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Nick Parkin is an Award Winning Composer, Multi-Instrumentalist & Sound Designer. He has collaborated on all of Marie-Gabrielle Rotie's works as a composer since 1994. They have also collaborated on numerous mult-discplinary and site-based projects.  ​ ​ His music career began in the early 1980's working for major Dance & Theatre Companies, and in the 90’s for a number of Ambient Music groups, while continuing his live and compositional work with Dance & Theatre,Companies, and in particular Butoh Dancers in the UK & Europe. He has collaborated on both live improvisations and albums with many artists including Clive Bell, Pete Lockett, Z'ev, Tuu, Tom Wallace, Stillpoint, Tom Gillieron, David Stevens and Alio Die (aka Stefano Musso). His work for Dance and Theatre has been performed in many of London's leading venues,The Royal Festival Hall,The Queen Elisabeth Hall,The Linbury and Claw Studio Theatre's at The Royal Opera House,The Lilian Baylis Studio Theatre Sadlers Wells,The Royal Academy of Arts,The V&A Museum,The Place Theatre,Riverside Studios,and The Bonnie Bird Theatre Laban Centre.  For the past 30 years, Nick Parkin has worked as an instrumentalist and composer for major dance and theatre companies in the UK including  Dance Gwylan, Paupers Carnival, Jeff Powell ( Extemporary Dance), Horse and Bamboo Theatre, DooCot, Katharina Vogel ( CH), Tetsuro Fukuhara ( J) Marie-Gabrielle Rotie  (all works since 1994) , Tanja Raman/Diversions and Lea Dance ( five works since 2002), Athina Valah and Candoco Dance. Anna Furse Athletes of the Heart, and Mladinsco Theatre Slovenia,  London College of Fashion,​ ​ He has worked extensively with Butoh dancers including Ko Murobushi, Tadashi Endo, Tetsuro Fukuhara (at Monaco Digital Dance Fourm 2000) Atsushi Takenouchi, Katsura Kan and Stefan Maria Marb. Stefan Maria Marb,Munich, and Marie Gabrielle Rotie London. ​ ​ His sound has featured on Radio drama and television and has been played in concerts all over Europe including WOMAD, Reading and several touring concerts in Italy He has featured in a number of BBC Music Programmes, and his Compositions have been used by the BBC and Channel 4 in the UK.   He holds an MA in Electroacoustic Sound Composition from the University of East Anglia. In 2002 he won a first prize in the prestigious Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition for his composition 'Magmas' presented in the Queen Elizabeth Hall London South Bank as part of London Sinfonietta's 'State of the Nation' Festival.   He was awarded a funded residency in STEIM Amsterdam in 2000, studying innovative interactive software programmes such as LISA (realtime sound manipulation software) and BIG EYE (realtime video software programme).   Recent commissions and live playing has included, Compositions for a film ‘Dust’ for award winning UK film maker Ray Jacobs 2019 and compositions used by Netherlands Broadcasting & the BBC 2020. Other more recent commissions include 'The Blooming' for Kew Gardens Temperate House 'Japan After Hours' events series 2021, 'The Cycle' for Fashion Designer Yuliya Krylova Art in the Docks London 2021, 'Tokyo Remix' with MG Rotie for the Ashmolean Museum Oxford 2021.   He has a number of solo and collaboration cd’s released in the USA and Europe, and on all major online platforms.His music has been broadcast internationally, and presented in festivals and concert venues in the UK and Europe. His music ranges from Atmospheric Electronic & Electroacoustic Soundscapes to Instrumental Contemporary Classical compositions. Some of his CD's can be found on iTunes,Spotify and other digital outlets world wide. ​ His latest releases 'HEMISPHERE' 2015, 'ETHERS' 2017 & 'ZIGGURATS' 2018, & ‘SUN CULT 2019, can be found on iTunes, Spotify,and most other Digital outlets World Wide. ​ Artistic Background ​ Nick originally trained in Fine Art and as a performer, studying Butoh in Paris in the Early 1980's and also in the UK with Mutsutaka Ishi and  Eiko and Koma, Noh theatre with Akira Matsue,  actor training with Yoshi Oida and Paupers Carnival . For 10 years he created landscape based works, touring Europe extensively.  He was awarded several residencies to create work including in Switzerland and Spain where he worked in collaboration with Swiss dancer Katharina Vogel. He also worked with Public Dreamers touring the Uk to great acclaim with work based on Ted Hughes Poems, funded by South East Arts/ ACE. ​ Nick also performed for Theatre of the Heart , Paupers Carnival and Welfare State International. He held residencies in Schloss Brollin Research centre in 1993 and 1994 during the EX-it! butoh choreographers exchange. He completed  a BA in Fine Art/community arts and performance  at Bradford College of Art in Yorkshire 1980-83. He has continually created paintings, photographs, performances, objects which revolve around his passion  for landscape and environment. ​ Teaching ​ Nick has been studying Zhan Zhuang Chi Kung with Master Lam Kam Chuen for over 30 years. He currently teaches Site Specific performance research for BA and MA students at Goldsmiths University of London,as well as workshops and classes for Butoh UK.

Detailed information on Each Album 


 Nick Parkin’s latest release on Soleilmoon Recordings, draws its inspiration from the movement of light and water. To create this album Parkin electroacoustically manipulated and blended a variety of gongs and other metallic percussion with environmental field recordings. It’s eight tracks of intense, multi-layered work evoking hidden subterranean waters and gloomy oceanic depths, where shards of light only occasionally penetrate. Sonic images conjuring reverberant aquatic chambers, storm swept surfaces and horizons abound, while winds and other elemental phenomena bring about transmutations, distillations, evaporations and cycles of tides. This CD is presented in a standard jewelbox, in a limited edition of 500 copies.  8 tracks/total time 53.34


explores themes of entropy in the city and evokes a ravaged apocalyptic architecture of decaying machinery and metallic residues: an imaginary city subject to the uncontrollable forces of nature and chemical and alchemical processes of corrosion and implosion. 9 tracks/ total time  64:55 

Red Shift   

fuses blistering hypnotic break beats with dark atmospheric sound textures and derives its inspiration from the images of distant galaxies and planets captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. Imaginings of distant space are counterbalanced by the gritty reality of living and creating in the dense urban environment of London and the impact this has on everyday aural experiences. Beats and breaks are constructed individually and meticulously in the break beat science style and merged with sampled and synthesised sound to create a compelling sonic experience. Nick Parkin is well-known for his many CD releases revolving around atmospheric dark electronica and elemental electroacoustic soundscapes, including Island of Dust (1999), Entropolis (2001) and Geomorphic Resonance (2001), which were released by Soleilmoon. He was awarded first prize at Bourges International electroacoustic music awards in 2001 for his elemental electroacoustic work Magmas, which has since enjoyed considerable international airplay. He brings his long term experience of using elements of drum and bass within his commissioned music for dance and theatre companies to startling effect in Red Shift and has teamed up with Tom Gillieron, a DJ, House and Drum and Bass artist and producer. Tom has released a number of 12" singles on the Dutch Drum and Bass scene and remixed for people as diverse as BT in the USA and MJ Cole in the UK garage scene  9 tracks/total time 60.32

Island of Dust  

explores landscape and mythical underworld themes. An island scared by elemental forces, concealing submerged artifacts and cavernous subterranean chambers. 9 tracks /total time 64:18 

Geomorphic Resonance

is an intense evocation of geological process, glacial movement and erosion. Manipulated field recordings and treated instrumental textures conjure up an imaginary land, wrought by ice, wind and water. 7 tracks /total time 55:.12  

Aquam Metallicam

is a collaboration with Italian ambient composer Alio Die aka Stefano Musso. Shifting atmospheres inspired by alchemical texts and the changing weather of Lunigiana, Northern Tuscany, where is was composed and recorded.

9 tracks total time 53:10                    



Descent - is now a collectors item and currently no longer in print - check amazon or ebay .


other albums -  Stillpoint and Terma -collaborations between Tuu and Nick Parkin.



Ancient Resonances Public Dreamers rec. Wales 1991

Still Point: Maps without edges  re-release City of Tribes USA rec. London 1995

Parkin/Higley  Touchsound rec.London 1996

Descent Hic Sunt Leones/Italy rec.London 1996

Tuu/Parkin Stillpoint /Beyond Records 1995

Tuu/Parkin Terma Fathom Records US rec. London 1997

Island of Dust Soleilmoon Recordings USA                   rec. London 1998

Entropolis Soleilmoon Recordings USA                       rec. London 1999

Geomorphic Resonance Soleilmoon Recordings USA rec. London 1998

Aquam Metallicam Collaboration CD with S. Musso Musica Maxima Magnetica rec. Italy 2000

solo track Magmas released by Bourges on 'Cultures Electronique Bourges' 2001

Parkin/ Gilerion Red Shift Solelimoon Rec. USA           rec. London 2002

Awaiting Release

New album with Z'ev 08/09

Zafar with Pete Lockett

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