Posts Tagged ‘The Convoy’

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

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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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

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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

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.

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

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.

AF RESIDENCY / PIHA ADVENTURE!

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

These photos were taken in Piha on February 20th during the i.ryoko Audio Foundation residency. Many thanks to the lovely Rosa Kim for hosting the beautiful adventure!

PIHA
Rosa & Matt on Lion Rock

PIHA
Looking down from Lion Rock

PIHA
Kite Kite Falls

PIHA

PIHA

PIHA

PIHA
Remains of a great felled behemoth

PIHA
Cyborg bus-rider

AUDIO FOUNDATION / I.RYOKO RESIDENCY PICS PT1

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Unfortunately the i.ryoko residency at the Audio Foundation has now come to an end! What a joyous time, I wish it could have gone on longer! Thanks so much to Zoe, Chris and Jeff at the Audio Foundation, and all who attended the shows and/or had chats and inspired me while I was there.

So begins the recap – starting with these video stills taken from the show in the AF stairwell on Wednesday 19th Feb, 2014 featuring Duncan Bruce, Sally McIntyre (Radio Cegeste), Matt Faisandier (The Convoy) and Thomas Lambert (i.ryoko). Video shot by Zoe Drayton.

DUNCAN BRUCEDuncan Bruce


Matt Faisandier (The Convoy)


Sally McIntyre (Radio Cegeste)


Thomas Lambert (i.ryoko)


Audio and video on the way…

AUDIO FOUNDATION RESIDENCY SHOW #1

Monday, February 17th, 2014

AF Residency Show #1

In Auckland at the mo? i.ryoko has a lovely, reverberant, 3-storey stairwell at his disposal, if you’re interested – should be fun! I will be joined by two talented friends from as far as Dunedin and Australia, plus a mystery guest. Attend at will – all welcome. More shows to be announced soon as part of my residency which continues until March 2nd. Stay tuned. Huge thanks to the Audio Foundation, Matt Faisandier and Sally McIntyre for being extremely excellent!

sonorouscircle.com/iryoko
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www.audiofoundation.org.nz