Nicholas Maloney is a sound artist, multi-instrumentalist, performer, and recording engineer from Jackson, Mississippi and currently living in Cork, Ireland. He earned his bachelor's degree in Recording Industry Production from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2017. Working primarily in the areas of what could be called drone, ambient, musique concrète, and minimalism, Nicholas creates personal, evocative recordings, while at the same time offering a pallet of sound that can be used to practice the rewarding act of deep listening. He looks to challenge the listeners’ focus and perception of sound. Much of his work explores the textural nature of sound within a framework of progressing and evolving compositions. He is interested in the interaction among texture, sound, space, among microcosm and macrocosm.
Under his full name, Nicholas Maloney creates compositions using field recordings, found sounds, electronics, and a variety of processing and audio transformation techniques, creating works that challenge traditional forms of composition and encourage deep listening.
He also records under the moniker, Blanket Swimming, exploring experimental, ambient, and drone compositions using guitar, synthesizers, tape manipulation, field recordings, voice, and other instrumentation. Blanket Swimming has the rare talent of straddling both melancholy drones and uplifting melodies, striking lasting emotional impression by exercising the construction/destruction of stereo drones with found sounds and often ethereal vocals.
Maloney also records under the name Sleep Silver Lightning, exploring compositions for the guitar and voice.
In 2015, Nicholas Maloney co-founded the netlabel, Warm Milk Recordings with Whitson Ramsey.