Anastasia Clarke

electronic music, performance, and sound design


Photo: Peter Ross


anastasia clarke
b. 1987, New York
acceptable pronouns: they/them or she/her (fluid)



Anastasia Clarke’s live embodied electronic music performances consider the role of the musician as a healer, activator, and sonifier of the unheard and unseen. Working as a performer-composer and artist-engineer, they use creative music technology such as controllers, custom-built instruments, and performing systems, as well as compositional approaches informed by intuitive work, to splice and dissolve narratives while spinning ineffable new shapes and stories.

In recent years, Anastasia has performed live soundscapes designed for the strategic application of listening modalities. Bringing together synthesis, field recording, and sample-level sound design as artifacts of attention and intention, their durational performances invite listeners to experience shifts in their own sensations of place, scale, space and time. In defiance of any notion of “easy listening,” Anastasia chisels thick ambient textures into character formations using a smattering of noisy activations and idiosyncratic sonic sigils. Underlying each performance is a steadfast trust in improvisation and risk-taking, wielded to reveal the shifting fault lines that exist in our aesthetic and technological systems, perceptive faculties, and societal structures.

Anastasia has performed and designed sound for theater and dance in galleries, theaters, DIY venues, and unsuspecting community spaces for the past twelve years. Projects in 2022 include establishing an art production studio, Purple Cloud Productions, based in Brooklyn, NY; and creating new work under the moniker AC Diamond.

Anastasia is currently Adjunct Faculty in Music Technology at NYU Steinhardt, and regularly speaks and presents as a panelist and guest lecturer in academic and community teach-in style settings. They hold an MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College and a BA from Bennington College. Their work has been supported by the COVID-19 Relief Fund, Foundation for Contemporary Art, Queens Arts Fund, EMS (Stockholm), Tri-tryagain, CCRMA, Cycling '74, and a 2020 Van Lier Fellowship at Roulette. Anastasia also works professionally as an archivist and consultant for artists and non-profits.


offerings


original sound performance works

workshops, talks, and private instruction in electronic music composition

archives, media preservation, and art relocation consultation

composition, sound design, and media scoring

reiki sessions and distance reiki








Anastasia Clarke performing at Confetti Machine Festival, Outpost Artists Resources, Ridgewood, NY. Photographs: Verónica Puche