Compilation of new New Zealand noise out today!
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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.
WEDNESDAY 16TH: I.RYOKO (2 sets) @ Golden Dawn. 9PM. Free Entry.
THURSDAY 17TH: Deerpark presents the finale of a four-part fortnightly showcase of electronic/experimental music at the Wine Cellar.
i.ryoko, ParkTapes, Deer Park, Christoph El Truento, Terracotta Cat and Ron Gallipoli
FRIDAY 18TH / SATURDAY 19TH: BORDERLINE FESTIVAL @ Whammy Bar & Wine Cellar
THURSDAY 17TH, SATURDAY 19TH & SUNDAY 20TH:
“Horacio Pollard is an overlooked genius of experimental noise” - Sound Projector
“Half English, half Argentine, Ibiza-born noise-eccentric, Horacio Pollard is an experimental musician, painter and video maker. Known for his visceral, spontaneous live shows, he often performs on vocals through half-broken guitar pedals….
Playing at Pyramid Club, Wellington, on Monday 14th April. 8PM. With:
i.ryoko - the solo project of Thomas Lambert (Sonorous Circle, Seth Frightening) psychedelic sound worlds.
Mukade - Chris Wratt on no input mixer/gongs/drums. Mukade began during Chris’ year-long stay in Osaka collaborating with Japanese noise musicians.”
900 - I.RYOKO
945 - TIGERS OF THE SEA
1030 - SHOCKING AND STUNNING
1115 - ALL SEEING HAND
1200 - E N T
1245 - BALLAH PLAYAH GNAR
0130ish - DJ CHOCO MOUSSE
TOUCAN BROWN, a musical home movie - here’s a lovely doco of Athuzela Brown’s tour of the South Island with Toucan Stubbs earlier this year. Made by Theo Taylor:
Loomio is a free and open-source, collaborative decision-making tool that could do wonders for the world, and it is currently being developed by some amazing people in Wellington. They’re running a crowd-funding campaign to raise development funds and have so far raised over $38,000 (with a goal of $100,000 and 22 days to go). Investigate, donate to a worthy cause and change the world for the better!
SHOW IN WELLINGTON THIS FRIDAY:
The show starts at 9.15 with i.ryoko - and short sets to fit in the five acts by midnight!
Poster by Lily Paris West
TIM PREBBLE - THE MUSIC OF SOUND:
This is a mini-documentary made by Wellington’s master sound-designer, Tim Prebble (with the help of cinematographer Ian Powell), made during his Auckland Regional Council residency at Little Huia. Tim also runs a reliably fascinating blog called The Music of Sound - worth a peruse!