Soundscapes is a monthly music thing, showcasing acts from the Canberra region, somewhere in the alternative / experimental / sound art / other / uncategorised zones.
The series’ ever-eclectic umbrella often brings together works that are hard to place in a cohesive sequence. While this month's artists all respond to modern modes of life, their sounds each demand to be met where they are, suggesting different listening environments and contexts. At the risk of being reductive: perhaps on headphones at a park or a gallery, on a dark sweaty dance floor (even if that's in your lounge room), and perhaps at the same club much later (earlier?), sprawled on a beanbag. I hope these find you well, anywhere. - RI
Chloë Hobbs - More Than This
Dedicated to Sam Miani (1986–2020)
Sometimes it feels like we are living in the era of man-made myths and conspiracy theories. Why is it that so many of us cannot seem to trust, or find beauty and comfort in knowledge? In science? Inspired by this notion, more than this explores sounds from my own personal bubble, the natural world, and manipulates them in various ways using technology. Highlighting the ambivalence of our existence in various ways, it attempts to pose the question, ‘is this amazingly complex world not enough? Do we really need more than this?’. chloecomposes.com
Ambiguous Signal - Unity Code
We're all in this one together, even though we might not act like it sometimes. This performance was recorded live to stereo from my eurorack hardware skiff in one take. It's inspired by the frustrating claustrophobia of current living and features a poorly tuned short-wave recording of a universal timecode broadcast. It got me thinking of the shared dark emotions we're feeling around the world at the moment. Recorded in eight parts, I scribbled nonsense names for the segments on my 'set list'. Clangerous, Ahead, Complex, Chaosimilate 1&2, Gruve, Melodyitis and Fare Thee Well. There are some refrains that surface intermittently. Distortion, feedback, overloaded effect units, abused synthesis methods, broken harmonic and rhythmic rules - it's all here. www.facebook.com/ambiguoussignal
The Somnothéque - Prelude in Canis Minor
The Somnothéque is the neo-classical/drone project of Tom Woodward (keys) and Steph Van Berkel (bass), which debuted at You Are Here Festival 2019. Prelude in Canis Minor is their first recorded work, a response to the intense emotional states induced by the various forms of isolation that have become familiar to us all. If E.T. had managed to phone home, this is what it would have sounded like.