Department of Music

Nontokozo Sihwa

Biography

Nontokozo F. Sihwa is a composer, sound designer and interdisciplinary artist. She has contributed sounds and music to a range of projects including releases on AD93, NON Worldwide and Optimo Music, installations for Hyperdub and the Institute of Contemporary Arts; and scores for Channel 4 and the National Theatre of Scotland. In 2021, she won the Oram Award for innovation in music and sound technologies. Trained as a mathematician, she brings both a boundless curiosity and exacting precision to her work: she developed a “pirate AI” opera as a Fellow of CTM Festival in Berlin, and led a workshop on radio transmitter building at Moogfest in North Carolina. Nontokozo draws on her interest in Italian futurism, posthumanism, and the phenomenology of radio communication. These inspire her otherworldly and distinctive music. She has performed at numerous festivals and events across Europe and North America.  She has also lectured and given workshops at universities and cultural institutions including Berklee College of Music, Slade School of Fine Art, Moogfest, Somerset House Studios, Tate Britain and the V&A Museum. She studied mathematics at McGill University and the University of Glasgow, where she was a prize-winning student. Her desire to get inside music led her onwards to study electronic engineering, alongside music, and she holds an MMus from Goldsmiths’ College, University of London (pending). Clients for syncs and commissioned work include Burberry, Star Alliance and the Royal Docks. She was featured in the FACT Magazine and British Council Documentary, Sonic Futures.