Who Is Oliver Blank?

Oliver Blank is a composer. He composes symphonic cinematic music and builds public installations. Oliver’s installations empower residents to connect with sound and create surprising experiences that bring a sense of wonder back to their city.

Oliver was born in England, is a graduate of Goldsmiths College’s Master of Music programme, and variously calls San Francisco, New Orleans, and Helsinki home.

 

It’s never too late to find new heroes. Oliver Blank is now one of them.
De:Bug Magazine

Most marvelous. Melancholy, haunting and delicious.
Stephen Fry

 

Exhibitions, Works & Performances

Oliver’s music and installations have been featured at a variety of exhibitions and festivals around the world, including London’s Design Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate Gallery, and Helsinki’s Taidehalli.

OHRDRONE: Drone Chamber 2
Sculpture and sound installation, with Toby Heys
Broken City Labs’ Civic Space, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, 2014

OHRDRONE: Drone Chamber 1
Sculpture and sound installation, with Toby Heys
Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2013

Music for Forgotten Places
Site specific public art project in the village of Fiskars
Fiskars Village, Finland, 2013

Artist-in-Residence
Fiskars AiR Programme
Fiskars Village, Finland, 2013

The Kalevala
Sound toy and interactive painting, with Anna Emilia Laitinen and Kalle Karjalainen
iPhone and iPad, 2013

Kalevala Koru Cultural Foundation
Awarded 2013 grant and recognition for The Kalevala sound toy
Finland, 2013

The Bureau of Manufactured History
Storytelling and sound, collaboration with James A. Reeves
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, 2013

Artist-in-Residence
We Are City Import Program
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, 2013

Music for Forgotten Places
Site specific public art project in the city of A Coruña
Museum of Contemporary Art, A Coruña, Spain, 2012–2013

Pyramid
Live performance at Daniel Canogar exhibition opening
Museum of Contemporary Art, A Coruña, Spain, 2012

Artist-in-Residence
Museum of Contemporary Art
A Coruña, Spain, 2012

Play, Perspective & Sound
Talk at We Are City Summit
Harrison Center, Indianapolis, USA, 2012

Sampsa & The Swan
Music for Tracey Moberly’s Tweet Me Up
Tate Modern, The Tanks, London, England, 2012

Confessional Music
Soundtrack and ambient installation for Candy Chang’s Confessions
Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, USA, 2012

TateShots: Michael Craig-Martin – Educating Damien
Soundtrack for short film
Tate Modern, 2012

Kiosk: Space on Basic.fm
Radio program
Basic.fm, 2012

Second Story at TEDxPortland
Soundtrack for installation film
Secondstory.com, 2012

Moon Valley Organics
Soundtrack for advertisement
Farmrun.com, 2012

The Oregon Coast
Soundtrack for short film
Kinfolk, 2012

60,000,000 to 1
Multi-channel generative sound installation
Shush, Helsinki, Finland, 2011

CloqWork
Generative sound toy, created with Akio Nagano
iPhone and iPad, 2011

Häiti Chérie
Soundtrack for short film by Sasha Huber
Kluuvi Gallery, Helsinki, Finland, 2011

Kinfolk Vol. 1
Soundtrack for preview of Kinfolk Volume 1
Tiger in a Jar, Distributed Online, 2011

I LOVE JaNY
Soundtrack for short film by Sasha Huber
Alice in Wonderland Exhibition, Turku European Capital of Culture 2011, Turku, Finland, 2011

Balloon Diaspora & Balloon Suite
Soundtrack for experimental game by Jake Elliott
Cardboard Computer, 2011

Koenji Cyclist
Soundtrack for short film by Jonathan Ben-Ami
Distributed online, 2010

I LOVE JaNY
Soundtrack for short film by Sasha Huber
Taidehalli Studio, Helsinki, Finland, 2010

Kiosk
Documentary Radio Series
Basso Radio, Finland, 2010

Cope
Soundtrack to dance performance by Päivi Vettenranta
Vertical Exile, Stockholm, Sweden, 2010

Hello, Can I Take Your Picture?
Soundtrack for short film by Jonna Uhrman
Tama University, Tokyo, Japan, 2010

Society 6 Minute
Soundtrack for short film by Oh Yeah Studio and James Martin
Society6.com, 2010

Cope
Soundtrack to dance performance by Päivi Vettenranta and Nadja Pärssinen
Human Culture, Imatra, Finland, 2010

The Art of Building an Album as an App
Article by Jemima Kiss
The Guardian, 2010

A Tool Through Which To Experience The City / The Tool
Mobile Installation and App (iPhone and Android devices)
RjDj, 2010

Audiovisual Performance
CocoSolidCiti event, Montreal, Canada, 2010

Karhunpeijaiset
Soundtrack for short film by James Martin and Jonathan Ben-Ami
CocoSolidCiti, 2010

Karhu ja Tiikerini
Album
CocoSolidCiti, 2010

Minimal Bling
iRedux Generated Digital Album (with Geraldine Juárez)
Free Art and Technology Lab, 2009

iRedux
Software Art
Distributed online, 2009

Fabrikan
Soundtrack for short film by Roma Levin
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK, 2008

Plug
Soundtrack for short film by &Made and Roma Levin
Great Brits: Ingenious Therapies, Milan, Italy, 2007

Habitat
Public sound installation
NIME, Genoa, Italy 2008

Hospitality
Immersive sound installation with Jeremy Keenan
Shunt Lounge, London, UK, 2007

Telescope: In My Tight Socks, A Sky And Transparent Moon In Constant Eclipse
Performance soundtrack with Jeremy Keenan
The Green Rom, Manchester, UK, 2007

iRedux
Live performance
Mind on Fire, Manchgester UK, 2007

Live performance
Futuresonic, Manchester, UK, 2007

Climatized Objects
Soundtracks for short films by &Made and Roma Levin
The Design Museum, London, UK, 2006

Climatized Objects
Soundtracks for short films by &Made and Roma Levin
Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milan, Italy, 2006

Live performance
Commonwealth Film Festival, Manchester, UK, 2006

Little Mistakes
EP
Hippocamp, www.Hippocamp.net, 2006

PostVinyl
Live performance with Mathias Fuchs
Media Terra, Athens, Greece, 2006

PostVinyl
Live performance with Mathias Fuchs and Andrew Odia
ResFest, Vienna, Austria, 2005

Playing with Sound
Essay on sound toys
Kunstforum, 2005

 

Visual Credits

Oliver’s karhu Finnish bear symbol was created by Mikko Walamies. The photograph of Oliver is courtesy of Helsingin Sanomat and taken by Veikko Kähkönen. Oliver designed and built this website and was behind much of the artwork too.