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Photographed in the Reverberation Chamber in the Applied Physics department at RMIT University during a recording session for Host.

Photographed during the Magnetic Traces installation at West Space gallery 2009.

Recording session for Host in the Reverberation Chamber in the Applied Physics department at RMIT University. Photograph by Alifeleti Brown.

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ILAND OBI-SPINE (2006)

Anthea Caddy (cello) and Thembi Soddell (sampler)
ILAND
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Conjuring the audio ghosts of early Penderecki or late period Jani Christou, whilst tackling the microscopic sonic explorations of Rolf Julius and lush field recordings of Hildegard Westerkamp, this unique combination of cello and sampler is an intense, exhilarating and unforgettable sonic experience. An uncomprimising collision of extended technique, microsonics, studio production and investigative recording, ILAND is a supremely confident release with scant regards to much occurring in music today. File under: Contemporary Brutality!

Written by Mark Harwood.

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SELECTED ILAND REVIEW QUOTES

"These female musicians have found each other and deliver a strong, convincing and excellent product." Phosphor Magazine Issue 122 - February 2007

"The stinging bites of cello act as vital punctuations for the concrete elements -the vigorous bowing and scraping resulting in jarring linkages between swelling oceans of Soddell's distended source materials." Lawrence English - The Wire, February 2007

"Going from absolute nowhere to absolute anywhere. A work that requires full attention in order to unfold it's beauty. Blocks of furious classical sound are replaced by careful static sounds. References go out to Jani Christou or Xenakis. A particular strong work here." Frans De Waard - Vital Weekly 550

"By alternating movement and stasis, Caddy and Soddell manage to express an otherwise undefinable sense of inner connection with something that resembles the various phases of a nightmare, but one that - one way or another - has an happy ending." Touching Extremes, Massimo Ricci - February 2007

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SELECTED PERFORMANCE REVIEWS

"... the artists' deliberate situation behind the audience and more so the musical cooperation and understanding of the duo meant a division between the artists' playing was indistinguishable. The performance demonstrated extraordinary dynamics and deeply considered timing. ... . Upholding a delicate pace, Caddy and Soddell's sounds unfurled and revealed themselves over time, both through steady sonic shifts and as well as the subjective psychological shifts of extended listening" Jared Davis, Liqud Architecture Blog 2009

"This was the sound of friction, of machinery long abandoned but still attempting to function. The scenes kept changing, but one was left with a distinctly queasy feeling that something was not quite right—an enigmatic note on which to end the night." Shannon O'Niell - Realtime Arts, January 2006

"It was haunted house improvisation, gothic experimentalism as Caddy personified the creaking floorboards, the rising tension whilst Soddell embodied some kind mischievous yet immensely powerful presence." Bob Baker Fish - Cyclic Defrost, February 2007

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