Abigail Toll (she/her; UK/DE) is an experimental music artist based in Berlin, who has also performed under the moniker Ionian Death Robes.

Her psychoacoustic soundworlds are a diffusion of flutes, noise and electroacoustic techniques. They encompass textural, durational and emotional responses to the political mechanisms that surround us. She often uses flutes, strings, vocals and electronics to build intense studies of tuning and deep listening that unfold as cacophony, meditation and upheaval. They result in what her collaborator Tiara Roxanne calls “lingering levitations” to convey the atmospheric fog that often haunts Toll’s listening spaces.

She draws on a form of artistic sonification that she views as “sonic augmentations” and psychoacoustics in order to make sense of the world, often in collaboration with musicians, interdisciplinary artists and writers.

Matrices of Vision is the title of her forthcoming debut release on Shelter Press. Toll composed the piece during her Masters in Electroacoustic Composition at the KMH–Royal College of Music in Stockholm between 2019 and 2021; which through its alumni is now established as a leading institution for Just Intonation, electroacoustic and drone music in Europe.



Extended bio

Toll studied English Literature and Art History (BA) at Sussex University (Brighton, UK) and Electroacoustic Composition (MA) at the KMH; Royal College of Music in Stockholm (SE). She was an artist in residence for the Amplify Berlin programme in 2018 with Caterina Barbieri and Maya Shenfeld, during which time she released her first EP Old World | New Ruins in 2019 under the moniker Ionian Death Robes with Laury Achten. She will release her debut record Matrices of Vision on Shelter Press in 2022 which features Rebecca Lane, Lucy Railton and Evelyn Saylor. Selected performances include: Roter Salon with Puce Mary (Berlin, DE); Amplify Berlin with Caterina Barbieri & Maya Shenfeld (Berlin, DE); KMH (Stockholm, SE); Swedish Association of New Music Promoters, (Gävle, SE); Klosterruine (Berlin, DE); The Lucerne School of Music (Lucerne, CH); Moira (Utrecht, NL); with Jungstötter: UT Connewitz, (Leipzig, DE); Arttheater, (Cologne, DE); Beatpol (Dresden, DE). Her music contributions to Tiara Roxanne’s performance lectures have appeared at re:publica (Berlin, DE); Images Festival (Toronto, CA); AMOQA (Athens, GR).


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