On Thursday the 26th of November at 7.30pm, the 2009 season of the Media Resource Centre‘s ‘Silent ReMasters’ program brings to the people of Adelaide the first of four classic silent films, each driven by an exciting new musical score. Each score will be performed live by a variety of ensembles, ranging from solo DJ-driven sets through to orchestras with upwards of twenty instrumentalists. The initiative has run annually for several years now, and goes from strength to strength. The screening event series is proudly supported in 2009 by APRA and Billy Hyde Music.
Supermarket has the launching honours this year and I will be augmenting Robert Wiene’s classic horror film with a variety of electronic and electro-acoustic beats from dub through to drum ‘n’ bass. Expect the cobwebs to be blasted out of this pioneering film of the genre, as I play live overdubs on a strange miscellany of intrumentation, including a theremin.
It’s been an intense couple of weeks setting up and then setting to work in my home studio. It’s been great to get back to making music in a concentrated way.. I’ve not spent so much uninterrupted time making music since Emma Sterling and I launched Supermarket way back in 2007. While at this stage our re-score is a one-off performance, we’re hoping to tour with the work in the future, and will be looking into the possibility of a remix project and subsequent release. Feel free to contact us if you’re interested in booking a performance in your town in the future.
We’re steaming on towards our second episode of our Adelaide Fringe show, Basement Beats this Thursday night, and it seems like word is getting around. We had a fine turnout last week for our show featuring Amoeba Muzak, which ramped up from chilled out a/v zone to pumping underground club with the transition from Supermarket to Amoeba Muzak beats. While Em was VJing through the Amoeba Muzak set, I shot a little video which we’ve just finished cutting and assembling to some sweet original minimal techno from the dancefloor driving duo. Relive the party (or see what you missed out on) with the clip below!
Going to air yesterday, the widget below launches the Adelaide Fringe special episode of Star Formation, an internet radio show produced by Young Australia Productions. In part an educational institution powered by youth, they’re a great supporter of our creative community here in Adelaide and their website is worth a visit. Tune in to the widget below if you want to hear an in-depth interview with me about Supermarket’s recent exploits (including Basement Beats). No, I don’t have a nasty lisp… that’s just a crazy audio compression artifact!
Word about Basement Beats has been hitting the press too it seems, and we appear to have a new friend at local newspaper The Independent Weekly, if Jo Vabolis’ review of our premiere show is anything to go by. The fine young chaps at Merge Magazine also appear to have a soft spot for our work, listing us as one of their 10 ‘Fringe of the Fringe’ must-see picks. Thanks fellas! If you’re unable to pick up a copy of Merge Magazine, you can actually download the whole mag via their website and we can’t recommend it highly enough. It’s always a fine read and has breathed some fresh air into the free street-press scene here in Adelaide over the last few months.
So, if this has whet your appetite for some Basement Beats, this week’s show features DJ Tr!p and is set to go off. Just make your way down to Big Star CD’s, 197 Rundle St at 7.30pm on Thursday night (March 12) and bring $12/10 for a ticket to two hours of audio-visual bliss. There will also be a guest appearance by an Atari 2600 console- a perfect compliment to Tr!p’s promised set of original chiptune breakbeats. Tickets are also available online from FringeTIX. See you there!
After just emerging from the smoke cloud following our last event Lateral Movement, it’s time for us to change gears and get back into the breakbeat audio-visual zone… enter: Supermarket! We launched this project of ours (best compared to the work of Ninjatune artists Hexstatic) back in early 2008 with Fringe shows (after our 1st North American tour) and this year we’ve adjusted the format and moved the venue underground- to the basement of Big Star CD’s & Records on Rundle St, Adelaide. They’ve been a long time supporter of and beacon light for independent music in this town, and they’re situated close to the Garden of Unearthly Delights (the beating heart of the Fringe festival) so theirs was an obvious choice.
‘So what’s new with Basement Beats’ I hear you ask? Well, this time the show isn’t just about us.. it’s a celebration of fine local beatsmiths and cutting edge audio-visual presentation. Opening night tomorrow will see us team up with Amoeba Muzak, as they take us for a spin down their very special brand of minimal tech and shuffle-o-matic house music. Recently experienced as a solo act, Justin will be joined by former collaborator James on the knobs, dials and keys… and we can expect some booty shaking.
While Amoeba Muzak drop their beats, Em and I (as Supermarket) will be VJing up a storm, with prepared samples and live camera feeds from the room melting into the mix. We’ll have more screens on site than ever before (a dozen if all works out) and the space will be lit entirely by CRT glow. A projector screen at the back of the room will be the main focus, but you can expect stacks of TVs and a few glitchy screens tuned in to alien transmissions! We’re also doing our familiar a/v set as the opener for Amoeba Muzak‘s live show. Nights run from 7.30 to 9.30 pm, with fruit smoothies bicycle-blended on the spot for your refreshment.
So that’s the shape of Thursday, March 5th. Good news for latecomers is that we have two more shows, on Thursday the 12th and 19th of March. The 12th sees Amoeba Muzak stand down to allow DJ Tr!p to shine. He’ll be raising the roof with his superb chiptune breakbeats, before the 19th sees Amoeba Musak return once more with a dubbed-out set of originals.
While these names may be new to some, both Amoeba Muzak and DJ Tr!p have been rolling out beats here for over 10 years each, so it’s areal honour and pleasure to be sharing a stage with these distinguished gents over our three night season. Tickets are available on the door, but to avoid disappointment (the venue has a capacity of 40) we recommend scooting over to Fringetix and buying them there.