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SONNY CRICKLE’S 2017 MELBOURNE BLOG #4

Wednesday, 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

Thursday, 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 #1

Wednesday, 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

Saturday, 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

Friday, 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

THE CONVOY – AOTEAROA NZ TOUR, JUNE 2017

Wednesday, 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

Wednesday, 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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A DEAD FOREST INDEX NZ TOUR 2017 W/ I.E.CRAZY & WOMB!

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

We are very excited to announce that A DEAD FOREST INDEX are returning to New Zealand for two shows in Auckland and Wellington this coming February!

ADFI NZ Tour 2017 poster

The expat brothers, Adam and Sam Sherry, perform starkly refined yet richly atmospheric arrangements of guitar, drums and voice – music aptly described as ‘potent’ and ‘compelling… an exercise in restraint and severity’.

Currently based in London, the duo have earned considerable international success in recent years. Extensive touring and collaborations with SAVAGES and CHELSEA WOLFE culminated in the 2016 release of their exemplary debut album, ‘In All That Drifts From Summit Down’. Released on the Sargent House label, the album sits comfortably alongside those of stalwart heavyweights like EARTH and BORIS.

Don’t miss these rare and intimate shows including two very special guests, I.E.CRAZY and WOMB!

I.E.CRAZY:
Claire Duncan sings captivating and cathartic, electric folk tales to tease the raw nerves of our national psyche and tell stories about ‘the neurotic horror of the banal… our repressed emotions and postcolonial amnesia’.

WOMB:
Sibling dream-folk trio from Wellington. “…the womb is the most sacred, safe place. It is warm, it is floating. Then the womb is also totally sexual, and red, and passionate. And finally, in some ways it is raw and frightening, this eerie zone of amniotic fluid, and then you’re pushed out, bloody, into the world.”


AUCKLAND – Whammy Bar – February 4th
WELLINGTON – Meow – February 11th

Tickets $15 from UTR.CO.NZ

http://www.adeadforestindex.com/
https://iecrazy.bandcamp.com/

THE ALL SEEING HAND – NEW ALBUM / VIDEO / TOUR!

Thursday, November 24th, 2016


Greg the skin-chicken covets his nest egg

It’s time for The All Seeing Hand’s annual season of mind-blowing musical town-hopping radical fun times! With a new album out on December 1st (listen below) the trio are embarking on a national tour (details below) and have released a twisted video for ‘Cro-Magnon Corp’:

“It’s a glimpse of the ways people are enticed to wilfully participate in an extractive nightmarish game by spreading fear about the consequences of not getting your foot on the “property ladder” and grabbing your very own nest egg before the basket is empty” – Ben Knight, in conversation with Vice.

The All Seeing Hand are easily one of the most exciting bands in the country and MUST be seen live for full effect. Check them out, ESPECIALLY with the glorious added bonus of Unsanitary Napkin and E-N-T!

“It’s an interesting time to be making music. The themes in Sand To Glass emerged as a reflection of the dystopian sociopolitical environment we’re faced with right now, but from a zoomed-out perspective that looks more at patterns than specific events; the emergence and normalisation of mass surveillance over the last few years, the rise of fear-mongering reality-TV stars as political leaders, all against backdrop of ravenous neoliberal capitalism extracting so much that the capacity of the Earth to sustain life is literally under threat. But at the same time the album conveys ecstatic optimism for transformation in resistance to destruction. It’s definitely more about asking questions than offering answers, but hope and imagination seem more important than ever…” –> Read more from this excellent UTR interview

SETH FRIGHTENING VIDEO & RETURN TO AUS

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Seth Frightening has released a pained & blood-stained new video/ live rendition of his song, Shoulder Blade, from his latest album, BWLOBAS.

The clip was filmed by Claire Duncan who also joins Sean for live performances – as pictured here playing the Newtown Festival on Sunday:


The duo also joined Lyttelton’s rising folkstar, Aldous Harding, on Saturday night and Sean will continue on with her tour to play in Sydney and Melbourne this week!

+++ SYDNEY & MELBOURNE can check out Seth Frightening & I.E.Crazy at SAD BY SADWEST FESTIVAL in April!!! +++