Static Mansion performance festival #3

Sep 2004
Christchurch
Photos courtesy of Daniel Batkin-Smith

“When I discovered how easy it was to curate and mutilate sound from around on a computer I was hooked and was very surprised to find how few
people do it. I’ve forgotten anything formal I ever learnt about music or playing it –

STATIC MANSION #3
Sunday Nov 7, 2004
8:00pm, $8, doorsales only
Creation (ex Metro Cinema Building, behind the Cathedral, Christchurch)STATIC MANSION #3
Sunday Nov 7, 2004
8:00pm, $8, doorsales only

Creation (ex Metro Cinema Building, behind the Cathedral)
105 Worcester St
Christchurch

STATIC MANSION #3

with:

ORGANISM (Lyttelton)

NAOMI LAMB (Christchurch)*

Now you can do respectable audio on machines that people are giving away. You don’t need a synthesizer/guitar/turntables – just get over it.

The computer – a soulless tool of corporate oppression and liberating tool of the masses – I’m turned on by weird repetitive sounds and the sonic
experimentation that techno used to be known for – “

Lyttelton based laptop musician John McCallum has been deconstructing, pulverising and reworking the natural sonic textures of his home town for a
few years now, putting out eclectic and hard to find self-releases as Organism, La-Z-boy and Au. Notable for his sound installations (at the High Street Project, 2000, 2001) and live performances (at The Robert McDougall Art Gallery, The Physics Room, Auckland’s ‘Version’ festival, the Dunedin Fringe Festival, and various South Island outdoor party events), his electro acoustic piece ‘Tony’s Tapes’, which reworked family archival audio material, was commissioned for the ‘Audible’ audio art exhibition/series of broadcasts for
the Physics Room Contemporary Art Sace and Radio New Zealand’s ‘Revolutions Per Minute’ Programme, 2003.

John is currently involved in organising Southern Oscillations, a live summer audio event, to be held in Castle Hill January 14-16 2005. For more info
check: http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~oscillate/index.htm

*Organism will work collaboratively with visuals by VJ, filmmaker and curator of the Project Shown short video series, NAOMI LAMB. The pair were last seen
working together as part of the Dunedin Fringe Festival 2004.

AUDIBLE3 (Auck)

Audible 3 formed in 1999 with a common interest in improvised music. Members John Kennedy, Marc Chesterman and Paul Winstanley have played varying kinds of acoustic instruments and conventional music, but when they linked up they were coincidentally all playing electronic instruments. Their music is
performance-based. They prepare and design specific sounds and music-making processes for each concert they play. This includes making a creative response
to the physical environment they will be performing in, which leads to an installation-type approach.

The group use a wide range of methods. More conventionally “interactive” improvising sits alongside work where the entire sound is reprocessed by
customised digital effects. Their more pulse-based work explores the possibilities of ambiguity and fragmentation in rhythm, as well as its potential to move sounds into uncharted terrain. Layering sounds of both machine and natural origin leads to a more “environmental” impression. Their basic intention is to create a ‘played’ music with minimal boundaries, and to involve listeners on that level.

audible3’s self titled CD is available through their website, www.audble3.net

“The live element of this album makes it fascinating. Although performance, improv and deviations in prediscussed direction are par for course, in the
final product there’s zero cut and paste and an absence of computerisation.
The multiple percussive layers are a feature within Audible3 most probably influenced by Marc and John’s past lives as drummers. .Throughout the record,
ghostly vocals and machine-like whirrs and distant thumps recur – building, then deconstructing beautiful ambient soundscapes. There’s an overall feeling
of play and of darkness in an album that patiently progresses.”
– Ben Murtagh, Version Magazine

* STATIC MANSION

A four-part performance series of NZ experimental and abstract electronic sound artists, djs, composers and improvisers, in collaboration with experimental filmmakers, visual collagists and vjs, Static Mansion is an opportunity to explore the interactivity of the live forum for performers who are engaged in exploring new, innovative and wayward directions in NZ
electronic music, an eclectic primer in the increasing influence of digital technology on NZ sound, a local window into the rise of multimedia audio/visual collaborations in performance, and something like a “live radio show” –

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STATIC MANSION acknowledges the varied support of CREATIVE COMMUNITIES (CHCH),
THE PACKAGE and URBANIST PUBLICATIONS inc, THE PHYSICS ROOM CONTEMPORARY ART SPACE, Marcus Winstanley & CREATION ARTS TRUST, Jayne Joyce, THE AUDIO FOUNDATION, THE HIGH STREET PROJECT, Tobe/y Win, Tom Phillpotts, Daniel
Baktin-Smith, Katie Philpott, and Jason King. Many thanks.