Flo Wilson (they/she) is a composer, performer and artist from Tāmaki Makaurau/Aotearoa based in Berlin, Germany. Their creative work spans choral-based experimental electronic performance, immersive sound and video installation whilst utilising spatial sound design heavily throughout their practice. Flo's compositions often blur the boundaries between organic and synthetic elements, weaving together intricate layers of sound to create lush sonic tapestries.
Flo Wilson's work has gained recognition both within Aotearoa and on the international stage. Their sound installations and performances have been featured in renowned art galleries (Auckland Art Gallery, The Dowse, Moss Arts Centre - VA/USA), music festivals (Beacon, Outlier Festival, Audio Arts Aotearoa, Audacious Festival of Sonic Arts), highly-respected international conferences (NIME - USA, ACMC - AUS) and experimental venues (Audio Foundation, Verge Gallery - AUS), sharing a wide-ranging practice to a broad audience. Their contributions to sonic arts have been acknowledged through grants (Rebekah Wilson Scholarship for Sonic Arts, Creative New Zealand - Saplings), awards (Lilburn Trust Award), and residencies (with Olivia Webb for the Toi Pōneke/Te Kōkī Sound Art Residency), further solidifying their reputation as a resolute creative within the field.
Beyond their solo endeavours, Flo Wilson is an active collaborator, regularly joining forces with other artists from diverse disciplines, such as visual art (Olivia Webb, Ziggy Lever) and dance (Dance Plant Collective), to create multi-sensory experiences. Songwriting & production collaboration is another string to their bow; they were a co-producer on ‘Don’t Waste My Time’ by lau.ra ft. JessB through APRA SongHubs, which went on to get regular play on BBC1 and synced on Amazon Prime’s Alex Rider series in 2021.
In 2017 Flo independently released their debut EP (Please) Keep Breathing, with a 2018 tape release on New Zealand experimental label mfmp. Their major new sound work 'Prelude to a Requiem' was released bio-digitally through Saplings Records in 2022. This release raised enough money to plant over 1,000 mangrove trees through Eden Re-Forestation Projects to help fight coastal erosion.
Under Flo’s former performance alias Foxtrot, they toured NZ and AUS, including playing Camp A Low Hum, Chronophonium, and Lines of Flight festival. They have supported Suzanne Ciani, Baths, Dan Deacon, and Don McGlashan. Flo has worked as a professional audio engineer for Radio New Zealand. Credits include the Let's be TRANSparent podcast which won bronze at the New York Radio Awards, and The Detail podcast which won Best Factual Podcast at the New Zealand Radio Awards.
Flo holds a first-class honours degree in Composition - Sonic Arts from Te Kōkī – New Zealand School of Music, and their thesis was published in the proceedings of the Australian Computer Music Conference.
Currently based in Berlin, Flo will be using the PDA to undertake professional development residencies, workshops and camps in France and the UK while also building connections in the experimental music community in the Netherlands. This begins with the 5-day intensive residency ‘Hyperreal Environments, Kankyo Ongaku and Composing Beyond the Self with Visible Cloaks and Yoshio Ojima’ in France, Camp FR. Secondly Flo will attend the Real World Studio Producer Camp at Peter Gabriel’s iconic Real World Studios in the UK with other musicians, writers and producers while gaining in studio experience at one of the most iconic and boundary-pushing studio environments in the UK, with on-hand technical and practical assistance from some of the UK’s top engineers, producers and artists. Finally, the awards will support Flo to attend Berlin Atonal and Dekmantel, two of the largest experimental audio festivals in Europe to strengthen connections in the EU experimental music community.
Flo says “Receiving the APRA Professional Development Award is a major honour and I'm so grateful for the opportunity to develop my craft from my new home-base in Berlin. This award is a massive vote of confidence and will directly help me to attend residencies in the next year and develop my compositional practice under the guidance of multiple artists whose work I have deeply admired for a long time. To say I'm thrilled, is a pretty big understatement!”