Past Events

March Refraction


Featuring:

ANONYMEYE (bris)

TEXTILE AUDIO

MIKE MAJKOWSKI

CASPAR JEFFREY & SHAUN PREMNATH

7.30pm, Wednesday 2nd March, 2011

Serial Space

33 Wellington Ave, Chippendale

Entry by donation

 

ANONYMEYE (bris)

Anonymeye, the nom de plume of Andrew Tuttle from Brisbane, Australia,
reimagines post-Federation Australia and secessionist micronation movements within a search engine generated abstract musical Esperanto. Utilising electronic and acoustic instrumentation including acoustic guitar, signal processing, synthesisers, and effects units, Tuttle’s creative output under the Anonymeye guise straddles and blurs boundaries between improvisation and composition, experimentation and song-form, rural landscapes and urban constructions and melody and dissonance.

http://anonymeye.wordpress.com/

http://www.myspace.com/anonymeye

TEXTILE AUDIO

Between ambient electronica and classical music lies Textile Audio, a project by operatic mezzo soprano and electronic musician Eve Klein. Working with scores, field recordings, and operatic-pop composite vocals to weave rich melodic soundscapes and textures this music is unashamedly romantic.

http://www.textileaudio.com/

http://www.myspace.com/textileaudio

MIKE MAJKOWSKI

Mike Majkowski is a double bassist working in the broad field of improvised/exploratory music as a performer, collaborator and organiser.  Solo work has been a particular focus of his since 2008, where he investigates how the use of refined self-devised extended techniques develops the sound and style of the work. Other projects include: Roil (with Chris Abrahams + James Waples), Blip (with Jim Denley), Strike (with Jon Rose + Clayton Thomas) and the Splinter Orchestra

www.myspace.com/mikemajkowski

CASPAR JEFFREY & SHAUN PREMNATH

Caspar Jeffrey is a Sydney based Indian percussionist. After a trip to India in 2004, he picked up a Tabla and since been trained in northern Indian, Hindustani, classical music. Caspar will collaborate with Shaun Premnath, fellow Indian musician to showcase a fusion of contemporary and traditional rhythmic styles, with an emphasis on improvisation.

Refraction is proudly supported by Sound Travellers and assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
Graphics by Jade Cantwell

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November Refraction

Featuring:

A M B R O S E  C H A P E L (BRIS)

L O O P S N A K E

B L A K E   F R E E L E

L U K E  B A C O N

7.30pm, Sunday 27th November 2010
Serial Space
33 Wellington St, Chippendale
Entry by donation

A M B R O S E  C H A P E L

Ambrose Chapel is a new music project by Ian Rogers (No Anchor). Forged in the sweltering spare rooms of Brisbane summers, Ambrose Chapel finds Rogers exploring new sounds, production techniques and modes of performance. The results are epic in design and structure, taking the ominous bass experiments of his doom metal band No Anchor and marrying them to someone else’s more sophisticated and tranquil palate.

http://ambrosechapeldestroysyou.blogspot.com/

L O O P S N A K E

Andrew Maxam doesn’t get out much. Instead he makes music. Brought up on his mother’s new age records and his father’s gutter blues, now he makes music that pretty much doesn’t sound like that at all. For one it’s pretty electronic, usually with a lot of bass and a lot of space. He gets compared to all sorts of dope shit, like Baths, Flying Lotus and James Blake. He’s made remixes for the local heavyweights, like Seekae, Faux Pas, Collarbones and Bon Chat, Bon Rat. So check out his beats, there’s a bunch of stuff on his website that you can download for free.

www.loopsnake.com
http://www.soundcloud.com/loopsnake
http://www.myspace.com/loopsnake

B L A K E   F R E E L E

Mapping and reconsidering terrain traversed by contemporaries such as Ben Frost and Pimmon, Blake’s work ranges from vast and spacious drones to rhythmically driven electronic compositions, married with often intensely processed guitar improvisations. A dark sequence of drones, frequencies and cinematic sweeps, laced with anxiety, restlessness and paranoia. A semi-conscious journey into the dark world of sleep paralysis.

myspace.com/blakefreele

L U K E   B A C O N

Luke Bacon is a Sydney based sound artist with a background in Marimba and percussion. Influences are World of Echo and Easy Jesus so expect dub-delay, over drive, and long dark drones. Luke has performed in many incarnations around Sydney including on Cockatoo Island with Kirin J Callinan, playing replica organ and loop pedals, and with John Connell as Indian Ocean for Radio National’s Quiet Space.

http://luke-bacon.bandcamp.com/

Refraction is proudly supported by Sound Travellers and assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
Graphics by Jade Cantwell


October Refraction

Featuring:
T H E   G H O S T   O F   2 9   M E G A C Y C L E S  (MELB)
J O E L  S T E R N (BRIS)
A T H R O C Y C L E
R E U B E N   H O L T

7.30pm, Wednesday 27th October 2010

Serial Space

33 Wellington St, Chippendale

Entry by donation

T H E   G H O S T   O F   2 9   M E G A C Y C L E S  (MELB)
The Ghost of 29 Megacycles is a minimalist shoegaze project currently based in Melbourne. The band released their debut album, Love via Paper Planes on Sydney label Sound and Fury Records to critical acclaim. Their follow up mini album The Hummingbird Dream continues to explore their unique ambient sounds and abstract songwriting.
http://www.myspace.com/theghostof29megacycles

J O E L   S T E R N (BRIS)
Joel Stern is a performer and producer of experimental music & sound, performing regularly both solo and in collaboration with a wide variety of artists around the world. Joel’s performance collaboration with filmmaker Sally Golding, as Abject Leader, has seen the duo widely recognised as Australia’s premier exponents of contemporary expanded cinema.
http://www.abjectleader.org/
http://www.myspace.com/joelstern

A T H R O C Y C L E
Athrocycle is a new collaborative project of Andrew Voet and Nick Beeby. Both have produced an expanse of eclectic electronic music and visual art both together and seperately for over 10 years. As Athrocycle they explore the potentials of chaos and the unexpected using circuit bent hardware and digital sound design, with a gameboy thrown in for good measure.
http://www.myspace.com/microstrobus
http://www.myspace.com/circuitsatanic

R E U B E N   H O L T
Reuben Holt is an emerging sound artist, musician and composer. His live performance will combine pastiche and found sounds with  sonic accompaniment. He is currently completing a Bachelor of Sound and Music Design and International Studies at UTS.

Refraction is proudly supported by Sound Travelers and assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
Graphics by Jade Cantwell


Refraction @ Electrofringe

featuring:

B E N   B Y R N E (MELB)
I A N   &  O L I V E R  P I E T E R S E
E M I L Y   M C D A N I E L
R I C K Y   P A N N O W I T Z

3.00pm, Saturday 2nd October 2010
Renew Newcastle Headquarters
3 Morgan St, Newcastle, NSW

B E N   B Y R N E

Ben Byrne is an artist, musician, curator, researcher, tutor and writer whose work traverses musical performance and improvisation, installation, composition, radiophonics and sound theory.

I A N   &  O L I V E R   P I E T E R S E

Ian and Oliver combine Baritone Sax and Electric Bass in a digitally enhanced low-end synthesis. The result is an enveloping mix of unnerving rumblings and harsh pulsating tones. With an emphasis on improvisation, they create sounds that build into complex and expansive soundscapes.’ Oliver is currently completing his BA Media Arts and Production at UTS.

E M I L Y   M C D A N I E L

Emily McDaniel is a Sydney based artist and electronic musician who dabbles in performance, installation and radiophonic work. Her live performances see her create an ephemeral wash of sound, channelling sonic spirituality as she bends and sculpts sounds into shape. Emily is currently completing her BA Media Arts and Production at UTS.

R I C K Y   P A N N O W I T Z

Ricky Pannowitz is a Sydney based composer/producer/media artist with a strong grounding in technology. He is currently finishing his master’s degree in Media Art Production at UTS.

Refraction is proudly supported by Sound Travellers and assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

http://www.electrofringe.net/2010/
http://thisisnotart.org/


September Refraction

Featuring:
O S C A R   V I C E N T E  S L O R A C H – T H O R N (MELB)
S C I S S O R   L O C K
G E N T L E F O R C E
R O S I   T U C K   &   S A R A  M I T C H E L

7.30pm, Tuesday 21st September 2010
Serial Space
33 Wellington St, Chippendale
Entry by donation

 

O S C A R   V I C E N T E   S L O R A C H – T H O R N (MELB)

Oscar uses a combination of analogue and digital hardware to create a feeling of magic realism and epiphany. using mainly voice and tape loops, which are meticulously worked over. He collaborates with a range of artists, Witness girl, Cougar Flashy, Marcus whale and Martin King.

http://www.myspace.com/oscarvincenteslorachthorn4

S C I S S O R   L O C K

Scissor Lock is a music project of Marcus Whale concerned with deconstructing and reorganising the voice and other instruments with digital and analogue processing techniques. “Broken English”, an album of voice, electronics and processing was released in July 2010 on HellosQuare recordings.

http://www.myspace.com/scissor0lock

G E N T L E F O R C E

Gentleforce is Eli Murray, a Sydney based music composer and illustrator. In sonic realms Eli is interested in building imaginary sound worlds that the listener is encouraged to explore and get lost in. Through the use of computer processing Eli uses field recordings, sound textures and instruments to create a atmosphere that is felt just as much as heard. More info and works can be seen/heard at his blog at:

http://gentleforce.angrypixel.org/ www.myspace.com/gentleforcemusic

R O S I   T U C K  &  S A R A  M I T C H E L

Rosi Tuck and Sara Mitchel are currently completing their BA in Media Arts and Production at the University of Technology, Sydney. They’ll be joining forces this Refraction to meld spine tingling organic structures with offensive overtones. Expect the unexpected.

We are proudly supported by touring arts organisation, Sound Travellers. Refraction is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
Graphics by Jade Cantwell


August Refraction

Featuring:
3 O F M I L L I O N S
H I N T E R L A N D T
R E U B E N I N G A L L (ACT)
A N A L O G D I V I S I O N
7pm, Friday 27th August
Bon Marche Studio,
UTS
 755 Harris St,
Ultimo
$5/$10 at the door

3 O F M I L L I O N S

3ofmillions began in early 2008, after years of duo playing between Adrian Klumpes (piano/voice/live electronics) and Abel Cross (bass/voice/live electronics), with the addition of a percussive element – the youthful energy of Finn Ryan (drums/percussion). The band has received critical acclaim for their released recordings, the EP Golden Calf brought out on the electro-experimentral label ‘hellosQuare’, followed by the album Immediate on their record label ‘Space Dairy’. After spending time as artists in residence at Arthur and Yvonne Boyd’s Bundanon, 3ofmillions have been busy in the studio crafting their second album ‘Abstruction’ which is scheduled for release early in 2011. Brave turns, textural layering and a strong sense of united phrasing direct the music from intimate storytelling to epic intensity.
3 O F M I L L I O N S
3 O F M I L L I O N S MYSPACE

H I N T E R L A N D T

Hinterlandt is a German-Australian underground outfit known for long compositions encompassing raw energy, beautiful harmonies, complex rhythms, fragile ambiences, alarming noise, and silence. Using a variety of instruments, Hinterlandt is not afraid of radically changing territory while carefully avoiding genre-hopping. Hinterlandt has taken on many guises and constantly changes shape and colour. Currently, it consists of one multi-instrumentalist, Jochen Gutsch. Hinterlandt has played in places such as Helsinki, Cologne, London, Rome, Amsterdam, Melbourne, Lisbon, Berlin, and many others. Ten albums have been released on small labels.
H I N T E R L A N D T
H I N T E R L A N D T MYSPACE

R E U B E N I N G A L L (ACT)

Reuben Ingall plays guitar and sings slow songs with a glitchy,ambient aesthetic, using home-brewed puredata patching for realtime processing. New album for free download at reubeningall.bandcamp.com
‘He can be found creating glitchy-folk songscapes that shimmer and moan, where clunky guitars and lonely vocals are accentuated by minimal electronic processing’ – Monstera Deliciosa
R E U B E N I N G A L L (ACT)
R E U B E N I N G A L L MYSPACE

A N A L O G D I V I S I O N (UTS/AIM)
Hugo (guitar), Caspar (tabla) and Jordan (turntables) are currently completing their BA Sound, Music and Design at UTS. The classically trained metal guitarist, the Indian tabla player and the scratch DJ clicked instantly. With the addition of Max, (the guitarist from AIM with an unstable desire to distort his guitar) the lineup was complete. They now play regularly creating compositions that explore the complex relationships between traditional and non-traditional instruments. Their live performance will see them interrogate how contextual change of musical instruments can produce new and strange ways of listening. From heavy metal riffs, hiphop scratches, speed demon tabla beats, they always seem to have the energy to ask, “Can we make something cool of that?”

Refraction is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
Graphics by Jade Cantwell


The Ghost Of 29 Megacycles + Spartak + An Infinity Room

7.00pm, Thursday 30th September 2010

Bohemian Grove, Sydney

(refractionsound@gmail.com)

The Ghost Of 29 Megacycles returns with ‘The Hummingbird Dream’,his new record on hellosQuare and heads up to Sydney to play a special show before an appearance at TINA’s Crack Theatre Festival in Newcastle on the long weekend.

Supporting will be the pulsing devotionals of Spartak (recently praised for their 2010 album ‘Verona’ in The Wire) and Julian Day’s An Infinity Room, an ensemble for multiple electronic organs.

Be there, it’ll be a nice little pre-TINA wash of sound!


June 2010 Refraction


Featuring:
T O M H A L L (BRIS)
H O R S E M A C G Y V E R (ACT)
K U S U M N O R M O Y L E
J O R D A N D O R J E E

7.30pm, Tuesday 29th June 2010
Serial Space
33 Wellington St, Chippendale, Sydney
Entry by donation

T O M   H A L L (Only show in Sydney!)
Tom Hall is a media artist based in Brisbane, Australia. Hall’s eclectic works flourish by utilising a variety of mediums, each that reflect on his varied background and interests. With a strong focus on elements of the ‘everyday’ Hall’s practice involves considered explorations into place, space and time. In a live performance context Hall projects multi-channel video pieces drawing from a data base of found footage, composing and layering in real-time, this imagery is at times linked directly and indirectly to the sound, that Hall is also producing in realtime, through amplitude control.
http://www.tomhall.com.au/
http://www.myspace.com/digi_destroy

H O R S E   M A C G Y V E R
After releasing a CDR through US label Disaro earlier this year, Horse Macgyver (Tim Dwyer) has recieved some genuine interest both locally and internationally – most recently in a Pitchfork article covering the emerging Witch House/Drag “genre”. His new tape is released via new label Bad Sound, established as a part of last year’s “Lets Paint TV” tour. More releases are planned including a vinyl compilation featuring Sniggle and Jonny Telafone. (info via Dream Damage)
http://www.myspace.com/_v_o_i_d_

K U S U M    N O R M O Y L E
Kusum is a musician and performer who works with voice in volume, feedback, tension and noise. She has developed a vocal style recognisably her own, set out to disrupt, divide, that is devoid of language but makes up in texture, density and ferocity. Working mostly as a solo musician she also produces vocal noise performances specific to site such as the city streets, laneways and hill-tops and also works collaboratively with local and international musicians, and is one member of Sydney based “Hard Hat”. Having recently performed In Japan and New York, and for the Biennale of Sydney 2010, these performances are too short to miss; don’t blink. Turn up on time. Think twice about bringing your mum
http://www.myspace.com/kusumnormoyle

J O R D A N   D O R J E E
Fighting against traditional perspectives of the DJ, Jordan Dorjee has fathomed how the turntable itself can become a musical instrument. Sculpting collaged works that re contextualise fragments of sound to create new musical structures, utilising sounds that vary from traditional instruments, spoken voice, machinery, nature or any other sound objects he can gather together. He is currently completing his BA Sound and Music Design at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Curated by New Weird Australia and the UTS Sound Collective.
Refraction is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
Graphics by Daniel Stone


April 2010 Refraction


Featuring:
PI M M O N feat. D A P P L E R E F F E C T
N I C K W I S H A R T
M A I L E R D A E M O N
D I M E N T A G O N

6.30pm, Friday 23rd April
Bon Marche Studio, UTS
755 Harris St, Ultimo
$5/ $10 at the door

P I M M O N
Pimmon (aka Paul Gough) is recognised internationally as one of a handful of new artists pushing the boundaries of music and digital composition. Gough’s music is a combination of pop, minimal composition, exotic drones and field recordings, which creates a dense, emotive, compelling and challenging listening experience.
http://www.myspace.com/pimmon

A N D R E W  W H O L L Y

Andrew Wholley is a Sydney based filmmaker who began taking an interest in cinematography in the mid nineties, shooting many short films. In 2007 he completed his debut feature film Left Ear, which premiered that year at The Melbourne Underground Film Festival [MUFF]. It was awarded The Special Jury Prize, Best Actor [Lech Mackiewicz] and Best Screenplay. It went on to screen in 2008/9 at Raindance (London), Indie Lisboa (Portugal), ToffiFest (Poland) and Lausanne Underground (Switzerland).

N I C K W I S H A R T
The story of Nick’s journey into toy based sound and rock is incredible. Nick’s parents were huge fans of the cult director Werner Herzog. Being born soon after Herzog’s masterpiece The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, Nick was kept in a cellar until the age of 17 with no outside human contact. Through this period of isolation Nick developed hyper-sensitive hearing and at the age of 17 was taken to a toy store and released into the world. This event was to have profound affect on Nick and he has toy obsessed from that day on…
http://www.toydeath.com/
http://www.myspace.com/toydeath

M A I L E R D A E M O N
Bouncing like an overfull web mail account, established industry heavyweight Mailer Daemon draws from a rich collection of scenes and genres to dominate the dance floors and radio waves alike. While his Midas-like-gold-touch for remixes is high in demand from heroes such as Bag Raiders, The Panics, Spod, Killa Queenz, Red Riders, Phrase, and The Herd. In this Refraction exclusive Set, Mailer D explores the schizophrenic and cognitive aspects of dub reggae and it’s evolution to future-beats/dubstep.
http://www.djmailerdaemon.com/

D I M E N T A G O N (UTS)
Ricky Pannowitz is by his own admission a technology obsessed audio nerd. Ricky records under the name Dimentagon and his debut album Babelfish Wisdom is an audio adventure into progressive electronica. Ricky is currently a Post Graduate Media Arts and Production Student, specialising in sound. Refraction will see him bring a set of micro, glitchy crunchy nut beats coated in deeply layered melodic soundscapes.
http://www.myspace.com/dimentago

Graphics by Jeremy Hannaford


March 2010 Refraction


Featuring:
J O N H U N T E R
I C A R U S (UK)
S H O E B A H MA D
J O R D A N B R Y O N

6.30pm, Friday, 26th March
Bon Marche Studio, UTS
755 Harris St, Ultimo
$5/$10 at the door

J O N H U N T E R
Jon Hunter is an Electronic Artist living in Sydney. He creates sound installations, composes and performs music for modified spring reverberation units, computer and guitar. Jon Hunters’s works sit somewhere between psychedelia and science fiction. Sounding like organic field recordings but synthetically rendered, these tense environments teeter on the edge of collapse whilst the echoes of Hendrix and Haino fly past. He is a part of The Holy Soul, Guarde Compartmente & Delirium Tremens. \ He co-presents the weekly new/experimental music program ‘Song X’ on 2ser.

I C A R U S
Icarus are a UK-based experimental electronic duo who have been involved in experimental electronic improvised music in London for the past decade. Icarus have put out albums on the UK labels The Leaf Label and Output Recordings, and the US label Temporary Residence, and have remixed and toured with artists such as Four Tet and Murcof. Their current album of remixes, Sylt Remixes (Rump Recordings 2009) (remixes by other artists of Icarus) is nominated for a Qwartz electronic music award. This will be Icarus’ first time playing in Australia.
http://www.icarus.nu/

S H O E B A H M A D
Shoeb Ahmad is a musician/sound artist based in Canberra, Australia. Beginning with toy microphones and instruments, Shoeb obsessed over feedback manipulation and minimal organ drone before feeling the push of punk experimentation. He performs and records fragile tone structures and spacious songforms using guitar, voice, field recordings, keyboard and laptop.
http://www.myspace.com/shoebahmad

J O R D A N  B R Y O N (UTS)
Jordan Bryon is currently completing her BA Communications (Media Arts and Production)/International Studies degree. Her creative practice explores the human condition craddled in the socio-political realm. Utilising recorded fragments of real life nestled into rhythmical and arrhythmical arrangments, Jordan weaves an intricate web of meaning in her highly emotive soundscapes.

Curated by Peter Hollo and Emily McDaniel
Graphics by Eva Samaras