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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 combination of these things filtered through her compositional process often result in works that are spacious, textural, and melancholy. Her work is lightly focused on textural construction, irregular ensemble groupings, and a structure-based approach. Bell has had work performed at the Göteborg Art Sounds Festival (Sweden), and—in Los Angeles—the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Zebulon, The Dog Star Festival, the wulf., Human Resources, and more. Currently, Bell is preparing two album-length audio releases of her music.
Bell performs on guitar, vocals, keyboards, objects, and sundries in: Erika Bell (experimental singer-songwriter project), Picky Bunches, Mush Pot (post-punk/performative/art-rock band), The 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.