Mezzo-soprano Els Mondelaers (B) and composer Dyane Donck (NL) combine their various skills in a performance concept in which modern classical composition meets pop and electronic music.
For this concept, the audience wears wireless headphones - a Silent Disco system - to experience the most intimate and subtle yet immersive and overwhelming 'soundscapes & songs'.
The added value of hearing the concert via headphones is the use of binaural audio, pre-recorded as well as live: a special technique that causes a 3D-audio experience - a massage for the ears.
NYX premiered at November Music 2018 their ambitious headphone opera: MYRIAM, a co-production of Transparant (Belgium), Operadagen Rotterdam (NL), Podium Bloos and November Music (NL). In this opera classical singing, psychedelic pop music, beats, live electronics, 3D sound and video art will merge.
Currently, Nyx is working on a new project The Corona Drawings together with the Gumboy Orchestra of the Dyane Donck Company. Together with the Dance Company of Jelena Kostic they will premiere the production Your Last trip in July 2022. In 2023 they will present their new unique music theatre production Gender Bender.
In anticipation of these projects, NYX performed their work-in-progress and experiments in small, intimate settings at unusual locations around the country.
The tryout concerts they did at Operadagen Rotterdam and November Music with voice, bass guitar, theremin and electronics were very successful. Some audience feedback:
'...I had the feeling the concert was really close and intimate and meant to be especially for me...'
'...it was a very special experience, something I had never seen and heard before.'
So: grab a headphone and enter the world of NYX!
NYX compose dark chamber music
presented in headphone concerts
Review in the Danish magazine
for art and music ‘Seismograf’:
"...Genre-wise, we were presented songs that were a mixture of Leonard Cohen’s melancholy and Laurie Anderson’s electronics, a sound that also included opera, layered harmony, live sampling, soundscapes and live footage of, for instance, a music box in binaural microphones. The shifts between the various soundscapes and genres appeared almost magical in our ears. It was a very successful small concert which impact opened our ears and eyes for fantastic music production opportunities…"
listen on headphones
Review in the Eindhovens Dagblad by René van Peer:
"...The fairytale-like, dark atmosphere of music and lyrics was an immersive experience, all the more because they do not work with speakers, but with headphones. These made you drown in their sound world, that they enriched with sounds of falling water drops, thunder and infernal noise..."