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My work comes from a place of intuition, preference, and the personal, with an emphasis on exploring the timbre of sonic realms. I often derive from found text, objects, and sounds, and juxtapose strict notation with elements of openness in the use of time and material. My work slowly and methodically unravels. By placing an importance on pacing I allow full immersion in the audible phenomenon of beating, cyclical melodic/harmonic loops, and washes of texture. In my work I explore how to accentuate what is naturally inherent to the sonic world of a material or space, experimenting with different ways to access what it may have to offer. I play around with different methods of creating non-traditional scores, intend to begin incorporating different mediums into my compositions and expand into the realm of sound installation.
Erika Bell is a Los Angeles based composer drawn to intuition, preference and the personal. The result of these three things often show up in ways that are spacious, textural, and melancholy. Her work is lightly focused on textural construction, irregular ensemble groupings, and a structure-based approach.
(2017) for large-ensemble was performed at the Walt Disney Concert Hall as part of L.A. Phil’s 2017 Noon to Midnight concert. In the same year she was commissioned by the wulf. for their Open Source series where she premiered
(2017) for soprano, electronics, electric guitar, cello, and contrabass. In 2018 she premiered its companion piece
, for the same ensemble and was commissioned again for the wulf.’s Open Source series where she performed
for voice, contact mic, portable speakers, pedals, and sine tones. Bell premiered
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(2018) for large-ensemble in Dog Star Orchestras fourteenth festival. This September her piece
will be performed at the Göteborg Art Sounds festival in Sweden. Currently Bell is preparing two album-length audio releases of her music and preparing an installation version of her large-ensemble work
Moving Like Icebergs Against Each Other
Bell performs on guitar, vocals, keyboards, objects, and sundries in: Erika Bell (experimental singer-songwriter project), Mush Pot (post-punk/performative/art-rock band), Dog Star Orchestra (experimental music ensemble/festival in L.A.) and other occasional projects.
Erika holds a BFA in music composition from California Institute of the Arts where she studied with Michael Pisaro and Laura Steenberge.