Tuesday, August 20, 2019
For the Newcastle Music Festival event held at Watt Space, Besseny and Bowman created an accumulative live performance from within the loops surrounding them, an excerpt of which appears here. The room began the exhibition in silence and slowly sounds, both from the machines and the people working with them, entered until the performance was complete and all that remains is the dialogue between what now moves of it's own volition.
Cassette / digital release soon.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Fused Exhibition - Opening Thursday August 8th from 5pm
In gallery 1, Amelia Besseny and Cooper Bowman have co-curated an exhibition aiming to pair soundscapes created by first-year students of the University’s music faculty with other creative disciplines from within the University in order to compliment each other’s work and foster dialogue. The audio contributions featured come from Bachelor of Music students Darcy Archer & Ellen Presbury, Dylan Davidson, Jack Watsford and an immersive installation by Dylan Davidson and Campbell McGillivray. Visual accompaniment features from local artists Rachel Klyve, Louisa Magrics and Wednesday Sutherland.
Troth - ‘Nothing Still In The Stone Garden’
'Nothing Still In The Stone Garden' is an installation by Troth as part of ‘Fused’, running for the event’s duration. The work comprises hand-cut reel-to-reel and cassette audio loops paired with a film projection shot in Glen Davis, NSW created by their friend, filmmaker Gregory Perano. Together, the works form a cohesive statement about the awe and inspiration that can be gleaned from time immersed in natural environments, the often-complicated interplay of elements that is found within these zones and the flux that ultimately maintains their vitality.
For the Newcastle Music Festival event being held at Watt Space, Besseny and Bowman will create an accumulative live performance from within the loops surrounding them; the room will begin the exhibition in silence and slowly sounds, both from the machines and the people working with them, will enter until the performance is completed and all that remains is the dialogue between what now moves of it's own volition.
Our essence, to bend and flex
Nothing still in the stone garden
I bind 'round, I fasten
Filmed entirely in Glen Davis in The Gardens of Stone national Park in Northern NSW between Sept 2014 and Jan 2017.
Glen Davis was once a shale mining town whose population high of 2000 in the mining days dwindled to 25 in 2019.
Also, there will be an evening of performances on Sunday.
Lucy Cliché (Sydney)
Lucy has carved out a niche of her own bodily contagious techno over her last two decades of practice and is one of Australia's foremost electronic artists. She has performed at the Sydney Opera House, soundtracked films at The Gallery Of Modern Art (Brisbane) and NSW Art Gallery (Sydney), as well as being regularly billed on both dance festivals and DIY shows alike.
Troth is a recently-formed Newcastle duo comprising Amelia Besseny and Cooper Bowman. Together they fashion ethereal environs from vocals, electronics, zither, tape loops and sampled percussion and piano. They will be performing in the centre of their film and reel-to-reel installation in Watt Space's Media Room, titled Nothing Still In The Stone Garden.
Romy Church is a student of music at UoN and a tireless live performer, gigging regularly both in Newcastle and elsewhere in Australia. As e4444e, Church crafts ornately-structured electronic pop and has revealed himself as one of Newcastle's eminent emerging musicians.
Darcy Archer is a student of music at UoN who predominantly works as a percussionist. For this performance, she will be creating a set of meditations via vibraphone. Her collaborative work with Ellen Presbury, The Natural World, is featured in the Fused exhibition in Gallery 1.
Saturday, July 27, 2019
Friday, July 12, 2019
New experimental / industrial hardware duo made up of Chris Colla + Cooper Bowman. This is our first release, on Germany's Total Black. We'll be playing a couple of shows and probably some other things shortly.
Blooms Of Antimony (Soundcloud)
Buy Deceptions Of Mechanised Worship
A recent mix feat. unreleased forthcoming tracks leading up to Altered States returning to life after a period of hibernation:
Friendly Potential (NZ)
Sunday, June 16, 2019
Saturday, March 2, 2019
One of my favourite elec musicians (and people generally), Simon Scott aka Opal Beau will be playing his first shows in Australia.
Originally from Melbourne, but now based in Taipei, Simon Scott is one of the more unique producers currently operating. His productions, like himself, are free of any strict geographical pattern-imprinting. Rather, like any of the legitimate forbearers of pioneering electronic music, they are aimed at shifting consciousness to something outside the immediate gaze. There’s an off-kilter nature to some of his beat-placement and woozily psychedelic swirls simmering underneath. Despite the atypical template, Scott still provides a solid grounding on which to shuffle your feet.
Sydney March 30th at Petersham Bowls Club
(flyer above by Sarah Davis):
Opal Beau (Taiwan)
Also, he's playing this Melb show at the Post Office March 21st w/ Jannah Quill:
Maybe a Newcastle show TBA, possible but unlikely...
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Here is the opening track from the always excellent Opal Beau:
Vinyl / digital copies still available from bandcamp.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Saturday, January 12, 2019
Riding The Blinds is a proposed series of monthly events curated by Newcastle musician, Cooper Bowman, at Renew Newcastle’s unique venue, The Station.
The gigs hope to provide an opportunity for young and emerging Novocastrian artists working with musical forms outside of the traditional guitar, bass and drums arrangement. Each event will feature a local electronic artist and pair them with a complimentary project from Sydney. This is done to both encourage a dialogue between young producers and sound-artists from Newcastle, allowing them to tour if they wish and, similarly, to encourage artists from Sydney (and elsewhere) to play in Newcastle.
Newcastle has a rich history of homegrown music and historically was a regular port of call for Australian touring acts, however this has not been the case for many years, despite the best intentions of initiatives like the 'Live Music Taskforce'. We hope to contribute to Newcastle continuing to produce (and retain) it's musical talent and to make it a viable place for more marginalised cultural activities generally.
The first event will take place on Sunday, January 20th.
Free (with licensed bar open)
LA Suffocated are an electronic duo from Sydney comprising Millie Hall and Ellen Pearce. They take elements of 80’s synth-pop, combining them with influences derived from more contemporary rhythm-oriented music. Both Pearce and Hall share production and vocal duties live, creating music that simultaneously balances modern gloom and blissful innocence.
Despite touring New Zealand in 2018 and playing regularly in Sydney and Melbourne since forming in 2015, LA are yet to have a tangible release to share. That will change this year when seminal Sydney underground label, Paradise Daily Records, releases their first album.
Live in Canberra 2018 (Youtube)
Impatiens is a recently hatched synth-pop outlet for Amelia Bessany. Bessany’s electronic productions are largely hardware-based with her vocals foregrounded. Impatiens takes queues from folk, experimental and post-punk approaches, crafting vivid scenes that are immediately captivating and firmly stand on their own in the current Newcastle landscape.