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Jerome Noetinger, Bruce Russell, Champions of the World

The Auricle Sonic Arts Gallery
Saturday 4th March
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Jerome Noetinger composes studio-based works and performs improvised music using reel to reel tape recorders and magnetic tape, analogue synthesisers, mixing desks, speakers, microphones, various electronic household objects and home-made electronica. He performs both solo and in ensembles and tours extensively.

Noetinger is director of Metamkine, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the distribution of improvised and electroacoustic music.

Bruce Russell is a founding member and guitarist of the noise rock trio The Dead C and the free noise combo A Handful of Dust (with Alastair Galbraith). He has released solo albums featuring guitar and tape manipulation, and has contributed articles to British music magazine The Wire.

He established the Xpressway record label, which was active from 1985 until the early 1990s, releasing mostly cassettes and a few records. Russell then founded the Corpus Hermeticum record label. Xpressway released only music by New Zealanders, usually song-based. Corpus Hermeticum releases, in contrast, may feature New Zealand or international artists, and they eschew song forms in favor of free-form, experimental, usually improvised sounds.

Champions of the World are two derilict and shady characters who grew up in Sumner.

The Auricle
8:00 PM


Party of Special Things to Do Festival

The Auricle Sonic Arts Gallery Free Theatre
Wednesday 8th Feburary – Saturday 11th Feburary
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The Party Of Special Things To Do Festival is a series of sonic delights running between February 8th and 11th. Christchurch’s community of sound artists and outsider musicians join forces with guests from Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin, Melbourne and Vienna.

Irene Kepl (Vienna)

Violinist and composer Irene Kepl studied classical violin and jazz in Linz and she now lives
in Vienna. Her work focuses primarily on contemporary classical music, free improvisation, composition, Jazz and groove based musics.
She has performed at many prestigious venues and festivals including: Klangspuren Schwaz, Festival 4020, Festival Unlimited, 12 points Festival/SE, Donau Festival Ulm, DanceKiosk Hamburg/GER, Java Jazz Festival, Jazzfest Vienna, Jazz Festival Petrovac/ME. Her music has been broadcast on various radio stations in Austria and abroad.
She has received the fellowship “Music OMI” New York, Gustav Mahler Composition Prize, the national scholarship for young musicians, the talent development award for composition from Upper Austria and the Theodor Körner Prize for composition.
Commissioned works for Brucknerfest Linz, ORF Musikprotokoll and Wiener Festwochen. She has worked with Joëlle Leàndre/FR, Malcolm Goldstein and George Cremaschi/USA, Korhan Ehel/TR, Petr Vrba/CZ and Moe Staiano/USA amongst others. She is also the founder of the monthly held concert series “Musik in Raum” in Upper Austria which will feature many different projects. Further work includes commissions for theater, film and sound installations.

Gerard Crewdson (Wellington)
My beginning was doing a vocal piece, spoken and sung, with the Primitive Art Group in a performance they did at Rawa House, which still survives and is in upper Cuba Street. There was a space two floors up which was run by the Orange People which was a group set up by a guru, his name’s something like Bagwan Rajneesh. Eventually he was convicted for fraud and various misdemeanors by the United States Government which really doesn’t say anything necessarily about his guilt. But the Orange People, it was like a libertarian, hippie, Hindu combination, hedonism but with Hindu spirituality thrown in. They had this space set up, a restaurant with vegetarian food and this great space. That was my first experience of actually performing with the Primitive Art Group. They did some great performances up there and also there were these two guys that were really good at dancing, which I was also doing, so it was really fun because at that time there was nothing else like that in the sense of a kind of freedom and totally going into a void.
Ivan Mršić (Auckland)

Ivan Mršić is a Croatian New Zealand interdisciplinary artist, percussionist, composer and improviser.

His work crosses many disciplines, he builds his practice on notions of avant gardé transforming them into contemporary dialoge. He has a fascination and annoyance with consumerism, waste and excessive energy consumption.
Motoko Kikawa (Dunedin)

Motoko is a Dunedin based artist who works across many fields. We look forward to her magical and spontaneous violin.

 Seth Rees (Melbourne)

Seth Rees is a sound artist who action paints with detuned guitars, multi-effects and feedback to create detailed sonic compositions of textured tone, movement and stasis.

His prismatic sound portraits speak the echo and fall of lost time.
Originally from Christchurch, Seth now lives in Melbourne and has forged his unique sound upon the Melbourne music scene. As well as being a solo artist he also plays / played in bands such as, Amplifier Machine, The Spheres, This is your Captain Speaking, and I want a Hovercraft. His albums have been respected worldwide on labels such as 12K (US), and Resonant (UK).
Bridget Kelly (Wellington)

Bio to come….

Grvdggr (Dunedin)


Grvdggr is the solo sound project of Dunedin based artist Brendan Jon Philip.

Sonic Poem by Paul Timings

The Auricle Sonic Arts Gallery
Thursday 2nd Feburary
5:30 pm
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Sonic Poem is an interactive sound installation that transposes Malaysian sound artist Kok Siew-Wai’s improvisational vocal techniques onto the phonological properties of the alphabet. These properties are then engaged with through the written expressions of the participant via a 140-character audiovisual interface.

Paul Timings is a New Zealand artist who develops installations and recordings via algorithmically generated soundscapes, using source material primarily derived from field recordings.


Writing Around Sound 3 Sydney launch

Wednesday 1st March


The Black Box (D106, First floor, D Block)
UNSW Art & Design
Cnr Greens Rd & Oxford St
Sydney NSW 2021


Writing Around Sound heads to Australia to host its inaugural launch in the country at UNSW’s Black Box on 1st March. In this, its third issue, the theme – The Contemporary Sound Object – is explored through features that include Catherine Dale’s investigation into the subtle pleasures of Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) to an interview with Holly Herndon and Mat Dryhurst; the collective female radio walking acousmonium of Sisters Akousmatika to Bruce Russell’s assertion that sound object is society itself.


Writing Around Sound editors, Jo Burzynska and Richard B Keys, will open proceedings soon after 6pm with an introduction to the journal and the theme. This will be followed by live performances by Writing Around Sound 3 contributor, Kynan Tan and NZ/Australia-based artist Nathan Thompson, as well as the Australian premiere of Jo Burzynska’s multisensory wine and sound work, Oenosthesia. Further details below.
Copies of Writing Around Sound 3 will be available for purchase at $10 a copy at the event and also available through The Auricle’s online store.


This event is hosted with the support of UNSW Art & Design andSound, Energies, Environments (Sydney, Australia), The Auricle (Christchurch, New Zealand) and Creative New Zealand.


Kynan Tan
Multisensory temporalities explored through digital manifestations of sound and video
Kynan Tan, who exhibited at The Auricle in 2015, is an artist interested in networks, relationality and digital systems of control, exploring these areas through artworks that are themselves multi-sensory relational structures. These works engage with digital aesthetics, code and data, taking form as multi-screen audiovisual performances and installations, 3D-printed sculptures, sound, and kinetic artworks of electronic circuits, speakers and lights.

Nathan Thompson
Steel plate and resonant glass feedback performance
Nathan Thompson is an artist and musician. His sound work uses the adaptive qualities of audio feedback as a musical medium. He has performed solo under the name ‘Expansion Bay’ and is a founding member of experimental music ensembles Sandoz Lab Technicians and Eye and has released music on variety of international labels including Corpus Hermeticum, Last Visible Dog, and Siltbreeze. He has also regularly exhibited sound installations that combine feedback, materials and the acoustic properties of their environment.

Jo Burzynska
Oenosthesia: blending wine and sound
Jo Burzynska is a multisensory artist currently exploring the way sound influences perceptions of taste. In Oenosthesia, she draws on her practice as a sonic artist and a wine writer in this soundscape created from recordings of the winemaking process, in which the changing timbres and frequencies work with different wines tasted over its 20-minute duration. As part of her practice-led PhD research at UNSW, Jo will be inviting feedback from participants following its presentation. Wines kindly supplied by Quartz Reef, Pegasus Bay and The Boneline.