About SGR
SØS Gunver Ryberg is a Danish composer and sound artist working in electronic music. She has a broad performance and production background: live music performances, multichannel recording, multi channel installation, multi channel live performances, exhibition works, commissioned productions, dance/performance art, video game music and sound design, studio work, releases, remixes, compositions for theatre, 3D audio walks, art films.

SØS Gunver Ryberg is an award-winning composer, sound artist and performs live her music. She is known internationally for her uncompromising intensity, groundbreaking and genre-breaking releases and concerts.

 

“The core of my work is an exploration of the essence of existence. Music is not entertainment for me, but a necessity.

Our times and the problems and complexity of the individual are reflected in my works.”

 

Always performing her own music at festivals and venues such as Berlin Philharmonie concert hall, DR concert hall, Aphex Twin Curates, Berghain, Atonal Festival, Flow Festival etc. to art galleries and museums to site-specific locations such as an underground water reservoir, a subway train, a swimming pool, a abandon power station and an old industrial ship to name a few.

 

SØS Gunver Ryberg has received numerous awards and nominations for her music. She often composes in immersive formats such as multi-channel works, installations, dance, performances, film, VR/AR and SØS Gunver Ryberg received not least a BAFTA nomination and many awards for the music for the multi award-winning computer game “INSIDE”.

 

There is a strong transformative power in SØS Gunver Ryberg’s music. Powerful and spherical textures and timbre with often insistent rhythms that explore other states of consciousness. The music and sounds are created from electronic instruments and often processed field recordings from the world, which are framed by almost symphonic forms with their own expressiveness.

 

 

Live concerts//

Berlin Philharmonie concert hall, DR concert hall, Aphex Twin Curates, Berghain, Atonal Festival, Flow Festival etc. to art galleries and museums to site-specific locations such as an underground water reservoir, a subway train, a swimming pool, a abandon power station and an old industrial ship to name a few.

 

Releases//

In 2019 she released the critically acclaimed album “Entangled” on Avian (Berlin) and in 2020 most recently “WHYT 030 – The sun is new every day” on AD93 (London). The latter has several nominations for instance the prestigious Nordic Council’s music prize 2022.

Latest release in May 2020 on AD 93 (former Whities)  “…Her every release is outstanding in quality. Each builds on, and often subverts, what came before. Whities 030 does nothing to buck the trend, and reaffirms Ryberg as one of the best producers about. This is another worthy addition to her tremendous catalogue.”

“….It’s really easy to throw around descriptors and themes like spatiality, intensity and physicality when it comes to electronic music, but few embody those things and take them to their extremes like SØS Gunver Ryberg…..”

Entangled released on Avian 2019 received reviews with the words “This is powerful and sublime”, “Experimental music at its most forceful and refined” and “It’s an immersive piece of music from one of contemporary electronic music’s most adventurous producers.”

Beneath the album’s harsh noise and unrelenting tension is a refined and carefully considered approach. “Trispider” is Ryberg at her most terrifying and unhinged. But the subdued, gorgeous ambience of tracks like “The Presence_Eurydike” shows an ability to use silence and empty space just as effectively as noise and claustrophobia. One of the impressive things about AFTRYK, her first solo release, was the way Ryberg sustained tension, never letting it break or subside. A keen sense of pacing and progression allows her to do this. Here she applies this same skill to ambient works and more melodic tracks like “Magnetic Force,” introducing restraint and sensitivity without compromising on drama.”

 

Film, Theater, AR/VR, Installations extracts.//

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 the Carl Prize and nominated for a Robert and The Camille Awards).

Created the immersive quadrophonic installation ‘WHITE SUN’.

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.

Commissions for theatre have included original scores for the Luzerne Theatre in Switzerland, Deutsche Theatre in Berlin and the Royal Theater in Copenhagen.

 

Awards:
Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carl – Nielsen Honorary Award  – Composer 2022
H.C. Lumbye Award – Composer 2021
Carl Prize, Score – Cutterhead Composer of the year 2020
Premiers Plans, French Film Festival in D’Angers – Best Music Prize Cutterhead 2019
Emotional Game Awards – Best Emotional Music Inside 2017
SPILPRISEN – Best Sound Design Inside 2017
The Edge Awards – Best Audio Design Inside 2016
Game Developers Choice Awards – Best Audio Inside 2016
The Danish Art Agency – Music to Inside 2016
Danish Composers’ Society’s prize 2011
The Danish Art Agency – Music to Wilhelm Tell 2011
Nominations:
The Nordic Council Music Prize – WHYT 030 – (decided 1st of Nov 2022)
Steppeulven – Danish music critic’s award – Composer of the year 2021
The Camille Awards – European Film composer awards – Cutterhead 2021
Robert Award – Score of Year Cutterhead 2020
BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Televison) – best Music Inside 2017
DDJA – AFTRYK Danish Album of the year 2017
SPILPRISEN – Best Sound Design THOTH 2017
The Games Awards – Music and Sound design Inside 2016
Golden Joystick Awards – Best audio Inside 2016
Independent Games Festival – Excellence in Audio Inside 2016
Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences D.I.C.E. Awards – Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design Inside 2016

 

 

Performed and exhibited at different locations, selection:

Berlin Philharmonie, ATONAL Festival Berlin, Berghain Berlin, CTM festival Berlin, DR Concert Hall, Kisloty Skt.Petersborg, Elevate Festival Austria, Danish National Radio Concert hall, Sonic Acts Amsterdam, Inversia Festival Murmansk, BOILER ROOM Berlin, IPSE Berlin, Norberg Festival Sweden, Krake Festival Berlin, RadialSystem V Berlin, Berghain Berlin, TRESOR Club Berlin, Corsica Studios London, Today’s Art Festival-Hague, Lunchmeat festival Prague, Real Deal Festival Vienna, Katharsis Amsterdam, Electro Mechanica Skt. Petersborg, Intonal Festival Malmø, Le Zoo Geneva, Warehouse Project Manchester, Fylkingen Stockholm, Contort Urban Spree Berlin, Roten Salon Volksbühne Berlin, Issue Project Room New York, Diapason Gallery New York, Hemisferio Festival Rio de Janeiro, Istanbul Biennale, Six d.o.g.s Athens, California Institute of the Arts L.A. SMart Multimedia Festival Michigan, Stockholm Cultural Festival, Roskilde Festival DK, The Danish Ministry of Culture, The Danish Royal Library ‘The Black Diamond DK, STRØM Electronic Music Festival Copenhagen, Jazzhouse Copenhagen. Phono Festival Odense DK, Lak Festival for Nordic Sound Art Copenhagen. Copenhagen Jazz Festival, VSA Copenhagen, Wundergrund Festival Copenhagen, Klang Avantgarde Music Festival Copenhagen. Charlottenborg exhibition hall Copenhagen, Nikolaj Exhibition Hall Copenhagen, Århus Kunsthal DK, Dansescenen Copenhagen, Museum Of Comtemporary Art Roskilde DK, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art Copenhagen, The Planetarium Copenhagen, Cinemateket Copenhagen, Click Festival Helsingør DK, Cisternerne Copenhagen, Glyptoteket Vinterhaven Copenhagen, Klangspuren Festival Austria, Schwankhalle Bremen, Sound of Stockholm, Kegelbahn Luzerne, Edinburgh Science Festival, Dampfzentrale Bern, Kaiku Klub Helsinki, EKKO Festival Bergen, Aarhus Symphony Hall DK