I had a great time this Tuesday at the Make it up club in fitzroy, Michael and i used our sounds from Menindee and the fed bells we still have mixed with live looping, harmonica and nylon guitar for the performance.
The blurb below describes it all with typical Lloyd Honeybrook gusto.
“This edition of MIUC is another delectably variegated evening awash with subtleties of sonic shading and tonal tints, blended together by three duos of textural chisellers into a vibrant auditory rainbow arcing through ears and brains. Ryan Granger & Michael O’Dwyer fuse the pure tones of Melbourne’s Federation Handbells with relocated sounds from the plains of country NSW via both digital and analog means, tinting the air with ecstatic post-locational ambience. Ben Kolaitis introduces his sculptural electroacoustic assemblages to Jon Smeathers’ metaphysical guitar blasts with the intention of collectively transcending sonic abstraction and evoking afferent smiles with sounds. And string caressers Tim Panaretos & Aaron Wallace make it up together for the first time on the mainland, exploring the complex harmonic properties of the vibrating string for the benefit of your auditory cortex.”
• Ryan Granger (& Michael O’Dwyer (Bells, Synth, Laptop)
• Ben Kolaitis (Handmade Instruments) & Jon Smeathers (Guitar, Electronics)
• Tim Panaretos (Guitar) & Aaron Wallace (Guitar)
One of two back to back films for Director Carl Stella.
I composed a score using the federation handbells still borrowed for the Light in Winter festival amongst other bits and pieces. The score is quite minimal but a bit of a through back to 60′s morricone style (i wish as awesome).
I also sound designed with some help from Chris Grant who is a bit of a gun.
it’s very short and i have already started Carl’s next film which i will post about soon (of course)
Good friend Micheal O’Dwyer and I were asked to contribute to this years Light in Winter festival with a composition for the federation handbells. For four nights 4/10/11/17 in june we will perform our 10 minute piece in federation square melbourne to kick of the evenings festivities. We use cello Bows and natural elements from the area to activate the bells and present a less traditional method of the bells acoustic capabilities.
As Michael puts it:
“Tonight we summon elements of Birrarung Marr’s past, present and future, amplifying the fluidity of time into shards of shimmering magic.”
We had our first performance last night and it was smooth and fun, the radiant line exhibition co incising is a must see, very impressive metal structure and light work.
more info here: federation-handbells
I was out and about today with Joel Taylor (pictured) at Black pearl recording studios in Moorabbin, I have never seen such a collection of analog and digital gear under the same roof, Hammond B3 organ, Rhodes, a 72 SSL 4000E, huge range of Mics and guitar amps to re amp anything! It has a nice sounding live room that is almost sounds like it could be Ocean Way!
I took a couple of happy snaps of Joel and the gear because i am a geek.
If anyone is interested in this space here is the web page.
It was quite the adventure this year when jade and i were asked by old friend jeremy Dullard of the Gamelan DanAnda academy to perform as part of the Moomba day parade. So in front of thousands of people we dressed up, lined up for hours then walked the 40 minute march. My “Ponggang” drums were slipping all over the place and made it difficult to keep the rhythm, jades arm seized up because the gong was heavy and she was walking holding it
However, despite our serious injures It was fun and Gamelan is an amazing sound all un to itself. If anyone is interested in learning this amazing Indonesian music you can contact jeremy at his academy
or visit his page here:
I started the sound work for the upcoming Rodd Rathjen Short “Sweat” by spending four days on location as sound recordist . The film is funded through screen Australia and stars Colin Freils who was fantastic to work with. It was a tough shoot and because of safety, space or light was hard to get sound coverage for every shot, so as the “fix it in post” saying falls on me i will update the progress as we hit post production next month.
The shoot was in Colbinabbin, hot then cold then rainy then sunny, big hay bale trucks and machines, rough stuff!! I really missed the studio life. The crew were ace though and the catering amazing!!
Location sound is a tough gig…..
more posts once I start on the post.
I have installed the Exhibition for Kids own Publishing “Recipe four Community” at the St Heleirs Gallry in Abbotsford convent. Artists Lauren Simmons and Wendy Golden will be adding to the install as the month progresses.
My work consists of three headphones each replaying a dissection of sounds gathered from material at the convent and manipulated by the participants across the workshop. The sounds are gathered from Voice, manufactured and natural elements. Thereare also speakers playing back water sounds from the nearby Yarra river and voices from responses recorded for the recipe for community question. It was a huge task to assemble the sounds and get them running for the installation, I did a basic hack of 2 DVD players to run 5.1 AC-3 files to playback the entire exhibition on timers so it would be automated and hassle free.
I am looking forward to seeing the other artists contributions and the final outcomes of this exhibition and am proud to have been asked to contribute and work with such a rich set of community members.
Good friend George Matherson will provide official documentation later this month.