressive musicianship. For example, by using a heart rate sensor to control the pulse of literal dance music and flashing lights.
M holds a Masters in Sound and New Media from Aalto University School of Arts Design and Architecture. Their 2021 interactive composition “unburn.it” was commissioned by the Aalto Media Lab for the Ars Electronica Festival of Art, Technology, & Society. They have recently performed at Berliner Festspiele’s 70th anniversary “The Sun Machine is Coming Down,” the Art for All festival, and Ääneen Lumo’s “Learning by Ear.”
Photo by Agustina Sentana
An AiR-programme grant from Nordic Culture Point has made it possible to invite
M to work at EMS.