The New Zealand-born Berlin resident Olly Peryman or FIS has recently garnered significant attention for his rhythmically innovative and visceral, detail-oriented glacial sound masses, as well as for his thoughtful reflections on music-making as a practice.
Peryman has released EPs and 12”s on New Zealand’s Samurai Horo, Brooklyn’s Tri Angle, and London's Loopy. His 2013 Tri Angle EP, Preparations, put him on the map as a forward and backward-thinking architect of living and breathing audial organisms of multifarious provenance.
Peryman’s work as a producer grew alongside an academic background in education studies and teaching. Prior to his move from New Zealand, he held a junior faculty position at Victoria University of Wellington’s Te Kura Maori school, which focuses on indigenous educational worlds of the Pacific and Aotearoa New Zealand. His proximity to a mindset so much at odds with the Western consumerist, economically oriented education systems influences Peryman’s perspective. Although he is careful to say that his music doesn’t claim a depth of connection to his native New Zealand, the ecological character of his compositions reflects an openness to the idea of music as bound to place and landscape. In any case, as one who views sound as a “bone marrow of the universe”, he specifies, “if an artist is ever going to carve out a new territory, their work needs to be different at the seed level, different before the start”.