ARTEFACT
Australian Field Recording and Live Sound Performance Tour
Camilla Hannan, Thembi Soddell, and Tarab

Artefact is an upcoming tour by Melbourne field recording based sound artists Camilla Hannan, Thembi Soddell, and Tarab (aka Eamon Sprod). It focuses on regional centres and cities not previously visited by the artists, in order to gather field recordings in each location and develop a sonic map reflecting the vast sonic contrast that can be found throughout Australia. As a result, their performances will constantly shift and evolve across the tour, reflecting their individual perceptions of their journey, and their distinctly separate approaches to sound performance and composition.
 
Most concerts will consist of a solo performance by each of the 3 artists, with the tour visiting Adelaide, Alice Springs, Darwin, Perth (as part of the Totally Huge New Music Festival), Melbourne, and Bendigo. In Perth they will not only perform, but also create a sound installation based on the field recordings collected on their journey, present artist talks about their work, and participate in a live broadcast on ABC national Radio with Julian Day. In Alice Springs they will also be conducting a workshop based on gathering location field recordings. The Melbourne performance will be a joint condensed version of what they have all gathered throughout the tour, rather than 3 separate solo performances.

 

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Venues and Dates:
6/9/09
Live Sound Performance. The Exeter, Adelaide. 9pm. Free.
8/9/09
Artist Workshop, Watch This Space, Alice Springs. Evening (contact Watch This Space for exact time)
9/9/09
Live Sound Performance in the open air. Watch This Space, Alice Springs. 6pm.
12/9/09
Live Sound Performance. Happy Yess, Darwin. 9pm. $5
15/9/09
Live Sound Performance. Club Zho, Perth. 8pm. $15/20
17-20/9/09
Artefact Installation, Tura Festival Hub. Opening 6pm Wednesday 16th Sep. Gallery hours: 10-6 Thurs & Fri, 1-5 Sat & Sun.
19/9/09
‘New Music Up Late’ ABC Classic FM Live Broadcast. ABC Studios Perth. 8:30pm. $25/30
30/9/09
Joint live performance. Stutter @ Horse Bazaar, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $5/$10.
10/10/09
Live Sound Performance. Undue Noise @ Old Fire Station, Bendigo. 8pm. $10

Artist Biographies

Camilla Hannan

"A very visceral experience indeed, one that both teased and tormented the senses..."

Camilla Hannan digitally processes raw field recordings into abstrated representation of a site. She is interested in the way field recordings become 'essences'. These manipulated sounds may not be recognisable in their source, but as sonci textures, which become iconic representations of a particular time and place. http://www.camillahannan.com

Thembi Soddell

"Soddell's work with dynamics is extremely accomplished, alternately forcing close attention and then rewarding it with shocking explosions of activity that bring any absent-minded trains of through right back into a brutal present"

Thembi Soddell’s volatile sonic worlds morph, shift, rupture and dis-rupture into filmic atmospheres with a distinctly disquieting edge. Contorted into unreal environments and luscious masses of sonic textures, her sound palate sources field recordings, instruments and electronics to be suggestive but often unidentifiable. Her compositions exploit the dynamic extremes, toying with the listeners’ sense of expectation and generating anticipatory suspense.

Based in Melbourne, Australia, she does work for CD, gallery installation, and live performance. She has been involved in many of Australia's major sound festivals, such as What is Music?, Liquid Architecture and The Now Now Festival of Spontaneous Music, and toured Europe as part of a collaborative duo with cellist, Anthea Caddy. She is a graduate with honours in sound art from RMIT, and assists in running the Australian experimental music label, Cajid Media. http://cajid.com/thembi
http://www.myspace.com/thembisoddell

Tarab

"tarab reinterprets the physical detritus of the landscape within a hypothetical topography where dirt, soot, and smog emerge as privileged materials, in to which he has grafted the potential for a transcendent response"

TARAB (aka Eamon Sprod) has been working on the fringes of the Melbourne sound world for the last eight years, primarily examining the interplay of field recordings and sounds generated from found objects. His work explores the possibilities of personal chartings and reactions to the urban environment, revelling in the decay and detritus to be found there. Interested in more than documentation, tarab attempts to sonically trigger, form, and recreate the interior environments which occur through our interaction with the commonplace and often overlooked.

His first album surfacedrift, was release on Naturestrip in 2004, and has performed and exhibited in various galleries, festivals (Liquid Architecture, Immersion, Variable Resistance, and Whatismusic?) and other spaces around Melbourne, and has collaborated with, among others, Ernie Althoff, Tim Catlin, and Rod Cooper.

Tarab performed at 23five's Activating the Medium festival in 2007, and published his albums wind keeps even dust away (2007) and Take All the Ships from the Harbour and Sail Them into Hell (2009). http://www.23five.org/tarab
http://www.myspace.com/tarab3058

The Artefact tour has been supported by Sound Travellers.

and cajid media