Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Auraltered State Season Two

The second season of three is apon us with Auraltered State #3 and #4 just around the corner. The series persented by The performance space in association with dualpLOVER consists of eight free concerts conducted across 2010 focussing on the music of New South Wales as heard through the ears of Lucas Abela. These performances will cross a wide spectrum of music from the state, focused on presenting evenings of contrasting music’s from some of our more irreverent, innovative, unusual and original artists from now, then and the future. All shows will be held at the new Performance Space Clubhouse, situated in bay #12 which has a limited capacity of 100 patrons so please come early. This series has been kindly supported by the NSW ministry of the arts.

Auraltered State #3 - 29th May

Holy Balm

Holy Balm are a three piece psychedelic dance jam. Their heavy rhythms and droning textures have carved out a unique place in Sydney's underground DIY music and imrov scene. Holy Balm are informed by many styles of danceable inclusive musics as well as many forms of brutally heavy crack pot psychedelia. During live shows many dimensions of sound flourish into soothing rhythm potions, only to later transform into punch funk wobblies. Guitars become drums, synths form a molten expanse, blanketing the audience in waves of euphoria, disorientation and the impulse to move. The multiplicity of sound, dance and trance like states are all important to Holy Balm and hope to share this you when we meet. Pick it up and make a noise, make some time.

Purple Duck

Not to be confused with the Purple Loon, Purple Diver, Purple Grebe, Purple Gallinule or Purple Coot the Purple Duck is the more common name for the best MC in the world. Yes he’s very very good, well hot enough to burn down a herd of yobbo MC's like pieces of wood. The great purple quacker's masterful emceeing skills are not his only talent, beyond mere hip hop he can sport a quick succession of genres flying think and fast, his repertoire taking on everything from the pop punk rock anthems to tear jerking Balladeering.


Soundsmith Paul Gough aka pimmon was once a solitary music maker dabbling in sonics privately throughout the 1980's. This went on until 1999 when Paul finally decided to let the rest of us know what he was up to. Since his work has been fevourishly consumed, gaining seemingly instant worldwide recognition and popularity, and attracting the attentions of labels like Fällt, Tigerbeat6, Staalplaat, Dorobo, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon amongst many others whom over the last decade have helped him produce a prolific body or releases. His music is a unique mixture of drone- and glitch-based abstract digital soundscapes, which he creates using a variety of sound sources that he manipulates on his computer creating buzzes and blips, distorted rumbles, ghosts of melody, radar pulses, glitched ambience all melted into an unpredictable slab of sound that fluctuates on and off.


Auraltered State #4 - 5Th June

Royal Headache

"Raw can mean unprepared, rough, makeshift or crude. It can also mean painfully open or brutally harsh. Then there’s raw as in uncooked –we’re talking salmonella here. The music of Sydney’s Royal Headache ticks all these boxes. The four-piece play the kind of poppy punk that gets down on its knees, grasps its hands together and just begs you to dance rather than stand there with your arms all crossed." Mess and Noise

Rev Kriss Hades

Reverend Kriss Hades (Sadistik Exekution) one man black metal show is a feast for the wayward soul, the revered literally attacking customised guitars with furiously improvised black metal debauchery accompanied by a multimedia display highlighting how evil flowing water, raging flames and moving clouds can be.

Rice Corpse

After years of glassing himself across the globe, Lucas Abela, has taken his glass playing in a totally new direction, incorporating a rhythm section, of drums - Peter Kostic (Regurgitator/ Hard-ons) and piano - Stu Olsen (Garbage & the Flowers/ Rand and Holland) who are collectively known as Rice Corpse. Formed in late 2009 after Lucas became nostalgic for the original but short lived Beijing line up with drumer Yang Yang (Mafeisan) and pianist Li Zenghui who recorded the album Mrs Rice and did a 10 city tour of China during his Asialink residency in 2008. Also performing on the 31st may at the opera house as part of Vivid festival Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson


I've been recording the sets so far, here's a taste of what's happened so far.

Newcastles magnificent Crab Smasher Live at Auraltered State #2

and the haunted cocktail party sounds of Maker of the Dead Travel Fast from Auraltered State #1

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