15 questions with… SOPHIA LOIZOU
Computer Music|March 2021
The composer and academic produces intense electronica “inviting us to see the Earth through the eyes of others”…

Untold is the third release from Bristol-based producer Sophia Loizou, an intense exploration of sound that blends extreme field recordings, granular textures and ambient rhythms resulting in some of the most striking sonic textures committed to a hard drive…

1 Tell us about your background?

SL: “I was about 19 when I started to compose music, while studying fine art. I’d been listening to electronic music while working on my art. I realised that what I was hearing in the sonic textures and gestures translated across to my mark-making. My last large scale series of paintings were visualisations of sound – I had started to hear the sounds differently. This was what sparked my interest in working with sound. I decided to teach myself about the technologies used to make music, which was pretty tough in the mid-90s. I started off with a cheap four-track and my voice, and then maybe a year or so later bought my first computer and a Korg X5 synth. I then relocated to study my undergraduate degree in Creative Music Technology at Bath Spa University. Most of the music I loved came from Bristol so I knew this was where I had to be.”

2 What is your production philosophy?

SL: “Experimentation and learning – conceptually, philosophically and technically. I don’t like repeating myself. Each project and work is a unique set of interconnections and interdependencies, where unusual interactions between biotic and abiotic forms create compelling states of metamorphosis and oscillations of form. It’s always been present in my work but has become a much more prominent feature in my latest project Untold.”

3 How did you get into production?

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