THE BASEMENT TAPES TO SHOW AT MELBOURNE FRINGE

September 23rd, 2017

The Basement Tapes, a hit of the NZ Fringe Festival, is coming to Melbourne this week! Part multi-channel audio work, part live performance, this immersive show is “eerie, thrilling & totally engrossing.” (Theatreview)

Following her Grandmother’s death, a girl (Stella Reid) is faced with the overwhelming task of clearing out her house for sale. She finds some old cassettes and on hearing them for the first time both audience and solo performer fight not to drown among the waves of secrets and memories in the basement.

With sound-design by Thomas Lambert (I.Ryoko) this psychological horror is “truly driven by sound… shifting points of origin have me looking all around, distortions jerk me back and forth through time, and the volume draws me to the edge of my seat only to blast me back. Meanwhile, Reid manipulates and is manipulated by the sound; she dances with joy one moment and slams stop on the tape in the next, full of fear. We’re drawn in further by her mysterious reactions, not just watching a relationship but listening to one.” (The Pantograph Punch)

Venue: Fringe Hub: Arts House – Warehouse
Time: Tue – Sat 9:00 PM, Sun 8:00 PM
Duration: 55 minutes
Price: $25.00

More info and tickets here:
https://www.melbournefringe.com.au/event/the-basement-tapes/

I.RYOKO TO PLAY MELBOURNE W/ THE CONVOY

September 8th, 2017

The Convoy & I.Ryoko

(dys/)utopian noise collective THE CONVOY will be joined in Melbourne by New Zealand label mate and drone wizard I.RYOKO for a rare performance in October.

Paving new paths into the landscape of experimental sound, the artists are united by their approach toward creating enveloping sonic structures which accumulate, regenerate and compound; shared and felt through visceral bodily experiences.

While their respective methods of sound production make for markedly different sound worlds – one activated by kinetic movement, the other grounded in electronic production – both approaches are energized by deep listening, an affinity for dense subsonic resonance and a will to communicate the ineffable.

EVENT DETAILS, TICKETS & SC DISCOUNT!

THURSDAY 12th OCTOBER @ THE TOFF w/ support tbc

Sonorous Circle with support from Magnet Studios are pleased to offer discounted tickets (1/2 price!) to this show! To snap yours up >follow this link< and enter the magic words: sonorouscircle

MORE INFO

I.Ryoko

I.RYOKO ( NZ ) explores cathartic, ecstatic & transcendental sound. Intuitive compositions of synth, samplers and voice seek to envelop the listener with immense, evolving drones and kaleidoscopic layers of rhythm and melody. The result is often lush and meditative, at times intense or cataclysmic.

The project is that of Thomas Lambert, a New Zealand-based artist with a background in composition, audio engineering, film and theatre sound.

RIYL: Oneohtrix Point Never, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Steve Reich, Stars of the Lid.

https://iryoko.bandcamp.com/

The Convoy

THE CONVOY ( MEL ) conducts vast luminous orchestral atmospheres by way of real-time processing of electric guitar and electro-acoustic percussives via ¼” tape.

Atmospheres immerse and envelop via abstracted, organic and mesmeric audio visual emissions. Here exists a static surface tension, perpetually and intimately comforting, only to be inevitably obliterated by sheer and momentous walls of noise.

www.insidetheconvoy.com

NEW RELEASE: THE CONVOY – HEH

July 24th, 2017

From Void, unbounded empty (w)hole
Divide, unravel and lift untold
Arcane structure, present form
Diversify in Unity

Sound, resound and resonate
In strength our voices fill our plates
Hyper-colour stories here translate
Transfigured destiny

Opening into altered other
Spectral offerings from Mother, Father
Level the world in travelling far beyond
Fissures in Harmony.”

So begins this epic album by THE CONVOY. 58 minutes of intense, dynamic and complex sound!

Conjured with electric guitar (Matt Faisandier), percussion & tape (Erin K Taylor), ‘not sax’ (Lloyd Honeybrook) & vocals (Carly Fern), Heh was recorded and refined in the resonant spaces of Magnet Studios in Melbourne. Immersion recommended!

For similarly entrancing visual stimulation, check their latest video by Scott McLachtlie (+ more here):

Further info at : www.insidetheconvoy.com and SC.

WELCOME NEW DAWN & MOTTE!!

July 21st, 2017

A big, belated welcome to NEW DAWN and MOTTE who have this year joined the collective!

New Dawn

NEW DAWN – THE DYING LIGHT

Canterbury drone queens, Anita Clark and Indira Force, combine forces on the first NEW DAWN release, The Dying Light.

As ‘Album of the Week’ on The Spinoff in January it was described as ambient soundscapes that are at once beautiful and harsh. If words like ‘textural’, ‘layered’ and ‘cosmic’ give you warm feelings, this five-track project should be emanating from your speakers ASAP.”

Listen here:


MOTTE – STRANGE DREAMS

Anita’s solo-project MOTTE – comprised of violin, loop & voice – is complemented on her album, Strange Dreams, with synth work by Indira.

The album was praised by Sunday Star Times reviewer Grant Smithies who wrote, “I’m smitten by this record… The six tracks here make sly references to traditional violin phrasing from folk music and gypsy jazz… It’s a burnished, hovering, ever-mutating sound, beautiful and anxious by turns.”

Listen here:


Both albums are available for digital download and on very limited edition cassette tape from our online store or from Death Ray Records in Newtown, Wellington.

You can also get Motte’s ‘Strange Dreams’ on vinyl thru Coco Muse Releases.

Thanks for reading, lots more soon!

NEW RELEASE: HAUNTS – ROOM 303 EP

May 23rd, 2017

Today we welcome a new member!

Haunts, aka Stephanie Engelbrecht, is a Wellington-based sound-designer and percussionist who kindly brings us a calming dose of ambient metallic tones in the form of her Room 303 EP. Listen here & download at will:

Room 303 is a reference to the home of Wellington’s two Indonesian Gamelan sets at the New Zealand School of Music, from which these sounds are sourced. More info on the incredible ensembles, Gamelan Padhang Moncar (Javanese) and Gamelan Taniwha Jaya (Balinese), at their website here.

For more info on Haunts check her page and for those of you in Wellington be sure to come along to the Pyramid Club on June 2nd for her release party with The Convoy (AU) & I.Ryoko!

THE CONVOY – NEW TRACK & VIDEO

May 20th, 2017

We are excited to share with you the first (and eponymous) track and accompanying video work from Melbourne-based experimental group The Convoy.

This marks the beginning of a journey of discrete and connected releases interlacing to form a larger album/work/narrative titled ‘Heh’.

“Atmospheres immerse and envelop via abstracted, organic and mesmeric audio visual emissions. Here exists a static surface tension, perpetually and intimately comforting, only to be inevitably obliterated by sheer and momentous walls of noise.”

The narrative continues with the next track, “Rainbow Bridge” due for release Wednesday the 31st May. The Convoy are supporting the album release with a NZ tour in June.

Listen here: theconvoy.bandcamp.com/album/heh
More information at: www.insidetheconvoy.com

THE CONVOY – AOTEAROA NZ TOUR, JUNE 2017

May 10th, 2017

In support of their upcoming album release The Convoy (Melbourne) bring their expansive, immersive & mesmeric audio visual emissions to NZ for 3 performances in June!

The Convoy

1st – Wellington @ Valhalla ( Noise Drone Repeat )
2nd – Wellington @ The Pyramid Club, (w/ Stephanie Engelbrecht & I.Ryoko)
4th – Auckland @ The Wine Cellar (Borderline Music Festival)

The Convoy prefigure a post-apocalyptic world where sound takes religious significance… harnessed as a form of meditation for the creators and a trance inducing prescription for a decimated populace.”

NEW VIDEO, LIVE RITUAL

With the recent addition of collaborator Erin K Taylor, The Convoy has expanded to include dynamic lighting systems, water gamelan, percussives & ¼” tape! Here’s a taste of what we may have in store:

More info at www.insidetheconvoy.com, Sonorous Circle & Facebook.

MAGNET MELBOURNE – SHOW REVIEW 01.04.17

April 26th, 2017

RYOSUKE KIYASU / CHANNELS / NOISECORKESTRA / ARI SHARP / OCTAVE PUSSY

Review by Will Tremain.

“It was the day of fools that Magnet hosted Japanese artist Ryosuke Kiyasu for a show as part of his DIY tour across Australia’s East Coast.

Kicking off the night, Channels went to work loosening the screws in our minds with avant garde performance art, keeping us all right on the brink of understanding what was actually happening. Ambient sci-fi-esque tones laid a backdrop to the show’s antics, consisting of operatic singing, spontaneous crying, and instructions for the most delicious pie ever. “What even was that?!” was a comment thrown out by an audience member – who also happened to be Channels.
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SETH FRIGHTENING CUTS LOOSE & LEAVES A NEW SONG!

April 23rd, 2017

BERLIN AHOY!

Sean Kelly, aka SETH FRIGHTENING, is moving to Germany this week!

While this marks the end of an era for New Zealand’s craftiest avant-folkster, more to the point it’s the start of a new one. We’ll miss him greatly but so too will we delight in the thought of his legendary talent sparking up the minds of searching souls on the flip side of the world.

NEW TRACK: RAIN IN APRIL

He begins with the release of a new track from his forthcoming album. As usual it’s personal, poetic & beautifully layered with unconventional instrumentation – all recorded, mixed and mastered by the dude himself. Listen here:

ATTENTION EUROPE!


If you’re in Europe, don’t be shy! This wonderful chap is in the market for friends, shows, tours, labels, management, possibly even a place to live? So please get in touch! (sethfrightening @ gmail dot com)

First show in Berlin this Sunday 30th April with WHITE WINGED MOTH (NZ), PAUL BEAUCHAMP (IT) & BLEEDINGBLACKWOOD.

www.sonorouscircle.com/sethfrightening
www.sethfrightening.bandcamp.com

SITE UPGRADE

March 25th, 2017

Hey y’all! Bear with me while I upgrade the site at long last. It’ll be developing bit by bit as time allows so please excuse any bugs and stay tuned for updates… Lots in store!!

Stars from NZ