Erik Nyström is a london-based composer working in the acousmatic medium. His current music and research explores the aesthetic potentials of transformative spatial structures, and the role of textural processes in morphology and form. His PhD at City University London, supervised by Denis Smalley, is entitled Topology of Spatial Texture in the Acousmatic Medium and develops a new integrated approach to space and time in acousmatic music and presents a series of acousmatic works exploring an aesthetic oriented towards spatial texture. The approach draws from research on the cross-modality of texture perception, philosophical discourse on embodied meaning, physics, psychology of visual art, and discourse on space in acousmatic music. Lower sound-structural levels, materiality, states and processes, motion, global networks and terrains, and relationships between space and time are incorporated, and emphasis is put on visual and physical connections with spatiality in the acousmatic experience: visual listening, textons, entropic processes, bodily orientation in space and time.
His educational background includes studies in recording arts at SAE London, computer music composition at CCMIX, Paris, with Gerard Pape (2006-7); and Electroacoustic Composition at City University, London (MA with distinction in 2008 and PhD), with Denis Smalley.
Erik Nyström’s music is performed internationally, and has been awarded with prizes and mentions. He teaches modern music history and electroacoustic composition at SAE London and works as freelance sound engineer specialised in contemporary music.