HANNO LEICHTMANN IN NZ

April 2nd, 2018

Hanno Leichtman

Hanno Leichtmann is a Romanian-born German sound-artist currently in Aotearoa as the Artist in Residence at the Goethe Institute. His sound is “emblematic of a wave of minimalist, cerebral electronic music” echoing the work of seminal composers such as Steve Reich and Terry Riley.

If that’s your thang have a listen below & catch it live at one of the following shows if you can!

AUCKLAND – 6th April
@ Audio Foundation w/ Sam Longmore ( get tickets )

WELLINGTON – 14th April
@ Pyramid Club w/ Droszkhi

WORKS FOR LOUDSPEAKERS 14 (SUMMER, 2018)

January 31st, 2018

Another great WFLS compilation is out thanks to curator Emi Pogoni. Listen here:

This one features Emi Pogoni, Indira Force (New Dawn, Indi), Nathan Taare (E.N.T), Erin K. Taylor (The Convoy) & Thomas Arbor (I.Ryoko), Alexa Casino, Sam Longmore, Jon Panther & Dan Haines.

For those unaware, Works for Loudspeakers is a seasonal listening event held in various Wellington venues and at the Audio Foundation in Auckland. Get in touch if you would like to submit a work for performance. Previous compilations can be heard here > https://wfls.bandcamp.com

TOI PŌNEKE/NZSM SOUND ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE: OLIVIA WEBB & FLO WILSON

January 20th, 2018

Wellington-based sound artists, Olivia Webb and Flo Wilson, have been collaborating over the past two months as part of the Toi Pōneke Arts Centre & New Zealand School of Music’s Sound Art residency program.

Their joint exhibition, Attunement, “features new sound and performance works that explore the voice and identity.”

In addition to this, the artists will be holding two free public workshops “focussing on modes of attunement and embodied listening” (2pm, 22nd & 29th January).

“These participatory sessions will explore ideas of attunement, and include a series of deep listening exercises. Participants will explore ways that sound and their own voice can be used as a tool to understand other people, places, and environments…”

“We think listening is a crucial response to the habits within Western culture that privilege speech and being heard over listening to and receiving others.“

The workshops are around 2-hours long and will include an afternoon tea. All welcome!

Check it out in the Toi Pōneke public gallery – 61/69 Abel Smith Street, Wellington.

https://toiponeke.nz/events/2018/1/22/sound-art-residency-public-workshop

THE CONVOY – LIVE RECORDING

January 13th, 2018

Released today, The Convoy, from their Transmission Party at Magnet Melbourne in July 2017. Slow-building washes of percussion, guitar & 1/4″ tape:

“…Tides of distant, thunderous drum swelled and receded while ominous guitar ambience gave voice to a world awakening. Soundscapes were endowed with a kind of sentience that spoke themes of cyclic evolution and regeneration, varied waves of intensity growing exponentially, each time returning as if a new incarnation, born from the eroded memory of sections before…” (Will Tremain)

NEW RELEASE: SUMS & COLLISIONS #1

November 17th, 2017

Sums & Collisions is a new experimental series by Sonorous Circle to feature rare or one-off collaborations.

The first in the series is FIR·MA·MENT, a video by TRISTAN J BROOKS, filmed in Israel, Iran and Turkey, with music edited from an improvisation between Esoterror, I.RYOKO & Matt Faisandier (of THE CONVOY) in Wellington, NZ. Watch here & read on for Brooks’ ideas behind the video…

“This work is compiled of footage I took during a trip to the Middle East – from Israel, Iran and Turkey. Two interlinked threads guide this video. First, a personal fascination with mysticism that drove me to the Middle East – a mysticism that is now largely concealed in the Middle East, buried under politics. I grew up Catholic. Spending time in Hiruharama (Jerusalem) up the Whanganui river living with the Sisters of Compassion when my mother died resurrected my youth’s fascination with biblical mysticism, but in a darker way (through grief). This resurrection created a connection with the Middle Eastern Jerusalem, and a curiosity to seek out mysticism in the flesh. Jerusalem became a pilgrimage of sorts for me.”

“On arrival, I found that the Middle East’s current soul is almost an antithesis to the mystic nature of its recorded past. It is a medley of lifestyles, passion and emotional connections that is blanketed by monoist theocratic/political governments. Looking over the footage on my return, the political gravity/bleakness was almost too overt. I wanted to draw out, and play with, the grandiose of faith, ideologies and mysticism that still underhandedly rests in the Middle East’s belly. So second, I drew on the montage and discontinuous editing techniques from early Russian film theorists Sergei Eisenstein and Lev Kuleshov. Eisenstein and Kuleshov recognised that the meaning of an image/video is derived from the images/videos surrounding it. When moving images are placed in a string of uncontextual narratives, especially a moving image with its Hegelian antithesis, complex and twisted meanings (or Hegelian Syntheses) can emerge. I hoped that stringing together my footage in Eisenstein and Kuleshov’s shadow would provide space for both its mysticism to seep through, and to confuse regular narratives conveyed about the Mid-East.”Tristan J Brooks

SONNY CRICKLE’S 2017 MELBOURNE BLOG #4

November 8th, 2017

THE CONVOY… BECAUSE WE DON’T KNOW WHAT IT IS YET

THE CONVOY are playing a festival at this amazing spot in the Dandenong Ranges outside Melbourne this weekend!

We got a chance to check the place out a few weeks ago – here’s some pics & further info:

Birdsland is a 75 hectare bushland reserve supporting native birds and plants. It’s also home to the Southern Dandenong Community Nursery and some community buildings & gardens.


The festival, HILLSCENELIVE, is “dedicated to supporting artists who take juicy risks, ask big questions, and make bold statements with their work”. Across the weekend it will feature an epic variety of sound, art, dialogue & workshops based around the theme ‘Because we don’t know what it is yet’… check the full schedule on their website.

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SONNY CRICKLE’S 2017 MELBOURNE BLOG #3

October 12th, 2017

THE MAKE IT UP CLUB

This week I went to the long-running improvised sound night, the Make It Up Club, at Bar Open. It’s been running every Tuesday for almost 20 years!!! Saw a couple bands with great names – INTRINSIC LIGHT, and SACRED ORDER OF MAGNITUDE – the latter pictured here:

Sacred Order of Magnitude

SHOW TONIGHT! I.RYOKO, THE CONVOY & DOWSER

There’ll be tourist photos galore in the next week or so but today I’ve been preparing for the fast-approaching show, at The Toff in Town TONIGHT! (Thursday) > Tickets here!!! < Please tell all your sound-loving Melbourne pals : )

THE CONVOY

THE CONVOY got a review of their album, ‘Heh’, on Echoes and Dust this week that said of their music: “It’s such a gorgeous embrace of all living things happening around us. With soundscapes that drone into infinity and elements that engage you. I can’t stress this enough, this is the music everyone needs in their lives.” (-Anthony Cooley)

It’s good advice. I certainly felt better after being treated to some deeeeeep sonics from these two! Here’s Matt & Erin troubleshooting a squeely tape machine a couple nights ago:

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SONNY CRICKLE’S 2017 MELBOURNE BLOG #2

October 5th, 2017

Gonna be posting mostly photos here, beginning with the obligatory plane shots departing NZ:

Marlborough Sounds, NZ

From here it’s all Melbourne. Every night before the show we’d have to hang in the alleyway outside the venue waiting for the other show to finish. One night I struck up a conversation outside with the venue manager who thought I was a homeless guy and asked if I was sleeping rough! Fair call.

This is Stella ‘the grand-daughter’ and Joe ‘the pizza guy’ listening to Arj Barker‘s set from the cheap seats outside the Lithuanian Club:

Jason ‘the lighting designer’ and Joe on their 21st Century anti-boredom inputs

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SONNY CRICKLE’S 2017 MELBOURNE BLOG #1

October 4th, 2017

Posted by Thomas Lambert

Two weeks in Australia has flown by in what feels like no time at all and the Melbourne Fringe season of The Basement Tapes is now complete!

Stella Reid in The Basement Tapes
Stella Reid in The Basement Tapes, Arts House Warehouse

We had a great response from audiences here, receiving a nomination for best performance at the festival, moving numerous people to tears and scaring many more!

As one reviewer put it, “the story really burrows its way into your mind and then begins to play tricks on you in a truly terrifying theatrical experience.“ Another called it “an intriguing – at times, frightening – piece of theatre that’s expertly delivered.”

A huge thankyou to everyone who has supported this project – and to Stella Reid, Jason Longstaff, Jane Yonge and Joe Wright for being the coolest colleagues and travel buddies!

Stella's preshow warmup
Stella’s preshow warmup

I’m lucky to be hanging back for another couple weeks to play some shows (as I.Ryoko) and immerse myself in the incredible space that is Magnet.

More to follow!

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/