All posts by Alex Donnithorne

The Auricle Record Club

The Auricle Sonic Arts Gallery
Thursday 18th May
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Casual vinyl listening sessions on the standard single deck setup. Bring your selection, serious or strange, for another round of shared listening and irregular musings.


Anthony Charles Lynton Blair by Kraus

The Auricle Sonic Arts Gallery
Showing: Friday 12th, 19th May, 11am-4pm
Saturday 13th, 20th May, 1-4pm
Opening: Thursday 11th May, 5:30pm
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Anthony Charles Lynton Blair by Kraus

Anthony Charles Lynton Blair (born 6 May 1953) was a British serial killer who murdered an unknown number of victims between 2003-2007. Many of his victims were subject to dismemberment, torture and rape. An Oxford graduate and successful lawyer, Blair was regarded by many as handsome, charismatic, and intelligent, traits that left his victims with little chance to overcome him. He was
found sane and guilty at his trial and executed on 20 March 2023.

Blair was an unusually organized and calculating criminal who used his extensive legal and political connections to avoid capture for years. He was skilled at minimizing physical evidence – his fingerprints were never foundat a crime scene, a fact he repeated often during his trial.

After Blair’s death was confirmed at 12:58 a.m. on March 20, 2023, his brain was removed. It is in the possession of Dr. Helen Morrison, a witness for the defense at Blair’s trial, who interviewed Blair and other serial killers in an attempt to isolate common personality traits of violent sociopaths.

Blair’s metallic grey 2002 Vauxhall Omega is presently on exhibit at the The Museum of Modern Crime.

A study published in The Lancet in 2006 estimated the number of Blair’s victims at 654,965. The true victim count remains unknown, and could be much higher.

This sound work for four-channels was featured in the Discovery Channel documentaries “The New Detectives: Case Studies in Epidemiology” and “Most Evil: Blair”. It is in seven parts:

1. Fuck You
2. I Kill You Tony Blair
3. The Courage of Our Convictions
4. Murder
5. A Journey (Into the Mind of a Serial Killer)
6. I Fucking Kill You Tony Blair
7. Watch Out

Goh Lee Kwang – NZ Tour – Christchurch

The Auricle Sonic Arts Gallery
Friday 28th April
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Malaysian artist Goh Lee Kwang is coming to New Zealand to present a series of workshops and performances in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch between 22-28 April 2017.

The final evening of the tour sees GLK hosted at the Auricle on Friday 28 April, and will feature an eclectic cohort of Otautahi’s sonic stalwarts, including David Khan, Tony Miles, Nicolas Woollaston and IRD, culminating in a performance by Goh Lee Kwang and Mike Minchington.

Performances start at 7:30pm, $10 on the door.



New Ear – Making Experimental Music in the 21st Century

The Auricle Sonic Arts Gallery
Thursday 27th April
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This workshop, hosted by the Auricle and facilitated by Malaysian artist Goh Lee Kwang, will involve discussions on genres of experimental music that are currently relatively new and energetic, including field recording, electronic music and improvisation.

Goh will focus on the practices of several contemporary musicians including Eric La Casa (France), Bernhard Günter (Denmark) and Toshimaru Nakamura (Japan), seeking to develop an understanding of the techniques, aesthetics and concepts which inform their work.

The workshop starts at 7:30pm Thursday 27 April – koha entry.



The Auricle Sonic Arts Gallery
Wednesday 26th April
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Jan-Bas Bollen (bass function and sound design)
Alison Isadora (midi-violin/electronics)

Extreme weather, colony collapse disorder in bees, melting polar ice, rising sea-levels – all examples of trends that can be directly related to human actions. However, other events such as the 1953 flood in the Netherlands, the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch and the 2016 7.8 earthquake that changed the shape of the east coast of the South Island expose a more complex relationship between humans and the planet.

Our relationship with the earth is dynamic. Our actions influence our environment, which in turn responds, not always in ways we can foresee. Often there is a specific tipping point, after which there is no return. The preceding state is critical.

CRITICAL STATE embraces the oppositional forces that human beings contain within them – the desire for control on the one hand and the need to be able to respond with flexibility, on the other. How do we balance our needs and desires with the needs and desires of the other?

Inspired by sounds from natural disasters and the dynamic properties of these phenomena, SYNC explores a sonic environment that oscillates between slowly evolving textures and moments of unpredictable audio disruption. The musicians respond to and have influence on their audio surroundings through a combination of improvised and composed material.

SYNC is the composer/performer duo Jan-Bas Bollen (NL) and Alison Isadora(NZ/NL). Over the last 19 years they have created a number of compelling works within an interactive electronic environment: Trace (2008), concerned with the dynamics of trauma on a political and personal level; Born and Bred (2001) dealing with issues of citizenship and belonging; The Deep South (2002) inspired by NZ geography and
The Big Shop (1998), a critical approach to consumerism. See:

Alison Isadora is a composer, performer and educator born and bred in Aotearoa/New Zealand and practising in the Netherlands since 1986. She studied political philosophy and music at the Victoria University of Wellington, violin and composition at the Hague Conservatorium and post-graduate performance theater at DasArts in Amsterdam. In the last years she has become increasingly interested in the possibilities of connecting music to other disciplines. Isadora’s works often incorporate elements of story-telling and participation while addressing social issues. She is the Creative New Zealand/Jack C. Richards Composer-in-Residence at Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music, Wellington for 2016/17.

Jan-Bas Bollen studied at the Sweelinck Conservatorium Amsterdam and the Royal Conservatory The Hague. He is internationally active as a composer, sound designer, bass player and educator, and creates both chamber music as well as music for ensembles, theatre productions and installation art. In many of his works he uses electronics, often employing cutting-edge technologies. Hij regularly collaborates with dansers and choreographers. His recent compositions include works for RedEar Rotterdam, Trio 7090, David Kweksilber Big Band, pianist Gerard Bouwhuis, Percussion The Hague, Club Guy & Roni, the Royal New Zealand Ballet and several radiophonic productions.


Misha’s field recordings from Mexico

The Auricle Sonic Arts Gallery
Wednesday 5th April
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Misha Marks presents his field recordings from Mexico.

Wonderful brass bands in the villages of Villa Hidalgo Yalálag, San Bartolomé Zoogocho and Santa María Tavehua in the Sierra Norte of Oaxaca and some other things…

7pm SHARP.




Auricle Record Club

The Auricle Sonic Arts Gallery
Thursday 23rd March
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The Auricle Record Club returns for a limited run of regular BYO vinyl social listening sessions. Standard single turntable setup, vinyl only.

An early session on this occasion, with Master Japanese Drummer Sabu Toyozumi in presence next door at Darkroom this evening also.

Refreshments etc. via the aforementioned Room.



Blankets / Regressor

The Auricle Sonic Arts Gallery
Thursday 16th March
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Sasha Ford is a researcher and sound artist currently based in Montreal, Canada. Her practice centers around sound composition and performance, experimental art criticism, and philosophical writing. An active member of DIY music scenes across Canada for over a decade, Ford has performed in dozens of cities across North America as part of numerous musical projects. Most recently with her solo experimental electronic project Blankets, she performed at the International Noise Conference in Miami, and the Ende Tymes Festival of Noise and Experimental Liberation in Brooklyn, NY. She holds an MA in Media Studies from Concordia University and is currently at work writing a collection of essays of aesthetic theory.

Regressor is a corpse.