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The Sound Lounge is a pop up event space located in the flagship venue of the performing arts in Victoria, Arts Centre Melbourne. As part of the opening season program for the newly redeveloped Hamer Hall precinct, Arts Centre Melbourne together with Mad Heckler, Stable Music and Heavy Innit will present two electronic music events in the John Truscott designed foyer of Hamer Hall.
One of the best elements of pop up events and spaces, is their ability to take a conventional activity and transform it, by
placing it in a unique environment and it doesn’t get much more unique than this.
John Truscott was an Australian actor, production designer and costume designer. He won two Academy Awards for his work on the 1967 film Camelot. In the 1980’s he was brought in to complete the interior designs of the Victorian Arts Centre, and it is within this stunning space that these Sound Lounge events will take place. A visual media show has been conceived and designed specifically to compliment and highlight the unusual features of this space by director, digital artist and VJ, John Power.
PART 1 – SATURDAY 25th AUGUST 10:00pm-3:00am
The first in this two part event series of late night, electronic music events takes place on Saturday 25th August and features both Melbourne talent as well as two Japanese acts; DJ Kazu Kimura and live experimental artist Aoki Takamasa. The Japanese flavour of the event has been specially programmed to compliment both the Sayonara and Kaeru Japanese arts projects taking place at Arts Centre Melbourne.
AOKI TAKAMASA LIVE (OSAKA, JAPAN)
DJ KAZU KIMURA (NAGANO, JAPAN)
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS:
AOKI TAKAMASA [ RASTER-NOTON / OP.DISC ] OSAKA, JAPAN
Heading to Australia for the first time is live electronic experimental artist Aoki Takamasa from Osaka, Japan. His past productions could be filed under experimental, ambient, electronica and IDM. Having undertaken collaborations with prolific Japanese artists such as Ryoichi Kurokawa, Fumiya Tanaka and Tujiko Noriko, and releases on Alva Noton’s Raster Noton imprint, Takamasa’s sound has been described as Boards of Canada meets Autechre and is sure to impress with a stunning visual media show.
KAZU KiMURA (NAGANO, JAPAN)
Originally from Nagano Japan, Kazu Kimura is known for launching some of the earliest dance parties in Tokyo in the early 90’s. He moved to Australia in 94′ where he was received with open arms wowing local crowds and became widely acclaimed as one of the most popular techno DJ’s on the Australian dance party circuit. Now based in Madrid, Spain he is a seasoned veteran performing regularly at the best clubs and festivals where he can be heard unleashing his tech house and minimal techno sounds. Think Richie Hawtin, Dubfire, Adam Beyer.
Melbourne’s Qua is essentially one man, Cornel Wilczek. His music began as dreamy electronic soundscapes in Adelaide, Australia, sometime last century. Fast forward to 2012 and we present the new Qua – heavy, danceable and more abstract and as psychedelic as ever. Fusing techno sounds from a decade past with bleeps and beats from a distant future. As Qua he has released albums on Mush Records – USA, Headz Records -Japan , Surgery Records – Australia & Someone Good – Australia. Qua has toured internationally and become a regular around the national festival and live circuit. Live, Qua is no slouch. He is joined by James Cecil (Super melody, Architecture in Helsinki) on electronic drums and the two completely reinterpret the programmed sounds in an improvised and very organic way with lots of electronic machines.
ON SALE NOW
SAT 25TH AUGUST 10:00pm-3:00am
Presale $30 inc. b/k fee
More on the door
This is an over 18’s licensed event.
Hamer Hall Stalls Foyer
Arts Centre Melbourne
Mad Heckler is the moniker of the creative force behind Agent MAD and the seminal 33&1/3 events of the late 90’s and 2000’s. With 19 years experience promoting DJ tours and high caliber electronic music artists and events the Heckler strives to deliver quality, sophistication and originality.
Over the past 12 years Stable has brought some of the most forward thinking direction in sound and sonic development to our shores. For Stable there is neither inside or outside the box, Music is Music and it’s as simple as that. Open source and genre free are their biggest assets and they always strive to explore new experiences whenever possible. Think technology meets the milky-way, and all that is in between.