All posts by Richard Keys

Error Message by Richard B Keys

The Auricle Sonic Arts Gallery
Showing: 7th – 30th January, 2016
Opening: Thursday 7th January, 6-8pm
Facebook event
An exploration of the materiality of the digital and the inaesthetics of spam, waste, and the digital banal.

The digital realm is an avant-garde to the extent that it is driven by perpetual innovation and perpetual destruction” Sean Cubitt, interviewed by Simon Mills, Framed.

Error Message is an installation work comprised of digital audio-visual elements that engage with the aesthetics and methodology of the glitch, aggregated with found sculptural elements comprised of e-waste. The work seeks to explore the underlying materiality of the digital, and the relations of production that constitute and sustain the aura of the digital. The generic desktop landscape wallpaper, given both its ubiquity and its implicit gesture towards a romanticised yet simulated environmental exterior, is employed as an aesthetic and conceptual departure point, as well as the original data-input for these explorations.

Richard Benjamin Keys is an artist, writer and electronic musician who is currently based in Lyttelton, New Zealand. Richard’s work explores the convergence of media technologies, spatiality, subjectivity and political-economy employing a critical materialist methodology that seeks to interrogate and explore what underlies given techno-sociological surfaces. He produces and performs electronic music as Voronoi, and runs the label/mix series VMR. He was the founder and curator of the New Zealand Sound Map (2012-2014), and is the co-editor of New Zealand’s only Sonic Arts journal Writing Around Sound. He has exhibited and performed his work throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Richard currently works as the Assistant Gallery Manager of the Auricle Sonic Arts Gallery in Christchurch New Zealand. He holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Media Studies, and a Masters of Media Design, from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand.

Seth Frightening ~ Vinyl Release

12194701_1656970567913124_6925943681365250091_oThe Auricle Sonic Arts Gallery
Thursday, November 26th, 2015
From 7:00pm
Facebook event

Join Sonorous Circle and Seth Frightening for the limited edition release of his album ‘But We Love Our Brothers and Sisters’ on 12” bone-coloured vinyl. In his own words, “…it is a deathly ode to the failings of love, the reality of being nothing and alone, forever dead in space.”

$10 / $5 unwaged
with I.E. CRAZY

For vinyl pre-orders (to collect at the show) head to:


daniel_beban_WEBThe Auricle Sonic Arts Gallery
Friday 13th November, 2015
From 8:30pm
Facebook event

U M U : bullclips, contact mics, 4-track cassette, analogue synth, turntable, found objects.

U M U is the ultra minimal mechanical electronics project of Daniel Beban. It’s based around simple spinning movements and crude analogue sound manipulation. Daniel Beban is a musician and sound artist from Wellington. He plays in Orchestra of Spheres, Sign of the Hag, Imbogodom, Slakes, Mantarays and other groups. He plays guitar and assorted objects, and makes instruments.

IRD is Christchurch’s Rory Dalley. His performances utilise junk noise and found sounds, music made with broken cassette recorders, unplugged mixers and collapsed drum kits, using few effects and abandoning many well-trodden psychedelic paths.


Space F!ght @ The Auricle

334288_263394740351928_6342034_oThe Auricle Sonic Arts Gallery
Saturday 14th November, 2015
From 8:00pm
Facebook event

Space F!ght is an audio and visual live experience that explores the interaction between visualisations and improvised music. Drawing upon influences from a wide range of music styles, the international collective link dub, techno and jazz. Founder of the band and meister of electronics is Dr Radek Rudnicki, currently over from the UK, is joined by vocalist Anna Edgington (aka EDIE) & composer, sound designer, multi-instrumentalist Tane Upjohn-Beatson.

Support from Asteroid Anxiety