THOMAS ARBOR

BIO:

Thomas Arbor is an audio-visual artist, sound-designer and writer with an interest in progressive politics.

Currently based in Aotearoa New Zealand.

AKA I.Ryoko, Sonny Crickle, Patchy Drizzle & Thomas Lambert.

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ELSEWHERE:

Bandcamp | Soundcloud | Twitter

CONTACT:

thomasarboraudio[AT]gmail[DOT]com

GALLERY

TWEET FEAST

CURRENT

THE BASEMENT TAPES SEASON 5: EDINBURGH

Thanks to those who donated to the Boosted campaign Stella and Jason were able to travel to Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival & show the fifth season of The Basement Tapes, 29 times in a single month at Summerhall!

Awards were won (Fringe First & Best Performance), shows were sold out & people had many nice things to say, including the following reviews:

“…superb use of the basement space at Summerhall, maximising its potential for claustrophobia and intimacy.”The Stage, UK

“Static builds, rattling and roaring. Thomas Lambert’s sound design adds almost imperceptible layers to the haunting – or, layers you don’t notice until it’s far too late. The lighting is subtle – until a fuse has blown, and you’re alone in the dark with a disembodied voice asking more questions than anyone could answer. As the line between reality, memory and… something else… becomes blurrier, you’ll be grateful if you’re sat with your back against the wall.”The Skinny, UK

Next up, Perth! Jan/Feb 2019

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THE BASEMENT TAPES SEASON 4: AUCKLAND

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It’s always a pleasure putting on this show, and it’s even better getting to go on tour with the co-creators!! The Auckland season starts tonight at Basement Theatre. Attend at will!

★★★★1/2 – Melbourne Age
★★★★1/2 – Sydney Morning Herald

“Totally engaging. A must-see production” – Ewen Coleman, Stuff.co.nz

“Eerie, thrilling and totally engrossing” – Theatreview

“Winner of Director of the Year (Jane Yonge) and nominated for both Production of the Year and Outstanding Performer of the Year (Stella Reid) at the 2017 Wellington Theatre Awards, The Basement Tapes makes its way to Basement Theatre following two sell-out seasons in Wellington and a critically acclaimed stint at the 2017 Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Following her Grandmother’s death, a girl faces the overwhelming task of clearing out the basement. She discovers a series of tapes with recordings made by her Grandmother. However, as the girl hears these tapes for the first time, things start to unravel as waves of secrets and memories are confessed. But is the Grandmother a reliable narrator? Is the girl any more trustworthy?

Inspired by podcasts and Canadian theatre-maker Robert Lepage’s comment that radio is the most visual medium, this part audio work, part live performance brings the past into the present through mixed media. As the granddaughter hears these tapes for the first time, both audience and performer fight not to drown among the waves of secrets and memories in the basement.”

Winner: Outstanding Performance – Stella Reid (NZ Fringe Festival 2017)
Winner: Director of the Year – Jane Yonge (Wellington Theatre Awards 2017)
Winner: Melbourne Fringe Tour Ready Award (NZ Fringe Festival 2017)

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SONNY CRICKLE’S 2017 MELBOURNE BLOG #4

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

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

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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