Posts Tagged ‘New Zealand Music’

“Memphis” (Digital Painting/Album Cover, 2007)

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

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“There is no history to tell us of the beginnings of Memphis, only legend. It’s legendary founder, Menes, may have been one or several of the shadowy figures whose identity has never been established. Menes however… has been acknowledged through the centuries as the first ruler of Egypt. Before his time, the country was divided into Upper and Lower Egypt, each separate and distinct from the other and largely made up of independent kingdoms. Menes united these into one undivided Egypt.” (Marion Teena Dimick, Memphis: City of the White Wall)

This image was later used as the cover for the third Nova Scotia album Memphis (Ikuisuus Records, 2008). Nova Scotia are an experimental noise band from New Zealand comprised of Rick Jensen, Dean Brown and Dick Whyte (also featuring a guest performance by Antony Milton on this recording). Click here to listen to excerpts from the album. Find out more about Nova Scotia.

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“‘Memphis’ is a consistently flowing top-shelf example of how electronic and acoustic sources work together in improvised music today. It’s nearly impossible to not mention the classic example of AMM’s pioneering work in this field or the more contemporary efforts of Evan Parker’s group settings, even if Jensen’s reed work owes more to someone like Jon Butcher. The interplay between Jensen’s multiphonics and ornamental work and the brass-playing on the opening track is almost Scelsi-like amidst the drones and looped sounds from Whyte’s guitar and the other subtle sonics. Some truly sublime and captivating music. “Rosetta Stone Paperweight” features more feedback and the sort of scraped sound aesthetic found on “AMMusic” circa 1969, but perhaps with a more sensitive set of ears. This is not improvised music of reckless abandon, but carefully crafted abstract soundscapes of the most deliberate nature. The dynamic interplay gets a bit sloppy in moments but really exposes how in touch these cats are with one another in the moment.” (Heathen Harvest)

“The recordings were done at 2 seperate gigs at Photospace Gallery in Wellington, NZ. I exhibited at the gallery twice and we began performing there quite often (the owner even played drums for my group The Rick Jensen Trio). Nova Scotia played a number of times there as the environment was particularly suited to us, outside was the main street in Wellington, where everyone would go drinking at night. It was all nightclubs and bars, buskers and drunk people. When we performed we’d open the windows and use any street sound that came through and integrate it into our performance. For the track that features Antony, we played a gig with him and then invited him to join us, it turned out to be an unusual song. All of the performances we did at Photospace had a particular feel to them, and we certainly developed our sound a lot with these gigs. There’s not a lot more to say about them, at this point we were using many homemade instruments, broken electronics, 4 tracks, and anything we had at hand. This album represents a highly experimental period for us and shows the way we were going at the time.” (Rick Jensen)

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“LUX” (Video Art, 1999, restored in 2011)

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

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Experimental short made on VHSC in 1999, featuring the song LUX from the Birchville Cat Motel album Siberian Earth Curve on the sound-track (additional feedback added during the filming process). Part of a suite of abstract videos I made in 1999. See more of my films on Vimeo.

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NEW/OLD RELEASE: “Live at the Space EP” (Dick Whyte and his Golden Guitar, 2002/2012)

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

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Live recording of Dick Whyte and his Golden Guitar at The Space in 2002, which I finally released as an EP in 2011. For your health!

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NEW RELEASE: “To France” (Big Rick EP, 2012)

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

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I am currently playing bass for the Wellington rock band Big Rick, and having a blast doing it (that’s us above, with me in the funny hat). The band also includes the wonderful Heleyni Pratly on guitar and vocals, Joel Cosgrove on guitar and vocals, and Helen O’Rourke on drums. My time in the band ends in December, when the new bass player Rohan takes over (an exciting addition). At that time I will resume production duties (Heleyni jokingly refers to me as their Brian Eno – although Jim O’Rourke and Bob Rock are also apt comparisons, though I am unsure which I prefer). For now you can check out their first EP ‘Big Rick To France’ on Bandcamp (which I did not play on, but did help engineer and mix). I especially recommend the first song Boogie Dance, which is an absolute gem (and if that doesn’t satisfy your appetite, they have some demos online as well).

Big Rick are also playing a lot of shows in the next two months so keep your eyes and ears open. The EP release gig is happening on Dec. 1st at the Newtown Bowls Club in Wellington, and we’re playing in Auckland, Dunedin and possibly Christchurch too, later in December (as well as various parties and some other surprise appearances). Find out more by checking out their Facebook Page.

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TWO NEW ALBUMS: “Supercomposer Vs. Unknown Rockstar” + “ESPlunderphonics” (Supercomposer, 2012)

Friday, November 16th, 2012

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Two new Supercomposer albums just out! The first is a series of remixes of the improv-noise musician Unknown Rockstar, in which I reduce each of his albums to a single track of music, through speed manipulation and layering, released on Postmoderncore Records last month. Free to download and listen here.

The second is a series of supercompositions made from free 30s song samples on the ESP Disc website (for those who don’t know, ESP is one of the preeminent free-jazz labels of the 20th century). Based on the following simple instructions: “1) Open an album at random on espdisc.com. 2) Start playing the first free 30s song sample. 3) After approximately 10s start playing the second 30s song sample. 4) Repeat process until the source material is exhausted, while recording the outcomes.” It includes remixes of Sun Ra, Albert Ayler, Charles Manson and Billie Holliday (among others). Have a listen to Supercomposer’s efforts below – or try making your own! Free to download on Bandcamp.

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NEW RELEASE: “Dick Whyte and the Bent Folk BOOTLEG” (April, 2013)

Monday, April 29th, 2013

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Since late last year I have been jamming some old and new songs with Big Rick! drummer extraordinaire Helen O’Rourke. This slowly turned into a more serious project with the addition of Yawn guitar legend Rupert Hunter. We played a few gigs under a variety of names (Dick Whyte and the Red-Headed Step-Child, Dick Whyte and Epic Friends, Dick Whyte and the Easy Travellers) until Noel Meek described us as ‘bent folk’ at the last Crypt Sessions, which seemed to stick.

Since then we’ve played a few more gigs and started recording. There is a bootleg of our last live show up on Bandcamp, a 7″ recorded by the wonderful Finn Johansson (of ex-Wellington country band Johnsonville City Nights) ready to come out (as soon as we find a label or some cash to release it) and two more gigs this month (one on the 11th of May at Evil Genius Records with Toucan Stubbs, and one at The Crypt on the 18th of May, with Seth Frightening, Baba Rosa and Saint Cosmos, curated by Noel Meek). We’re also planning another recording session soon and will be opening for David Rovics at Puppies later this year.

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Dick Whyte, Helen O'Rourke and Gary Cranston

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Inspiration - Samin Son and the Garrett Street Collective

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Dick Whyte and Rupert Hunter at The Crypt Sessions

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Dick Whyte and Helen O'Rourke at Home Economics 3

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Kittentank, Desperanados and The Bent Folk at San Fran Bath House

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Toucan Stubbs and The Bent Folk at Evil Genius

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Weird Folk for Weird Folk at The Crypt

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