Mads Emil Nielsen | Black Box 3


arbitrary presents the third in the Black Box series of releases by Mads Emil Nielsen. The release, which showcases a more sample- and grid-based side of the Danish musician/composer’s work, is part of a sequence of publications with music and audio originally made for theatre, radio soundtracks and more.

Black Box 3 is based on sound pieces produced for Sprækker (Cracks), a dance performance & installation in Denmark, 2021. The starting points for these pieces are improvisations recorded with contemporary dancers, in which Nielsen guides the listener through a corpus of synthesizer recordings, everyday sounds and radio archives. These original recordings were reworked for this LP and edited into the six tracks in early 2022 – Black Box 3 (arbitrary14) is now released on 12” vinyl + DL.
released December 9, 2022


Written & produced, recorded and mixed by Mads Emil Nielsen, Copenhagen, 2021 / 2022

Acoustic sounds on Installation – 2 by Victor Dybbroe

Mastered and cut by Kassian Troyer at D&M, Berlin

Graphic design by Mads Emil Nielsen

Thanks to Aaben Dans, Thomas Eisenhardt, Catherine Poher, Chris Watson, Antoine Hubineau.

12” vinyl (blue transparent) / CD + DL
Edition of 500, LP/CD: inside-out sleeve, incl. download code