March 26, 2022 6:00 am
1 Market Street
Newport, VIC, 3015
Each year the MESS commission program gives selected artists full access to the MESS collection of instruments with the provocation to create an immersive electroacoustic sound composition. For Sonorous IV, MESS was thrilled to present new works by the incomparable Joe Talia and Amias Hanley at The Substation. A sold out crowd pulled up a bean bag and bathed in glistening new sound works from some of the finest sonic minds in the country.
Joe Talia has recently returned from extended stints in Europe and Japan. One of Australia’s best drummers, his compositions straddle the electronic and acoustic domains with a seemingly effortless dexterity. Amias Hanley is a sound artist engaging in speculative and site-responsive approaches with a focus on audition as an affective practice. Their work interrogates the “possibilities of sound and technology to support and alter the sonic expressions of humans and more-than-humans.” As always these two new works will be interspersed with a diffusion from the Australian electronic music archive.
Sonorous IV was co-presented with The Substation. MESS Commissions are supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.
Amias Hanley is an artist currently living on Wurundjeri Country in Melbourne, Australia. Their practice uses sound and media to explore relations among queer ecologies, attunement, situatedness and speculative practices. Engaging forms of performance, installation and collaboration, Amias' work is interested in ways of listening and the possibilities of sound and technology to support and alter the sonic expressions of humans and more-than-humans.
Their work has been commissioned by MESS, Liquid Architecture, Next Wave, Trocadero Art Space, Brunswick Mechanics Institute, Speak Percussion, Avantwhatever Festival, Bogong Centre for Sound Culture, Mapping Melbourne and Crack Theatre Festival.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Joe Talia is an improviser and composer who works with percussion, tape and electronics. Focussing on the use of Revox tape machine and analogue synthesizers in combination with instruments and field recordings, Talia’s electronic works patiently build up sparkling, detail-rich sound worlds of gliding tones, skittering percussion and burbling location atmospherics. In live situations, Talia often uses tape and effects to process and warp his own and others’ playing into uncanny chains of echoes and spectral smears of sound.
A virtuoso drummer, as a percussionist Talia emerges from the traditions of jazz and free improvisation and has developed a unique personal language of shifting accents, subtle virtuosity and discreet extended technique that he welds equally ably in jazz, rock, new music and improvisational contexts. Like his electronic works, his drumming often demonstrates a keen attention to long-form structures, dynamic development and group interactions.
An important member of Tokyo’s vibrant improvised music scene and internationally active as a performer, Talia performs and records regularly with Oren Ambarchi, Eiko Ishibashi, Jim O’Rourke, James Rushford and Tatsuhisa Yamamoto. In addition to these regular collaborations, he has also been involved in projects with Keiji Haino, Chris Abrahams, Tetuzi Akiyama, Akira Sakata, John Duncan, Richard Pinhas and many others. His work has been published by international labels such as Black Truffle, Bocian, Kye and Touch.