7.9. 2018

Our latest project SONGS TO YOU ABOUT YOU is exhibited in shape of a 7 channel sound installation at ar/ge kunst (Via Museo 29, 39100 Bolzano, IT).

Opening | 07.09.2018, 6 pm
Exhibition | 08.09. - 10.11.2018
Curated by | Emanuele Guidi

More here:



3d chapter of the project What Happens to People
and What Happens to the Land is the Same Thing

Soundwalk at Jardin du Val Rahmeh – Menton
conceived by Chiara Nuzzi as part of ACROSS #16

With the artists: Valentin Ferré, Islands Songs,
Annika Kappner, Giacomo Raffaelli, Anna Raimondo
+ Mathilde Dadaux.

from 2:00 to 6:00 pm 

More here: thankyouforcoming


A mixture of curious practices to be continued. Featuring all types of teeth, all kinds of skulls, all varieties of lineage and laughs.

Laura Dang, Jason Langheim, Grit Lieder, Doreen Smolensky, Markus Westphal from the chair for Experimental Radio, Bauhaus-University, Weimar, accompanied by Islands Songs and Martin Hirsch live on for Art’s Birthday – Euroradio Ars Acustica Special Evening.

Please inform the world by flashing on and off your light switches.
January 17th, 10:40 – 11:00 pm [gmt].


ar/ge kunst and Transart Festival present Nýey and All Depends on the Sun at Museo Civico in Bolzano, South Tyrol. Nýey was remixed as a 4.1 sound installation, All Depends on the Sun will be shown accompanied by a projection with Italian and German subtitles. Curator: Emanuele Guidi.

On the opening night of Transart Festival, Islands Songs will be presenting the premiere of  Stellar Surf, an electro-acoustic experiment that takes its cue from VLF sounds, recorded in Finland.
Live performance on September 7th at 8:30 + 9:30 + 10:30 pm.

Museo Civico | Via Cassa di Risparmio 14, Bolzano
Opening | Thursday, 7 September 2017, 8 pm

Exhibition | 8 – 27 September 2017

Opening Hours | Tue - Sun, 10 am – 6 pm

More here: ar/ge kunst
and here: Transart Festival


From June 17 until July 7 we will present our new project YNK and broadcast it live from Berlin every day in-between 11:10 and 11:40 am. YNK is part of SAVVY Funk, an iteration of Every Time A Ear Di Soun, the documenta 14 radio programme.

More here: documenta 14
and here: Savvy Contemporary


Nýey will be broadcasted on December 15 at 9:15 pm on the national Icelandic radio in the frame of the Cycle Music and Art Festival and its exhibition That Time, curated by Eva Wilson and Gudný Gudmundsdóttir.


Flee, flight, fight, outflow, efflux, leak, and…
6 sonic variations for the same question: what makes you flee?
6 original “sound tracks” to move forward with Sophie Berger (Lyon), Félix Blume (Mexico), Sarah Boothroyd (Vancouver), Nicolas Perret & Silvia Ploner (Berlin), Christophe Rault (Bruxelles) & Valérie Vivancos (Paris).


Radio Escapades and Phaune Radio invite for a Bivouac Radiophonique on October 15 and 16.
Programme here


The multichannel version of Nýey will be diffused from July 18 until August 15 in the frame of the festival Rewind / 30 ans de Phonurgia Nova, at the atelier Gaston de Luppé, Arles.


All Depends on the Sun  ist exhibited together with sculptures and paintings by Finnish artist Tuula Karjalaini at the Juminkeko Foundation in Kuhmo.

Opening: Friday, June 10, 2016

Duration of the exhibition: June 13 - September 30, 2016

Opening hours: Monday - Friday,  12 - 6 pm | open daily in July
Juminkeko Foundation, Kontionkatu 25, 88900 Kuhmo, FI


Grimmuseum is pleased to present the solo exhibition Islands Songs by artist duo Nicolas Perret and Silvia Ploner, showing their first two sound collaborations. For Grimmuseum Nýey was recomposed for 11-channels and unfolds over four rooms, All Depends on the Sun will be shown accompanied by a projection with English subtitles.

Grimmuseum | Fichtestr. 2, 10967 Berlin
Opening | Saturday, 23 April 2016, 7 pm

Exhibition | 27 April - 22 May 2016

Opening Hours | Wed - Sat, 2 - 6 pm

Places Hardly Exist, a text by Salomé Voegelin for Islands Songs


All Depends on the Sun will be broadcasted by Deutschlandradio Kultur / Klangkunst on February 26, at 00:05 am.


Radio Escapades and Phaune Radio invite for a Bivouac Radiophonique on October 23 and 24.
Programme here



All Depends on the Sun is nominated for the Prix Europa in the category 'Radio Documentary'.


Review by Richard Allen ~ A Closer Listen

This one is a real gem. Anyone who enjoys podcasts and Ted Talks is immediately advised to check out Nicolas Perret & Silvia Ploner‘s Nýey, which began as a radio show and is now adapted for disc. The recording is an elegant departure for the Unfathomless label, unlike anything else in its catalog.
The topic of this film-sampling, scientist-quoting, volcanic soundscape is Surtsey, the island that burst from the sea off the Icelandic coast half a century ago. Scientists are allowed to visit only four days a year, and eagerly await the opportunity to examine its fluctuating ecosystem. Perret and Ploner mix field recordings from the island with others from nearby sources: the islands of Bjarnarey and Elliðaey, and the Eldfell volcano. (Sorry, no Eyjafjallajökull!) The field recordings are the main attraction, but the music of the 1964 film “Surtur fer sunnan” and the words of three generations of scientists provide additional dramatic heft.
“Nobody knew how the island would be formed and how short time it would take,” the opening narrator intones.  Anyone who has been near an aquatic lava flow has experienced the excitement of seeing steam rise from the sea as red and blue connect.  The Big Island of Hawai’i’, for example, continues to grow each day.  Surtsey, on the other hand, is shrinking, no longer active, falling prey to the elements around it.  But these gurgling, bubbling field recordings are teeming with life. The natural booming sub-bass is offset by higher-pitched peeps, and even the cries of local birds. The rippling water sings of spawning fish.
It may not be much to look at right now, but Surtsey is home to a number of smaller species, with few natural predators. The scientists’ wonder is palpable as they speak of flora and fauna. Everything happened swifter than expected; the island came into its own, then took a long, sweet nap. As the bubbling of the recording recedes, more wildlife becomes apparent, including multiple avian flocks; by the two-thirds mark, they dominate the sound field. Generations have already made Surtsey their home; generations will follow.
As the recording winds down, scientists speak of the natural breakdown of the island; erosion has already whittled it down by half.  The sounds of local birds decrease, when the lapping of the waves is amplified: an effective means of conveying the island’s physical and aural future. Surtsey has become a character to the listener, and we are sad to hear it go. “What happens then?” a scientist asks. The winds begin to howl as nature claims its own. But for a brief, shining moment – an eye blink in geological time – she was able to poke her head above the water, and lay claim to all she saw.


Review by Frans de Waard ~ Vital Weekly 990

Again Unfathomless releases a work by people that I never heard of, although Nicolas Perret might be the same the one behind the release of Hotel Gromada (see Vital Weekly 705). That was music with the use of guitars, field recordings and electronics, whereas this new work is all about field recordings, all made off the coast of Iceland, where in 1963 an underwater volcanic eruption created new land, but which is closed off due to scientific research. Underwater volcanic eruptions are a rare thing. Only a few scientists are allowed there, and then only four days a year. In the same area there are similar islands created in very much the same way, much earlier, which is where, if I am correct, these field recordings were made that Perret and Ploner use in ‘Nýey‘. Various, I assume, scientists speak a few words every now and then but throughout this is a more than excellent work of electro-acoustic music. I would think that the field recordings have been effectively used to create a work of radio-dramatic proportions. Sounds are transformed, altered and placed against versions of the same sound but then untreated; there is drone like blocks of sustaining sound, especially towards the end, probably from holding a microphone in the arctic wind. There are also explosion like sounds, with a microphone stuck way below the surface, which sounds almost like these recordings are witnesses of the original volcanic eruptions. Ranging from violent loud to very quiet and subdued. The voices are dispersed rather sparsely throughout this piece (which clocks in at thirty-one minutes), but add a documentary feel to it. It’s just enough and ends on a perhaps sad note: ‘we jump forward 1000 years so we can start to understand better how Surtsey will look like when you have only one rock from one island with a lot of vegetation on top. What happens then?’ The second sentence is a different voice, but it adds great drama. Excellent, yet all too short release.


All Depends on the Sun premieres tomorrow on ABC's Creative Audio Unit/Soundproof.
Link here


Nýey is out on UNFATHOMLESS and available for order here


Nýey got a honorary mention at the Palma Ars Acustica.
Congratulations to Alessandro Bosetti for his winning piece "The Notebooks".


Nýey is nominated for the Prix Phonurgia Nova and will be diffused on January 24 by the Festival ●REC at Gaîté Lyrique, Paris.


The 4.1 installation of Nýey will be diffused at the Galerie Le Magasin de Jouets in Arles from December 5, 2014 until January 3, 2015. Parallel to it Jean Luc Agnes is showing his photography series 'Reliefs'.


Nýey was awarded the first prize in the category Radioarte by the 10. Bienal Internacional de Radio.


Nýey au GMVL, Lyon

Après avoir remporté la bourse Phonurgia/GMVL, Nicolas Perret et Silvia Ploner ont été accueillis dans les studios du GMVL pour produire la pièce sonore "Nýey", en Septembre 2013. Aujourd’hui, les deux compositeurs reviennent au GMVL afin de vous présenter leur oeuvre dans les studios du GMVL. Les 16 et 17 octobre, en continu (gratuit).


Nýey is nominated for the Prix Europa in the category 'Radio Documentary'.


Nýey will be diffused on RTBF - La Première / Eldoradio on Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 10 pm.


Nýey will be diffused on Radio Grenouille on the following dates:

Sunday, June 8 at 7pm
Wednesday, June 17 at 2.30 pm
Thursday, June 19 at 8 am
Monday, June 23 at 22 pm


(dpa/picture alliance)

Nýey will be premiered on April 18 on both Deutschlandradio Kultur / Klangkunst (00.05 am) and RTBF - La Première / Par Ouï-Dire (10 pm).


Nýey will be diffused at the Institut de recherche et coordination acoustique/musique (IRCAM) in the frame of the presentation of the Pierre Schaeffer Prize and the Phonurgia Nova Prize 2013. Public hearing on Friday, January 31, 7pm at IRCAM (1, Place Igor-Stravinsky - 75004 Paris).