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/

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!