Two Trains of
Thought: Stanier Black-Five and Mela live, with guests
After recent performances at Dunedin’s Lines of Flight,
Lyttelton-based sound artists
Stanier Black-Five and Mela make their North Island debuts this month, followed
by a special homecoming performance at Lyttelton’s historic Unanimity Lodge.
WELLINGTON: Thursday 28th May - Adam Art Gallery - 8pm - free as part of the Sound
AUCKLAND with guest, Sam Hamilton: Saturday 30th May - The Wine Cellar - 8pm - $5
LYTTELTON with guest, Bruce Russell: Sunday 7th June - Unanimity Lodge, 6 St Davids
Street - 4:30pm - $5 donation
The audio work of Stanier Black-Five regularly fuses live
electronics with environmental recordings and found sounds – from mesmerising
aircraft drones to the pounding rhythms of trains. As well as playing in New
Zealand, Stanier Black-Five has taken her visceral performances to the UK and
Europe, performing at events such as the London Musicians Collective’s annual
festival of experimental music. She runs the Argot Records label and has
had her music released internationally. For these events, Stanier Black-Five
will develop a dynamic work based on manipulations of port recordings made
across the country.
Mela is an experimental audio/visual
project that revels in the medium-specific properties of a variety of obsolete
media. Her performances combine an almost obsessive degree of preparation with
random interjections from misbehaving equipment. She sonically and visually
investigates the aesthetics of constrained gesture and broken things by
layering repeating melodies, gradually effected drones, and suitably
unrecognisable beats to create an imperfect but mellifluous musical
Bruce Russell is an improvising sound artist, who since 1987 has been a
member of the Dead C. As a solo artist, Bruce uses tape loops, a vintage
electronic organ, and a guitar in ways their makers never imagined. He has also
been active as a solo artist, and directed two independent labels, Xpressway
and Corpus Hermeticum. He writes essays and criticism for The Wire, artists-
catalogues, and other publications. He is currently studying at RMIT towards a
doctorate in sound in the School of Fine Art.
Sam Hamilton is an Auckland-based sound and
film artist, musician, sound recordist, and curator. His tireless exploration
of acoustic crevices has led him into the far-flung regions of the Amazonian
rain forest, as well as performing and creating installations in the USA,
Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Sam has worked with numerous experimental
and left field luminaries, from New Zealand’s Phil
Dadson to Germany’s Damo Suzuki (ex-Can).
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