Nicolas Tourney (born in Ivry-sur-Seine, France, in 1982) is an experimental musician, multimedia artist and manager of the label Snow in Water Records. His musical work focus on questions relating to perception and the act of listening. His soundworks have been broadcast since 2018, and he has released albums at a dozen labels in Europe and North America.
Besides this solo work, Nicolas Tourney plays in different musical projects: the duo Seuil Optique with Sig Valax, The Library Music Institute, and the glitch project Nonsound. He's also interpreter of contemporary music (focused on graphic notations and text scores), and invents new soundtracks for old movies like The Naked Island (Kaneto Shindo, 1960) or Alphaville (Jean-Luc Godard, 1965).
"As a teenager, I found an electric refuge in the guitar to satisfy my need for solitude. I was experiencing being struck down, passing to the other side, burning my instincts. I was looking for a freedom in which to explore the wall of noise as if to cross it. Electricity was experience. The ear was attentive to the slightest sound, to the mechanical rustling, to the muffled harmonies escaping from the instrument. Later, I spent my high school hours drawing acoustic patterns, which I applied in my room each night: noise was then a matter of transformations, paths, deviations and wanderings. Have had a great influence on my approach to music, those hours when sound moved this body in a universe made of high frequencies and sound stars."