Matrices of Vision – forthcoming on Shelter Press

The ensemble performances feature musicians Lucy Railton, Rebecca Lane, and Evelyn Saylor and took place in Berlin on 30 June at KM28 and 6 July at the Klosterruine hosted by KW Institute for Contemporary Art’s Pogo Bar series. This special performance featured an introduction by Tiara Roxanne.

The performances and record are supported by Initiative Musik.


Matrices of Vision
is the debut release of experimental music artist Abigail Toll (UK/DE) – forthcoming on Shelter Press.

Toll composed Matrices of Vision during her Masters in Electroacoustic Composition at the KMH in Stockholm. The piece is in conversation with her collaborator Tiara Roxanne’s inquiries into AI/data bias, in which
they cite author Alexander Galloway’s notion of 
“matrices of vision” (The Interface Effect, 2012); a term he uses to describe the atomisation of points of view “flanking and flooding the world viewed”.

The compositional study is a means to explore the social and political mechanisms that surround us by way of data aesthetics. Specifically how categorisation and objecitivity impacts the way we move through the world.
The piece extends her interest in psychoacoustics and tuning into an experiential response to this data, where flutes, strings, vocals and electronics culminate in a sonic meditation.

Toll transcribes the data through the harmonic series in order to access a greater pitch continuum, so that what is
reflected in the musical gestures – through glissing, beating and cacophony – is a destabilising of rational systems. It results in what Roxanne describes as a kind of “flooding of listening and experiencing.”