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Sonic explorer David Toop to play Auckland

Published: Fri 10 Nov 2006 12:31 AM
Sonic explorer David Toop to play Auckland
An Alt.music presentation in association with ARTSPACE and Room40
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David Toop, Natasha Anderson and Greg Malcolm
$10, Sunday December 10, 2006, doors 7pm, starts 8pm
Kenneth Myers Centre, 74 Shortland Street, Auckland
Free artist talk by David Toop, Kenneth Myers Centre, Sunday December 10, 4pm
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Internationally renowned writer, musician and curator David Toop visits NZ for the first time for one public lecture and performance at the Kenneth Myers Centre in Auckland. Also appearing will be Greg Malcolm and Natasha Anderson.
David is author of the acclaimed books Rap Attack, Exotica, Ocean of Sound and Haunted Weather. Ocean of Sound is typical of his wide-ranging sonic interests, jumping effortlessly from Sun Ra to Brian Eno to Lee Scratch Perry to Kraftwerk, interspersed with visits to the sound worlds of Amazon rainforests and David Lynch's Hollywood. His latest book Haunted Weather contemplates the implications of making music in a digital age.
In 2000, David curated Sonic Boom, the UK's biggest exhibition of sound art, for London's Hayward Gallery. He also regularly writes for magazines such as The Wire, has compiled numerous compilations and released many albums of his own, starting with his first album New and Rediscovered Musical Instruments, which was released on Brian Eno's Obscure label in 1975. His forthcoming album Sound Body will be released by David Sylvian’s samadhisound label in 2007.
Melbourne-based Natasha Anderson uses digital processing to coax other-worldly sounds from her contrabass recorder, a remarkable instrument with an exquisite palette of sounds.
Christchurch-based Greg Malcolm makes hypnotically beautiful music on a bizarre range of custom guitars (often played all at once) and has been in hot demand abroad since the release of his Swimming In It album on Belgium label Kraak.
Alt.music is an ongoing series of events, regularly bringing a vital injection of contemporary sound art from around the world to Auckland. Founded by Auckland gallery ARTSPACE and now organised in conjunction with the Audio Foundation, Alt.music began as an international festival of experimental music and sound art in 2001, followed by successive festivals in 2002 and 2004. Previous Alt.Music artists include Keith Fullerton Whitman, Peter Rehberg, Pan Sonic, Tetuzi Akiyama, Jon Rose, Voice Crack, Sachiko M, Francisco Lopez, Pierre Bastien, Oren Ambarchi, Alan Licht, Richard Nunns and the Dead C.
Alt.music is supported by Creative New Zealand, ARTSPACE, Room40, National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries and Kolumbard.
ARTSPACE
www.artpace.org.nz
www.myspace.com/altmusicfestival
ARTSPACE is a charitable trust whose mission is to present cutting edge contemporary art. ARTSPACE receives major public funding from Creative New Zealand. Join the crusade, become an ARTSPACE member.
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