monty adkins is a composer whose music is characterised by slow shifting organic instrumental and concrete soundscapes. adkins was educated at pembroke college, cambridge where he read music, specializing in french medieval and italian renaissance music. he was first introduced to electronic music by ambrose field as a result of which he became a member of the birmingham electroacoustic sound theatre. following formal studies in acousmatic music, he created a wide range of music from installation works, dance works, and interactive works. as well as electronic works adkins has produced instrumental works for anton lukoszeveize [between lines (zkm) 2008] and ictus ensemble [nights bright daies (ircam) 2003].
following a period in new zealand in 2006 and almost two years of creative silence he developed a post-acousmatic aesthetic stance. for him this marks a distinctly new period of creative activity. this work has become increasingly minimal and introspective. this work focuses on encouraging a deeper immersive listening experience. working with a reduced sonic palette the new works draw together elements from ambient, minimal electronica, acousmatic and experimental electronic music. the first fruits of this was the album ‘five panels’ released in april 2009 on signature/radio france featuring adkins playing e-guitar and organ and pierre alexandre tremblay on bass. the album has also been nominated in the ‘album of the year’ category at the 2010 qwartz awards, paris. in 2008 he curated and mixed the project at ina-grm. the project is a huge collaboration involving over 60 of the worlds leading sound artists (from fennesz, hecker and ratke to dhomont, zanesi and scanner) to celebrate the work and influence of pierre schaeffer – the album was released in 2008 by empreintes digitales in canada [www.electrocd.com] and has since been nominated in the ‘experimental’ category of the 2010 qwartz awards in paris.
his recent work has focussed on collaboration. his work with the artist Pip Dickens includes in a leverhulme funded artist in residence award. the initial stages of this collaboration can be heard on the recent album from audiobulb – fragile.flicker.fragment also nominated for the 2012 quartz award in the best album category and four shibusa – which resulted in a major exhibition at the daiwa anglo-japanese foundation in london. more recently he has been working with writer deborah templeton, video artist jay payne and audio-visual artist julio d’escrivan.
his recent work is published by audiobulb [www.audiobulb.com] and cronica [www.cronicaelectronica.org] and draws together modern classical and ambient work.