Posts Tagged ‘i.ryoko’
Thanks to Samuel Flynn Scott and the lovely folks at Radio New Zealand‘s Music 101 for putting this together and broadcasting it to the nation! Featuring interviews with Womb, Paperghost and I.Ryoko. Stream below.
Charlotte Forrester, aka Womb
“Record labels are machines of hype, or at least they used to be. Some labels seem to exist for more esoteric reasons. Bring the right music together under the same label and strange alchemy can happen. Samuel Scott certainly found that to be the case at Sonorous Circle.”
Want more? Check out Music 101 for their amazing range of new music insights!
FTP is a recently-defunct gallery space and venue in Auckland. This is their compilation originally released on cassette alongside a publication of the same name. Cover cop drawing by Dylan John Scott. Tracklisting below!
RON GALLIPOLI – Stranglewek
ORLANDO FURIOUS – Egypt
PAUL BLANCHARD – Sonnet #38
I.E. CRAZY – An Incident on the Edge of Town (Live)
SAMIN SON – Running Drum Jump & Through
JOY DISEASE – Hang Yourself
DIANA TRIBUTE – Softly
PARK TAPES – Shimmer
NEO-WACO – Hammer from the Skies
SETH FRIGHTENING – We Hate You (But We Love Our Brothers and Sisters)
WET NURSES OF SODOM – Dross and Blackwater
HUF & BROWN – Trying Not to Think (Live)
DICK WHYTE – The Dark
I.RYOKO – The Mountebank
MAD OPAL – Take It
KRAUS – Can She Excuse My Wrongs
SKYMNING – October
BLANK TAPES – Satanloves
E.N.T. – Playa Policia
SAMUEL LONGMORE – Take 14
Orchestra of Spheres
Orchestra of Spheres embark this very day for the shores of Iceland and the Airwaves Festival, and as a fundraiser for the trip they filled the coolest vacant building in the city (pending demolition) with art and music! Way to go.
The Albemarle (rear view)
Gerard Crewdson and Jeff Henderson
Radical Sklenarbirds! By Erica Sklenars / Lady Lazer Light
Live painting by Treefrog Sanders
Nathan Taare zone
Although this party was so expansive I couldn’t document it all, there are MANY MORE PHOTOS HERE! >> (more…)
Compilation of new New Zealand noise out today!
Tonight (Friday) begins the audio-visual mini-fest, Exploded Cinema, at Wellington’s Film Archive, Nga Taonga. Starts at 7 and over by 9!
6.30 doors / 7.00 Oona Verse and Lady Lazer Light / 7.40 Samin Son and Yousuke Fuyama / 8.20 i.ryoko
6.30 doors / 7.00 Antony Milton / 7.40 Sign of the Hag / 8.20 Noel Meek and Olivia Webb
Thanks to John Heighes, aka Milky Joe, for putting together this compilation featuring Wellington favourites Ballah Playah Gnar, The All Seeing Hand, Orchestra of Spheres, I.Ryoko, Douglas Lilburn, Mr Sterile Assembly, The Golden Awesome, John White and MORE!
“Mixed by Milky Joe for The Society for the Promotion of A Fantastic Way of Life… Headphone listening recommended… With only a couple of exceptions this is a Wellington-centric mix, and represents a very small sample of the fantastic, extra-ordinary, implausible, astonishing, surprising, improbable, unlikely, incredible, unbelievable, shocking and Microsoft Word Synonym function worthy music being made here in Wellington, Aotearoa.”
A video for i.ryoko’s ‘Future Window II’ by Tristan Brooks, featuring footage and field recordings taken in Guiyang and Shanghai, China in 2013.
And some more photos from the i.ryoko Audio Foundation residency. These ones are from February 28th, taken at the Acoustics Centre at the University of Auckland. Many thanks to the acoustics technician, Gian Schmid, for facilitating my visit.
Sounds geeks marvel at this impressive two-level reverb chamber with rotating diffusers!
The anechoic chamber is designed to have no sound reflections at all. The room itself is isolated on rubber from the rest of the building on all six sides to stop sounds travelling through the walls from outside, and the large foam spikes are designed for maximum internal sound absorption, making this the closest to silence one can get, right in the centre of Auckland city! I had the luxury of being left in here alone and didn’t want to leave, such was the profound and calming effect of silence that is sadly absent from our noisy world!
You can hear a recording of this silence at the end of the album > iryoko.bandcamp.com/album/opening
This album was created predominantly in early 2014 when I was the Artist in Residence at the Audio Foundation in Myers Park, Auckland. Further arrangement and recording done at SCHQ, Newtown, Wellington. Available now to listen/ download and pay what you like. Limited edition cassettes will be available at live performances.
Review thanks to Alex Mitcalfe Wilson (cargocollective.com/retaildisplay) :
“I.Ryoko is Thomas Lambert’s longest-running musical project, a musical identity that has evolved through his deep involvement with independent music and sonic art over many years. Imbued with thought and care, I.Ryoko’s latest album, Opening, is a polished suite of nine recordings that showcase Lambert’s signature juxtaposition of synthetic and recorded sound with his own nuanced voice. The overall mood is both energetic and insistent, its assemblage of sounds challenging the listener and demanding their full attention.
Each of the album’s parts is arranged with a keen attention to rhythm, narrative and flow that is rare in abstract music; their striking sonic contrasts arranged with a singular dedication to the construction of an emergent, collective whole. The tracks oscillate between swollen, overlapping tonal peaks and rigorous, stripped-back arrangements that resonate in empty time.
Throughout Opening, Lambert’s control of soundscape is elegant and light-handed. Mixing each of its tracks for the maximum of sonic richness and emotional impact, he created an album that follows in the strongest traditions of exploratory electronic music while taking stock of the latest possibilities of digital sound. Opening is, at all of its diverse moments, an immersive listening experience that demands attention, constantly reminding the listener of its composer’s expertise and his drive to tell the stories of our world.”
I cringe every time I hear John Key refer to the ‘Mum & Dad investors’ who will supposedly benefit from the privatisation of New Zealand’s national assets and I am borderline disgusted at the volume of media coverage given to these overrated royal appendages on their recent ‘tour’ of the country, so it’s nice to see art like this around the streets making light of the situation!
It’s true ‘Her Majesty the Queen’ owns alot of land in NZ because her ancestors employees colonised the country over 174 years ago, but I struggle to understand why her grandson and his family coming to visit should be the leading story for almost every news outlet for six days running! Anyway…
These photos are from another show at FTP gallery on New North Road, Auckland, Sunday 19th April. Huge thanks to FTP for having me play & stay!
i.ryoko > Listen. This photo thanks to Joon Yang & UTR.
Kraus & Liam > kraus.co.nz
Huf > Listen
Diana Tribute (continuing with the royal theme)
After a mad long weekend it was definitely time for some loungey cat times in front of the fire, with soup! (Thanks dudes!)
Huf the dude and Didge the Cat.