Static MansionAt Lyttleton
STATIC MANSION presents two nights of less likely listening, live at the Wunderbar, 19 London St, Lyttelton
8:30pm - $5
Making a rare Christchurch appearance on his way to the Lines of Flight festival in Dunedin, Auckland artist Adam Willetts will be piloting hacked electronics and a laptop through their own electromagnetic fields.
In Christchurch as one of the exhibiting artists in the Scape Biennial, artist and educator Sean Kerr's audio work has been heard in contexts as various as the exhibition Extended Play at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, as support for Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky, and providing catwalk music for designer Nicholas Blanchett at Sydney fashion week 2000. He has curated, among other media and sound focused exhibitions, the sound series 'music for stairwell' for Artspace in 2003, and his ongoing series of generative live multi-user computer music environments has been included in Prospect 2004 at the City Gallery, Wellington, and the 2006 Sound/Bodies winter forum at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. The latter, 'Music for 100Computers', was initially commissioned by rhizome.org.
The Hi-Aces is an occasional project in which members combine elements of percussion/rhythm, pitch, timbre and text-based vocalisations into cohesive collaborative pieces of between three and five minutes' duration. In this performance, The Hi-Aces will be exploring the aleatory potential of the use of strictures of time and geographic separation as strategies for subverting conventional notions of 'mastery', 'musicality', 'authenticity' and 'bare competence'.
As well as original pieces, they will be interpreting works by Wanda Jackson, Johnny Cash, Gloria Jones, and The Renderers.
Stanier Black-Five presents Coastal Defence Battery (live). Inspired by attacks from the air, Stanier Black-Five masterminds a seductive aural assault employing experimental electronics with local and far flung sound sources to create a visceral volley of sound.
Stanier Black-Five is an ex-UK and recently New Zealand-based sound artist, radio maker, DJ and writer, who largely fashions her often aurally challenging soundscapes from environmental recordings and found sounds. She makes sporadic releases on her Argot Records label, and currently hosts The Soundmine show on Christchurch's RDU98:5FM. She has performed in London Musician's Collective's Annual Experimental Festival, across Europe, and more recently in New Zealand, at Christchurch Arts Festival's Bomb the Space, and in-store at Records Records in Dunedin. During October Stanier Black-Five will be travelling and performing in the UK, during which time she has been invited to present shows on UK art radio station Resonance FM, one of which will be a showcase of NZ experimental music.
12 October 2006
8:30pm - $5
SAM HAMILTON (Auck)
Sam Hamilton organises events, performs, and releases limited edition CDs on his own Tumbling Strain label as well as those of other sectors of the current Auckland audio community (CLaudia, a binary datum, the Wine Cellar label, Acroma/CMR). He has lent his abundant enthusiasm and skills as multi-instrumentalist to a plethora of groups and improvised collaborations. Hamilton's cross media and curatorial projects include the co-curation (with Phil Dadson) of the fps live cinema festival, part of the 2006 Auckland International Film Festival. Hamilton also programmes Auckland's annual Alleluya noise festival, the Wine Cellar's Borderline Music Club, has appeared in the cross-sensory media arts performance series Trans Acoustic, and will be performing in both the Dunedin Fringe Festival and Lines of Flight.
While in Christchurch Sam is additionally performing on the 11th October at the Physics Room as half of the expanded cinema duo Transubstantiation Loops, alongside filmmaker Eve Gordon. for more details: www.physicsroom.org.nz/events/2006/TransubstantiationLoops www.audiofoundation.org.nz/sam_review.html
Ben Spiers is an improvising guitarist who started out in the cultural wastelands of Tauranga and Hamilton before settling in Wellington in 2003. His recording debut came in 1999 with a split cassette on Celebrate Psi Phenomenon (NZ) shared with label head Campbell Kneale (Birchville Cat Motel). Subsequent solo releases have appeared on Transient Recordings, PseudoArcana (NZ) and Last Visible Dog (USA). While primarily a guitar player, his recordings are also dotted with violin, alto saxophone, organ, electronics and tape loops. His work draws on "classic" NZ free noise, drone minimalism, Japanese psychedelia and free jazz, while also incorporating a highly personal, abstracted take on the most moody and atmospheric elements of certain 1980s "haircut" bands.
His primary collaborative projects are Empty Mirror (with multimedia artist Karl Willis), Seen Through (with Antony Milton of The Nether Dawn, A.M, The Stumps, PseudoArcana label, etc.), Glory Fckn Sun (with Milton and pioneering Anglo-NZ improv percussionist Simon O'Rorke), and a guitar duo with NZ-based US improviser Andrew Weeks www.myspace.com/transientrecordings
Andrew Weeks is an American guitarist/all-rounder based in Wellington. In addition to his guitar duo with Ben Spiers, Andrew is involved in the New Zealand School of Music's gamelan group and plays regularly with many of the key players of the Wellington jazz/improv scene such as Isaac Smith, Leila Adu, Taylor Taylor and Simon O'Rorke
TIM COSTER (Auck)
Last seen in Christchurch with his collaborative installation with Gaelen Macdonald at the High Street Project, Auckland based sound artist Tim Coster makes audio works involving the use of environmental field-recordings and computer editing/processing, encompassing self-released CD-Rs, gallery installation and live performance. These are all presentations of processed field recordings and faint musical mistakes. Fragile sound narratives are mixed with approximate fragments of structure and musicality, shifting spatial density and forming mysterious geographies.
Tim is also the brains behind the CLaudia label, which combines subtle aural sensibility with conceptual acuity, meticulous design aesthetics and an appreciation of the "3 CD as an aural and physical object (not so much contra file sharing, as cohabiting peacefully with it).
He curates the occasional Audio Pocket sound series at Auckland project space RM 103 and elsewhere, and performs with Auckland sound supergroup Plains.
Wednesday 11 October, 2006
11:00pm - 1am
Tim Coster, Sam Hamilton and Ben Spiers live on RDU98:5FM's experimental sound show the SOUNDMINE.
The SOUNDMINE is experimental radio presented bi-weekly by Stanier Black-Five, on air from 11pm-1am. The programme will be guest-hosted by STATIC MANSION on the 11th and 18th of Oct, and the 1st Nov.