Archive for the ‘Releases’ Category

THE ALL SEEING HAND SINGLE RELEASE / SAM LONGMORE RESIDENCY BEGINS

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

ALL SEEING HAND NEW SINGLE – ROYAL OIL

“‘Royal Oil’ is the first single to be released from the All Seeing Hand’s forthcoming album ‘Syntax Error’; it tempts you to buy the seductive tale of off planet resource exploitation and the infinite abundance achievable for those visionaries with the power to make it happen.”

“We live in a time where a satellite disco ball joins the carcass of a car as decorations for our planet’s aura. Corporates and lawyers are exporting capitalism out to engulf all space, asserting flags of greed and vanity are the natural order, already flying in places as yet unreached.

Although the story is bleak, we are left with a melodic line that doesn’t sing this false ecology; with ears open we can sing to the stars with hope, we can transform our egos to embrace a future full of explorers of wonder and humility.

We are living a Syntax Error. The Program is broken. Let us take this opportunity to change the code.”

Full album out August 1st + Aotearoa tour begins 27th July! > Get tickets here <


SAM LONGMORE’S MELBOURNE RESIDENCY HAS BEGUN!

Our current Artist in Residence at Magnet Melbourne, Sam Longmore (NZ), is kindly offering us an insight to his thoughts & working process through a daily blog entry. > Follow it here <


The Cave/ Bunker at Magnet Melbourne

http://sonorouscircle.com/artists/samlongmore/

Sam Longmore Melbourne Residency, Works for Loudspeakers, All Seeing Hand announce new album and more…

Saturday, July 7th, 2018

Hello friends! Our approaching 10th birthday has provided much impetus to get busy – there are lots of exciting announcements here and plenty more to come! Here goes…

Sonorous Circle & Magnet Studios Artist in Residence 2018: Sam Longmore

Sonorous Circle and Magnet Studios are pleased to announce the first eponymous Artist in Residence program featuring Auckland-based sonic artist Sam Longmore.

With a fundamentally timbral approach to live performance, Longmore’s works tease subtle differences from dense clusters of processed field recordings and pure tones. Manipulations of volume and delicate shifts in pitch immerse listeners, evolving with focused precision. In doing so, Longmore frequently places ‘traditional’ techniques of drone- and noise-music in relation to the popular, pleasing sonics explored online under the umbrella, ‘ASMR’.

At a general level of concept, his work seeks to emphasise the manner in which acoustic and environmental contexts influence listening experiences, while also highlighting the corporeal nature of audition through the manipulation of pitches at the limits of hearing.

Over the course of his two weeks in residence, Longmore will develop a site-specific, quadraphonic composition to be premiered in Magnet’s Spatial Studio on the 21st July.

Also performing on the night will be Erin K Taylor and Dale Gorfinkel & Friends.

https://www.facebook.com/events/215827849235602/

Sam’s visit is proudly supported by the New Zealand Music Commission Outward Sound scheme.


Callout – Works For Loudspeakers No. 16 – (Winter, 2018)

Works For Loudspeakers is a quarterly listening party – founded by Emi Pogoni in 2014 – showcasing emerging and established composers. Every edition is different, and curated to give a platform for non-performative, sound-based composition – music that would usually not have a public outlet.

In this spirit, Sonorous Circle welcomes composers – emerging and established, local and otherwise – to submit sound-based compositions of 3-10 minutes duration (.wav/.aif) to be played in friendly, close-listening environments in Auckland and Wellington (event details below).

If you would like to submit a piece or would like more information, please email us at worksforloudspeakers@gmail.com and/or stream/download the archive here > https://wfls.bandcamp.com/.

Submissions due: 9am 22nd July 2018


The All Seeing Hand Join the Circle & Announce Upcoming Album & Tour

The All Seeing Hand are excited to announce the upcoming release of their new album Syntax Error and their joining of the Sonorous Circle collective.

Syntax Error is an album reflecting the cognitive dissonance of this very real dystopian future that we are presently in. The tracks explore some of the contradictions that coexist in this complex moment, where seemingly all truths claim a capital T, and both the virtual and physical world are becoming a manifestation of a troubled mind.

But with contradiction there is also hope, a striving for a new truth that recognises multiple voices; there is meditation, mediation, and reflection; there are communities navigating healing and growth; a troubled mind seeks peace.

Syntax Error, the fifth album from The All Seeing Hand, will be released on August 1st. Stay tuned for a single release and NZ tour dates in the coming weeks! Til then get primed on their previous releases > https://the-all-seeing-hand.bandcamp.com/

Thanks for listening! Talk soon : )

WORKS FOR LOUDSPEAKERS 14 (SUMMER, 2018)

Wednesday, 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

THE CONVOY – LIVE RECORDING

Saturday, 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

Friday, 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

NEW RELEASE: THE CONVOY – HEH

Monday, 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!!

Friday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Saturday, 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

SETH FRIGHTENING CUTS LOOSE & LEAVES A NEW SONG!

Sunday, 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