Nicolás Melmann (Arg – Barcelona based) composer and sound artist uses sound as the raw material for his compositions exploring social and poetic aspects of sound.

Influenced by radioplay and cinema, artist like Derek Jarman, Sergei Parajanov, Peter Greenaway his art goes between museums institutions and music circuits.

A multi-instrumentalist, Melmann creates sonic collages and sound stories using electronics, folk ethnic instruments (Koto, lyre, glass lyre, harp, ukulele, percussion, hangdrum, flute, etc.), field recordings and spoken word. The result is contemplatives soundscapes where melody and experimentation come together, somewhere between a sound installation, ambient, and primitive music.

Melmann participated in the RedBull Music Academy (New York, 2013) and several art residencies, like at ZKM – Zentrum für kunst und medien – project Spread a Sound cartography of the jewish Diaspora (2019), Spatial Sound residency at Steim (NL 2019) among others, touring around the world bringing his music to stages like the Metropolitan Art Museum of New York (supporting Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto), the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), Museum of Contemporary Art (Denver), Mutek, Sónar, Polytech Museum (Moscow), Seoul Museum of Art, EXPO MILANO (IT) etc.

Touring extensively through Asia, Europe, North and Latin America, working as a curator at MAR – Museum of Contemporary Art (Arg) and as a composer mainly on Childrens Music for films, TV, theatre and dance performances, participating in educational projects around new music and sound art in different parts of the world

CONTACT: alo [@] melmann.com.ar


Art Residencies

  • ZKM – Zentrum Für Kunst und Medien – MY CITY MY SOUNDS (Germany 2019)
  • STEIM – Spatial sound enviroment Pentacle (Amsterdam 2019)
  • Asylum Arts – Garrison Institute (New York 2018)
  • Asylum Arts – CDMX (Mexico 2017)
  • Goethe Institute – project with the writer Lydia Daher (Germany 2016)
  • ARTICHOKE Interactive sound installation 2015
  • Museum Scapes Residency –MACBA Buenos Aires Museum of Art Contemporary – 2014
  • Red Bull Music Academy – New York – 2013


  • ZKM – Zentrum Für Kunst und Medien – MY CITY MY SOUNDS (Germany 2019)
  • Asylum Arts – Small Grants project : Spread (New York 2018)
  • Fondo Nacional de las Artes – project Proxemia – Creation Schollarships (Buenos Aires 2017)
  • Kosice Biennale nomination due to the Huerta Hipermedial project and interactive installation – (Buenos Aires 2014).
  • SUPER45 Chile Contest nomination (Chile) – 2007.
  • Conexión 06 – Alliance Française and Los Inrockuptibles magazine- 2006.


  • Music composition & Sound Design Ohana Art & Education (Barcelona 2019).
  • Sound Art Workshop held in Garrison Institute (New York 2018).
  • Sound Art Workshop held Milano Design Week Adda Secca (Milano 2018).
  • Sound Art Workshop for childrens held in CMMAS – Centro Mexicano para la Música y el Arte Sonoro (Morella 2017).
  • Sound Art Workshop held in Espacio Fundación Telefónica (Lima – Peru 2014).
Sound Installations
  • Spread – Sound Carthography of the Jewish Diaspora – Music is Festival – Munich 2018
  • Sons Divins – CCCB Centro de Cultura Contemporánea – Barcelona 2018
  • Sons Divins – Convent de San Agustí – Barcelona 2018
  • Agafia – Installarion & Performance – Russian Orthodox Church – Buenos Aires 2017
  • HERTZ – ARTICHOKE Interactive sound installation 2015 / ESTACION BIOCREATIVA – CASACOR Lima, Perú – 2015 Huerta Hipermedial – Interactive sound installation – Kosice Biennial – Borges Cultural Center – 2014
  • «Hierro y Fe», sculptures about iron and history. Sculptures by Nicolás Botte /Historian: Cecilia Gil Mariño – Fundación Eva Perón – 2009.