ROBBIE AVENAIM'S 'Rhythmic Movement Disorder' has been a long time in the making. His debut solo release to surface in a career that stretches back to the late 1980s, collects together the better part of a decade’s worth of experimentation with the possibilities of prepared percussion, irregular rhythm, modulated pulse and low-tech electronics.
Avenaim is perhaps best known for his improvised collaborations alongside the likes of Otomo Yoshihide, Oren Ambarchi and Keith Rowe. But his work explores more than improvisation and the proof lies in this incredibly detailed electro-acoustic outing.
With its title referencing a particular syndrome usually associated with the involuntarily movement of limbs, the pace and form of Rhythmic Movement Disorder reflects this sense of frenetic activity. As uncontrolled as the syndrome may be however, at no point does Avenaim lose focus. Rather his effortless and articulate percussive sensibilities flex to produce a dense and tirelessly refined compositional approach that is brought to bare with stunningly rich and varied results. A rare solo performance from one of Australia's true masters.
SCOTT TINKLER with SEAN BAXTER - Trumpet and Drumkit - Two of Australia's most adventurous explorers of extended technique on their chosen instruments, the debut of this duo promises a punishing and intense set of cracked sounds and lightning responses.
MARCO FUSINATO with GOLDEN FUR - Fusinato extends the traditional language of the guitar to distressed oblivion, compounding deracinated electronic detritus into over-amplified dream-weapons, unleashing tsunamis of ecstatic free noise. Golden Fur re-imagines chamber music in the realms of the post-avant-garde. Using prepared strings and winds, they battle Fusinato with microtonal rubble, instrumental concrete and contemporary classical deathscapes. Marco Fusinato - Guitar / Sam Dunscombe - Clarinets / Judith Hamann - Cello / James Rushford - Viola.
DJ EVIL PENGUIN - Grand wizard of vinyl and interstellar treasure hunter, the Evil Penguin makes the perilous journey to the forbidden archives, extracting the tastiest gems from a cosmic vat of recordings long forgotten - live via Skype from Tokyo in between the sets!!
Wednesday the 25th of March @ Horse Bazaar, 397 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
$10 (full) + $5 (conc)