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Crawl EP
(Alien Jams, 2020)

Nexcyia’s debut EP Crawl is a project spanning between the summers of 2018-2020 in LA, London, Paris and most recently his family home in Normandy.
The six compositions are a set of reflections, personal experiences and meditations on posthumanism Influenced by swings of loneliness, vulnerability, anxiety and – on a subconscious level – otherness.
Nexcyia attempts to challenge our collective vulnerabilities and sonify our resilience by confronting harsh sampling and soft synthesis. He strives to decipher what’s real and what isn’t, manipulating pitch, bending sounds, incorporating archived audio, digital orchestral cellos, as well as fragmented and fractured pads. His work explores belonging, alienation and amnesia while contemplating notions of existence, through the use of granular synthesis tools, post-human voices and field recordings.
Nexcyia’s lofi productions speak to those who have felt othered and were faced with haunting memories of the past but also aim to narrate a sonic foretelling of the future.
Crawl is a take on modern anxiety, it challenges the ontological questions of what limits us as humans.

alienjams.bandcamp.com/album/crawl-ep

Boomkat Product Review:
Gorgeous debut EP here from Nexciya that sounds like an old Fennesz record being sent across an empty universe over a dial-up connection. Lo-fi in the best possible way.


Recorded over the last couple of years in London, Paris and his family home in Normandy, “Crawl” is Nexciya’s attempt to map out “modern anxiety” in sound. So for something so hinged on the human condition, it’s unusually alien-sounding – comprised of cut-and-paste digital synth stabs, fuzzy harmonic monoliths and distant granular clouds of drone. It’s almost like a science fiction take on MBV-era shoegaze at times, and at others sounds more like “Marble Surf”-era James Ferraro, basking in its self-consciously lo-fi filth to enhance its unexpected beauty.


It’s a short set, but seriously we’re appreciating that it leaves us thirsting for more rather than take the usual contemporary route of spinning everything out into a seven album opus. As a debut, it establishes a clear voice for Nexciya, and we can’t wait to hear where he might go next. Fans of The Caretaker, Fennesz or William Basinski should take a closer look.

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ORIGIN EP
(Cafe OTO, 2021)

On new release ‘Origin’ he meditates on place, time and being, using thick brushstrokes of swelling synthesis to come to terms with the past and present. Loss and longing haunts each clouded drone, wandering melody and textural wash, creating dense layers that float around and encircle one another in a weightless space. Each track feels like a memory peered through a fogged window, watching as it slowly fades into the distance, or an orchestra heard playing a mile away, amplified over rivers and hills. Nexcyia takes us on a journey with no set co-ordinates, conjuring otherworldly music rooted somewhere that can’t be found.
www.cafeoto.co.uk/shop/nexcyia-origin/
FACTMAG MIX 892: NEXCYIA
https://www.factmag.com/2023/01/23/nexcyia-fact-mix/

An intimate ambient soundtrack to the ups and downs of 2022 from the perspective of experimental producer and sound artist Nexcyia.

Nexcyia is the musical alias of Adam Dove, an African-American/French sound artist and ambient musician who splits his time between London and Paris. His artistic practice, which encompasses sculpture, installation, painting and moving image as well as sound art, explores notions of alienation and otherness in the African-American experience. “We never really speak about the sonification of race and the racialisation of listening,” Dove told The Wire in 2022, discussing his 2021 installation INTER(FEAR)ENCE. Inspired by the Black sociologist and civil rights activist WEB Du Bois’ idea of a “transparent wall”, he placed a speaker underneath the glass of a car door playing a muffled recording of the late Sandra Bland, a Black victim of US stop and search policies. “Black and white people can only see each other, today, they can’t hear each other,” Dove said.

The notion of otherness is something that he explored in his stunning 2020 debut EP, Crawl, released on London’s Alien Jams label. Across its six deeply layered compositions, Dove combined manipulated found sounds with granular synthesis to create intimate expressions of his inner experience through vast ambient vistas peppered with delicate textures. On his follow-up, the Origin EP released on Cafe OTO’s in-house label Takuroku, Dove crafted a broader meditation on place, time and being.

When recording his Fact Mix, Dove opted to approach it in a personal a fashion, as he would when creating one of his own records. “I started recording the mix on laptop back at my family’s house in the suburbs of Paris,” Dove says. “The mix conveys different moods throughout 2022 – I see it as a soundtrack and wanted to keep a memory of how the past year has been so crazy for me.  The energy intentionally changes throughout the mix almost reflecting the ups and downs of that time, dealing with mental health, chronic illness, losing my grandfather Clyde Vernel Dove, moving house three times because of shitty situations.”

“It’s also the longest mix I’ve recorded so I wanted to compile something special with all my favourite artists,” Dove says of the mix, which includes music from Racine, Stone, crimeboys, Florian T M Zeisig (as spool), Igor Dyachenko, mu tate and arad acid (as dj bathtime). “The mix starts off and ends with Barcelona based artist Nueen – I first heard the track ‘Link IV’ on a mini UK tour I did with him November last year in Glasgow and Manchester. The tour was organized by the lovely Conna Haraway & Deep Softy who run INDEX:Records – we also had the amazing Slowfoam on tour with us.” 

Nexcyia will be touring in February and March 2023, playing several dates in London, as well as shows in Florence and Madrid – find more info at his website. Follow Nexcyia on Instagram and SoundCloud.

Wire Magazine (2022 issue)

The London based producer and installation artist pieces together an exclusive mix of tracks by ambient affiliates, inspired by Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man

Here, Dove shares a brand new mix featuring tracks by several of his musical acquaintances, and others. “This mix was inspired by a quote from the book Invisible Man (1952) by Ralph Ellison,” says Nexcyia over email, “I now can see the darkness of lightness. And I love light. Perhaps you’ll think it strange that an invisible man should need light, desire light, love light. But maybe it is exactly because I am invisible. Light confirms my reality, gives birth to my form.”
“I wanted to sonify the idea that the darkness of lightness can confirm presence,” he continues, “some of the tracks by Racine evoke these feelings, as well as, feelings of otherness and loneliness – I wanted to compile tracks that evoke meditative temple-like atmospheres.”

Tracklist:
Racine “Trois Cent Trente-Trois Lettres Imparfaites”
Racine “Ibiza”
Racine “Grosso”
Xphresh “One Kiss”
Ben Bondy “Spring”
Ben Bondy “Dream Bleed”
TIBSLC “Hypertranslucent”
Mistareez “Skate 2”
mu tate “Human Occupied Spaces”
mu tate “Allowing To Exist”
Nexcyia “Apex (Extended)”
Keru Not Ever “Mon Dos Contre Ta Mezzanine (Après Monk Feldman)”

Read The Wire’s full interview with Nexcyia in The Wire 461. Nexcyia will perform as part of The Wire’s 40th anniversary celebrations at The Wire 40 × Below The Radar alongside Venus Ex Machina and Malvern Brume at London Spanners on 9 July. Advanced tickets available here.

Rebirth is Necessary
(Sound Installation, 4min50s, 2020)
Royal College of Art
Dyson Building

Inspired by our march towards a post-human reality, this sound installation seeks to rewrite the very definition of what it means to live in a world that we aim to control with technology.
As computer technology evolves and man-made trash overwhelms our world, the coiled cables formed suggest beauty and darkness. The installation emits ambient soundscapes woven with harsh sound design and field recordings, its discrete yet noisy,  layered with organic sounds creating an ethereal soundscape.

ALIE(NATION)
(Soundscape, 10min, 2020)
Royal College of Art

Inspired by the notion of afrofuturism, this soundscape explores the sonic dimensions of an alternate reality where people are brought onto a new planet.
It speaks to the extresterrestialality of Africans when they first landed in America, and on a deeper level to everyday’s estrangement of black and brown people.
Alie(nation) is a sonic fiction that continues Drexciya’s myth of the Middle Passage but tells the story of the people who survived it – explored through ambient soundscapes woven with harsh sound design, field recordings, modified voices and noise.
Ultimately, this is a narrative that is ever-evolving, and aims to connect to people that are bothered.

Generation – 5min
(ShowStudio, Video Commission, 2022)

The artist Nexcyia, also known as Adam Dove, interprets the theme of generation in a film which aims to tear down stereotypes of black and brown people, giving a voice to the unheard.
https://www.showstudio.com/projects/bodies-of-knowledge/generation-nexcyia?autoplay=1

1992
(Video, 7min47s, 2017)

1992, is tribute to the LA Riots I made a tribute because its 25 years today since it happened. I was inspired by Kahlil Joseph’s “good kid m.AA d city” (2016) split screen installation I saw at The Strand. The theme that I went for with this piece was to portray the severity of how communities can be destroyed – I slowed down the visuals because I wanted to emphasize the despair and I wanted to bridge the future and the past and reimagine the experience of these people and what they were going through. 

Barbican Centre, London
Live Performance – Supporting Caterina Barbieri (2022)

Nexcyia – Improvisations ft. Agathe Max and Charlotte Kaslin – Live (2021) – French Institute in London

Radio Mixes
(Recorded between 2019-2022)

Nexcyia @ Space 289