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This profile was last updated on 3/4/09  and contains information from public web pages.
 
Background

Employment History

  • Theatre Composer
    Improviser
  • Producer and Member
    Ballistic Cabaret and Newvacuum
  • Musician
8 Total References
Web References
EMP Artists - Grutronic
www.earthmp.com, 4 Mar 2009 [cached]
Nicholas Grew - harmonica, kalimba, microphone, radio, airfx
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Nicholas Grew has a classical training in music composition, studying orchestration and composition at the University of Toronto (1993 - 98). He also explored the medium of electro-acoustic music, composing a SOCAN Young Composer's Award winning piece, "Deaths and Entrances", featuring the voice of Dylan Thomas (1996). His continued interest in electronic music brought him into the realms of pop and alternative rock music as a songwriter, co - producer and member of New York-based Ballistic Cabaret (1997-99) and Newvacuum in Berlin (2000 - 03). For the last two years he has composed music and soundscapes primarily for theatre and is also an active member of improvised electronic music groups: Grutronic and Heavenlycopter, in which he explores the use of live sound processing with electronic toys. He now resides in Devon and continues to work as a Theatre Composer, Improviser, Teacher and a Youth Performing Arts Programme Developer.
Grutronic – Essex Foam Party | Richard Scott
richard-scott.net, 9 Sept 2012 [cached]
Grutronic, a four-piece electro improv ensemble (Stephen and Nick Grew, Richard Scott and David Ross), augmented for the occasion by guests Orphy Robinson (vibes) and Paul Obermayer (sampler), have taken the last four decades of improvised music on board, swabbed the decks with it and served it up seven frothy pints of the stuff on what could be my favourite album of 2009.
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Put that down perhaps to the musicians' openness to other areas of new music - Nick Grew works with Ballistic Cabaret and Newvacuum, and David Ross has been the drummer in Kenny Process Team since the early 90s - and a willingness to experiment and, to use Derek Bailey's favourite word, play.
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Stephen Grew, Richard Scott, Nick Grew and David Ross constitute the vital organs of Grutronic, an improvising body formed by musicians endowed with ascertained technical preparation on acoustic instruments.
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The core participants are all free improvisers "with a past/present as acoustic ensemble players…re-incarnated as electronic musicians, extending technique through the development of highly personalised systems of sound production and control", namely: Stephen Grew (keyboard, processing), Richard Scott (electronics, analogue synthesizer, sampler, processing), Nick Grew (transduction, processing), and David Ross (his own wryly-named Drosscillator).
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Nick Grew specializes in music for theatre, deploying for Grutronic "toys and hand held instruments" alongside his processing.
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The group (a collective of composers Stephen Grew, Nicholas Grew, Richard Scott and David Ross) remind me a little of Furt in some places (another great PSI ensemble) but I sense there is a quite different aesthetic at work here: something more fun, and more funny too.
Grutronic | Richard Scott
richard-scott.net, 9 Sept 2012 [cached]
Nicholas Grew, transduction, processing Nick studied orchestration and composition at the University of Toronto. His interest in electronic music brought him into the realms of pop and alternative rock music as a songwriter, co - producer and member of New York-based Ballistic Cabaret and Newvacuum in Berlin. For the last few years he has lived in the UK and composes music and soundscapes primarily for theatre. In Grutronic he composes using live sound processing along with electronic toys and small handheld instruments.
Anti-Bodies: beyond the body ideal
anti-bodies.net, 24 Jan 2010 [cached]
A group of volunteers, led by musical director Nicholas Grew and producer Lucy Walker, sing their personal and collective complaints.
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Complaints Choir Plymouth is produced by Lucy Walker and directed by musician Nicholas Grew.
Nicholas Grew - harmonica, ...
www.earthmp.com, 20 Nov 2008 [cached]
Nicholas Grew - harmonica, kalimba, microphone, radio, airfx
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Nicholas Grew has a classical training in music composition, studying orchestration and composition at the University of Toronto (1993 - 98). He also explored the medium of electro-acoustic music, composing a SOCAN Young Composer's Award winning piece, "Deaths and Entrances", featuring the voice of Dylan Thomas (1996). His continued interest in electronic music brought him into the realms of pop and alternative rock music as a songwriter, co - producer and member of New York-based Ballistic Cabaret (1997-99) and Newvacuum in Berlin (2000 - 03). For the last two years he has composed music and soundscapes primarily for theatre and is also an active member of improvised electronic music groups: Grutronic and Heavenlycopter, in which he explores the use of live sound processing with electronic toys. He now resides in Devon and continues to work as a Theatre Composer, Improviser, Teacher and a Youth Performing Arts Programme Developer.
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