STATIC MANSION presents two nights of less likely listening, live at the Wunderbar, 19 London St, Lyttelton
Thursday 12 October 2006
8:30pm - $5
SAM HAMILTON (Auck)
Sam Hamilton organises events, performs, and releases limited edition CDs on his own Tumbling Strain label as well as
those of other sectors of the current Auckland audio community (CLaudia, a binary datum, the Wine Cellar label,
Acroma/CMR). He has lent his abundant enthusiasm and skills as multi-instrumentalist to a plethora of groups and
Hamilton's cross media and curatorial projects include the co-curation (with Phil Dadson) of the fps live cinema
festival, part of the 2006 Auckland International Film Festival. Hamilton also programmes Auckland's annual Alleluya
noise festival, the Wine Cellar's Borderline Music Club, has appeared in the cross-sensory media arts performance series
Trans Acoustic, and will be performing in both the Dunedin Fringe Festival and Lines of Flight.
While in Christchurch Sam is additionally performing on the 11th October at the Physics Room as half of the expanded
cinema duo Transubstantiation Loops, alongside filmmaker Eve Gordon. for more details:
BEN SPIERS (Wgtn)
Ben Spiers is an improvising guitarist who started out in the cultural wastelands of Tauranga and Hamilton before
settling in Wellington in 2003. His recording debut came in 1999 with a split cassette on Celebrate Psi Phenomenon (NZ)
shared with label head Campbell Kneale (Birchville Cat Motel). Subsequent solo releases have appeared on Transient
Recordings, PseudoArcana (NZ) and Last Visible Dog (USA). While primarily a guitar player, his recordings are also
dotted with violin, alto saxophone, organ, electronics and tape loops. His work draws on "classic" NZ free noise, drone
minimalism, Japanese psychedelia and free jazz, while also incorporating a highly personal, abstracted take on the most
moody and atmospheric elements of certain 1980s "haircut" bands.
His primary collaborative projects are Empty Mirror (with multimedia artist Karl Willis), Seen Through (with Antony
Milton of The Nether Dawn, A.M, The Stumps, PseudoArcana label, etc.), Glory Fckn Sun (with Milton and pioneering
Anglo-NZ improv percussionist Simon O'Rorke), and a guitar duo with NZ-based US improviser Andrew Weeks
ANDREW WEEKS (Wgtn)
Andrew Weeks is an American guitarist/all-rounder based in Wellington. In addition to his guitar duo with Ben Spiers,
Andrew is involved in the New Zealand School of Music's gamelan group and plays regularly with many of the key players
of the Wellington jazz/improv scene such as Isaac Smith, Leila Adu, Taylor Taylor and Simon O'Rorke
TIM COSTER (Auck)
Last seen in Christchurch with his collaborative installation with Gaelen Macdonald at the High Street Project, Auckland
based sound artist Tim Coster makes audio works involving the use of environmental field-recordings and computer
editing/processing, encompassing self-released CD-Rs, gallery installation and live performance. These are all
presentations of processed field recordings and faint musical mistakes. Fragile sound narratives are mixed with
approximate fragments of structure and musicality, shifting spatial density and forming mysterious geographies.
Tim is also the brains behind the CLaudia label, which combines subtle aural sensibility with conceptual acuity,
meticulous design aesthetics and an appreciation of the "3 CD as an aural and physical object (not so much contra file
sharing, as cohabiting peacefully with it).
He curates the occasional Audio Pocket sound series at Auckland project space RM 103 and elsewhere, and performs with
Auckland sound supergroup Plains.
Wednesday 11 October, 2006
11:00pm - 1am
Tim Coster, Sam Hamilton and Ben Spiers live on RDU98:5FM's experimental sound show the SOUNDMINE.
The SOUNDMINE is experimental radio presented bi-weekly by Stanier Black-Five, on air from 11pm-1am. The programme will
be guest-hosted by STATIC MANSION on the 11th and 18th of Oct, and the 1st Nov.