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Altmusic: Philip Jeck, Sandoz Lab Technicians

WITH SANDOZ LAB TECHNICIANS (For the first time in the North Island)

Friday May 23rd,, 8 pm
The Classic, 321 Queen St

Philip Jeck (UK)

Philip Jeck works with old records and record players salvaged from junk shops turning them to his own purposes. Since the early '80's he has made soundtracks and toured with many dance and theatre companies as well as his solo concert work.

His recent collaboration with Gavin Bryars on a re-interpretation of the seminal ‘The Sinking of The Titanic’ has received high acclaim amongst critics worldwide. His best known work "Vinyl Requiem", a performance for 180 '50's/'60's record players, won Time Out Performance Award for 1993.

He plays them as musical instruments, creating an intensely personal language that evolves with each added part of a record. Philip Jeck makes genuinely moving and transfixing music, where we hear the art not the gimmick.

A typical Jeck composition moves at an incredibly lethargic pace through a series of looped drone tracks caught in the infinities of multiple locked grooves. As he prefers to use ancient vinyl on his antique turntables, the inevitable surface noise crackles into gossamer rhythms of pulsating hiss. Occasionally, Jeck intercedes in his ghostly bricolage with a slowly rotated foreground element - a disembodied voice, a melody, or simply a fragment of non-specific sound -, which spirals out of focus through a warm bath of delay

Free lecture at Elam Lecture Theatre
(Under the Fine Arts Library, 20 Whitaker Place behind St Paul's Church)
Friday May 23rd 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Sandoz Lab Technicians

Key figures in the New Zealand 'Free Noise' scene since the early 1990s, Tim Cornelius, James Kirk, Nathan Thompson are a multi-instrumental free-improvising trio.

Performing in Auckland for their first North Island show ever, they bring the trademark Sandoz confection of ethno - folk, lethargic raga rock, ambient jazz and whatever else strikes their fancy, so fully realized by now that they don't sound like anyone but their own bad selves and the quality is so superlative that it induces the good kind o'gooseflesh.

In the middle of the intoxicating amalgam there's a sense of beauty and isolation that is much more seducing than it is alienating.

Layers of restrained feedback are placed against a tapestry of improvised drums and subtle fogbanks of organ, but it’s not the instruments applied that’s important here. Rather the filmic, organic, droning and improvisational feel that comes wrapped around the glacial and stretched out notes.

Sam Hamilton

Based in Auckland, Sam Hamilton makes work ranging the gamut between deconstructive improvisations with acoustic “found” objects, arrangements for acoustic string ensembles to investigative field recording adventures into the sound environments of the Amazon rain forest in Brazil, Columbia and Peru.

His enthusiasm and passion for artistic interaction have led him to work and collaborate with a diverse range of musicians, artists, scientists, film makers, theorists, writers and other such illuminating characters from across the globe. Sam has produced recorded works and installations that have been presented in various places from galleries to museums and has been reviewed in a number of publications including The Wire.


Organised by the Audio Foundation, Altmusic is an ongoing series of audio events, regularly bringing a vital injection of contemporary and avant-garde sound art from around the world to New Zealand.
Previous AltMusic artists include The Necks, Daniel Menche, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Pauline Oliveros, Voice Crack, Francisco Lopez, Oren Ambarchi, Metamkine and the Dead C.

The Audio Foundation and Altmusic is supported by Creative New Zealand and ASB Trust



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