SØS Gunver Ryberg is a Danish composer, performer and sound artist. She creates genre-defying electronic music, sound installations and stage performances. She has been awarded several times for her music, significantly a BAFTA nomination for her work on the multi award winning video game INSIDE by Playdead. She has a broad performance and production background: compositions for dance, performance art and theatre, studio productions, multichannel installations and exhibition works, video games, film, commissioned productions, audio walks and live concert performances.
Since appearing on Objekt’s Boiler Room in 2014, she’s become known for delivering music of uncompromising intensity. Latest Aphex Twin curated her to perform at the Warehouse Project 2019 opening in Manchester. Her performance at ADE 2019 was highlighted as one of the key performances by Resident Advisor.
Touring all over the world to perform at festivals, clubs, museums, galleries, cinemas and churches to more unconventional contexts like an underwater reservoir, a running metro train, a planetarium or an old industrial ship allows SØS to expand on her abstract interpretations of the relationship between rhythm and space, with the bodies inside being fortunate enough to experience this transformative physical power of her sound.
Recent highlights for SØS Gunver Ryberg have include appearances at Aphex Twin curates, Berghain, Tresor, Nuit Sonores, Roskilde Festival, Atonal, Boiler Room, CTM Festival, DR Concert hall, ADE, Corsica Studios, Flow Festival, EKKO, Rewire, Today’s art and more.
Her characteristic style is recognized for challenging your state of consciousness by transformative music experiences with insistent rhythms, combined with a meticulous exploration of textures and timbres. Raw sounds created from synthesis and processed field recordings are framed by symphonic forms and create a unique expressivity.
This last year she has also created the immersive quadrophonic installation ‘WHITE SUN’, composed all music and sound textures for the Danish film ‘Cutterhead’ by director Rasmus Kloster Bro premiered in March 2019 (Won Best Music Creation at Film Festival Premiers Plans in France) and composed spatial music for the AR experience ‘Eurydike’ – an art installation/music theater/real life game by director Evelyn Hribersek.
Her work is often site specific and explores the relation to the actual performed acoustics of the space, including compositions for The Royal Library 12 channel speaker system in Copenhagen, a 6 channel installation/concert in an defunct underground water reservoir with a reverberation of 17 sec and quadrofonic concert in the Wintergarden at Glytoteket in Copenhagen. Her commissions for theatre have included original scores for the Luzerne Theatre in Switzerland and Deutsche Theatre in Berlin.