DOUBLE VISION :: EXPERIMENTAL LIVE MUSIC
Double Vision is a series of free-form gigs held at Verge Gallery showcasing the practice of DIY, experimental, sound artists and musicians. The program seeks to a create platform that encourages collaboration between artists and musicians – and their communities, providing the opportunity to re-frame and recalibrate creative vision through a cross disciplinary approach.
Gigs in 2016 featured::
Islaja, Love Chants, Ela Stiles, Jasmine Guffond, Perfume, Gary Warner, PHONE, Matthew P. Hopkins (Melb), Nicola Morton, Ghost Hobo, Collector (Newcastle), LA Suffocated, Papaphilia (Melb), Rebel Yell (Bris), Matthew Brown, Kneeling Knave (Melb), Pia Van Gelder , Chris Caines & Jon Drummond.
Curated by Del Lumanta.
17th March, 2016
Double Vision #1
Double Vision and Liquid Architecture Present: Islaja with Love Chants, Ela Stiles and Jasmine Guffond
Islaja is Merja Kokkonen, is a visual artist and musician living and working in Berlin, Germany. Her debut album Meritie (Fonal, 2004) gained praise in international music media such as The Wire, Dusted Magazine and WFMU. Islaja records her music at home using a rainbow of instruments to accompany her personal vocal delivery sang in Finnish. She has been compared to Björk, Syd Barrett, and Nico.
Love Chants “is two guitars, a drum kit and a spectral voice, dispensing the peripheral concerns of beauty and reaching for its simplest elements.” Members of the band are Anthony Guerra (Black Petal), Michael Zulicki (Mad Nanna, Alberts Basement) and Matt Earle (Breakdance the Dawn).
Ela Stiles is a Sydney based a solo musician and founding member of bands Songs, Bushwalking, The Roamin’ Catholics and The Rangoons. Her debut album released in 2014, a strictly a cappella recording was described as “an exploration of voice as instrument and texture, abstracted through the repetitive whir of drone….. Undulating like a raga, one moment guttural and folksy, the next high-pitched and soaring.” Stiles recent live performances delve further into extended vocal abstractions using loops, dark synth drones and textures as well as vocal chanting and spoken word.
Jasmine Guffond is a sound artist and composer from Sydney, Australia, living and working in Berlin, Germany. Her music draws upon influences from experimental electronic, song, techno and avant-garde, working with abstract sound as much as traditional musical forms, aiming to create a concordant relationship between a sound that holds emotive power and musicality and a sensitive microscopic study of electro acoustic phenomena.
21st May, 2016
Double Vision #2
Perfume, Gary Warner, PHONE.
Perfume is the Melbourne-based noise duo of Lisa Lerkenfeldt and Grace Anderson. Working with the electronics and bass Perfume engage the body and critique consumer society through atmospheric noise, industrial dance improvisations and damaged lyricism.
Gary Warner’s ‘an aleatoric ensemble’ comprises small modified turntables, and trays, boxes and tins containing balls, quandong seeds, marbles, discs and other small objects to create complex soundscapes. Set in motion, the constructions turn, objects move, balls roll, surfaces are struck, generating a strangely captivating, repetitive but always slightly variant musicality. Each instrument/device can be ‘played’ by slight variations in RPM, and the addition or subtraction of sounding devices. An aleatoric ensemble is an improvisational live performance installation and acoustic listening experience.
Gary Warner has been making experimental music and sound art derived from everyday things and field recordings since buying a cassette tape recorder in 1974. He has produced numerous soundscapes for museum and gallery exhibitions, works by artist colleagues, performances, film and video soundtracks and scores, and has recently been designing and building analogue sonic sculptures such as ‘the social lamellaphone’, ‘the 21-pendulum entropophone’ and ‘an aleatoric ensemble’.
PHONE is a new group featuring Carmen Juarez, Daryl Prondoso, Patrick Quick and Nic Warnock. They are attempting a musical dialogue that is unfamiliar to them, uncomfortable spaces between traditional rock song structures, improvisation, repetition, acoustic and electronic rhythms. A modern extension of the ‘anything goes’ liberation felt by amateur musicians in the D-I-Y post-punk era embracing consumer-affordable electronics and music that has happened before and after 1981. This is their first show and they will play the following: drum(s), guitar, synthesizers, drum machine, tape echo, tape recorder and voice.
July 23, 2016
Double Vision #3
Matthew P. Hopkins (Melb), Nicola Morton, Ghost Hobo.
Matthew P. Hopkins (Melb)
Matthew P. Hopkins is a Melbourne based artist that uses processed field and vocal recordings, electronics, found sound, and occasional instrumentation to produce electro-acoustic compositions. Hopkins’ work hovers from hissing clunk, atmospheric creep to sombre refrains.
Hopkins will be launching his new LP Blue-Lit Half Breath.
Nicola Morton is an Asian/Australian artist who loves playing with machines and the paranormal. When she was young she would dream she was a steam train. She has a B.Music (Technology) from Qld Conservatorium of Music (2003). She has investigated remote viewing, time travel and artificial intelligence in the pursuit of a synergy and natural revolutionary spirit in technology.
“Wireless Psychics: The Experiments” are open ended investigations which aim to find ways to invite people to think about how Wi-Fi inhabits the world, and how we can relate to it as a phenomenon rather than a tool.
Dreaming the smoke of travellers long since past.
October 8, 2016
Double Vision #4
Collector (Newcastle), LA Suffocated, Papaphilia (Melb), Rebel Yell (Bris), Matthew Brown, Kneeling Knave (Melb), Pia Van Gelder, Chris Caines and Jon Drummond.
Newcastle Australia’s Jason Campbell has been involved in experimental music for close to a decade. Formerly releasing transcendental synth-based music as Stitched Vision on a string of cassettes, he has directed his attention in recent years to a new experimental electronic project, Collector. Blending elements of industrial with straight-up banging drum programming, Campbell has honed his modular set-up to create a truly unique brand of techno.
Science fiction electronics with Millie Hall + Ellen Pearce (Destiny 3000).
Solo project of Fjorn Butler (Gurner/ In Vivo/ Oranj Punjabi), a mix of sludged out rhythms and beats processed into the dankest liquid with erotically asphyxiated vocal samples, conjoining to make a stiff mould turn into to sick sticky muck; a formless rolling jelly.
Rebel Yell (Bris)
Is the solo project of Grace Stevenson (100%) mixing dark industrial and electronic styles using a Korg ESX-1 and metalzone pedal amongst others.
There are few electronic artists in Australia more enigmatic than Matthew Brown. Using a mixture of analog and digital synthesis, his music is dark, robotic and weird, yet eminently danceable and full of soul.
Kneeling Knave (Melb)
Kneeling Knave is the latest project for Cooper Bowman, it explores the heavy mid-80s industrial sound.
Pia Van Gelder
Is interested in presenting opportunities to experience AV mysticism and what she calls ‘machinic affinity’; feelings of closeness to a machine. Her performances and installations are developed by working with media machines, both custom built heirloom technologies like the audio-video modular synthesizer, as well as common electronic devices which are hacked and opened up to perform.
Chris Caines & Jon Drummond
Synth machines, video machines.