The Auricle Sonic Arts Gallery
Showing: 4th – 28th February, 2016
Opening: Thursday 4th February, 6-8pm
176 is a 2-hour tape piece for two pianists who don’t use their fingers, only playing with all other parts of their arms, very softly and with no sustain pedal. Featuring two usually dexterous performers, the strategy is an inbuilt subversion mechanism of their typical techniques, thus existing as a complete anomaly in their respective oeuvres. Two Steinway Ds were recorded at ABC Melbourne, close miked at high gain to exaggerate the tactility and fragility of performance. The Auricle installation is the world premiere of this work.
Chris Abrahams (B. 1961, Sydney) is best known as the pianist for the legendary Australian trio The Necks. He made a name for himself in Australia as part of Mark Simmonds’ Freeboppers in the 80s and as a close collaborator of Melanie Oxley’s in the 90s. Abrahams can currently be found in close playing partnerships with Australian composer Anthony Pateras, German percussionist Burkhard Beins, and Italian laptop composer/linguistic deconstructionist Alessandro Bosetti.
Anthony Pateras (B. 1979, Melbourne) is a composer, pianist and electro-acoustic musician. His work explores sound and its mutation through varying constellations of notation, improvisation, electronic and acoustic materials. Pateras’ compositions have been performed worldwide and he has toured his own bands since the late 1990s. Aside from recently releasing tētēma: geocidal with Mike Patton, he runs the Immediata label, which will be releasing a series of 15 investigative CDs with interviews and essays throughout 2016/17.
Recorded by Christopher Lawson, Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank, Melbourne. 5.1 mix and master by Byron Scullin, Deluxe Mastering, Melbourne.