The S&B was first performed by Chris Downes and Josh Santospirito as part of the 2011 Sound to Light evening which pitted a visual artist with a sound artist. Josh approached Chris in early 2011 about doing something together and they slowly developed the idea of performing a ghost story based on the Derwent River near Hobart, Tasmania.
Chris came up with the slow-burning 20 minute story of a young Shipwright meeting a banshee on the banks of Derwent River and Josh wrote the music and created the soundtrack and the music that he also performed. The story was cobbled together from various myths about banshee’s.
The second performance was at Chugnut (comics camp) in Victoria on the 31st of March 2012 where it was watched by every comicer worth a damn in the country (except for all the others) … who loved it.
The performance was then dissected for its weak points and turned into an interstellar monster with the addition of the idea of having an animated component along with Chris’s drawing … then we decided against that.
Then we asked Brian Ritchie (of the Violent Femmes) to include it in the MONA FOMA – an awesomely amazing music and art festival in Hobart, Australia … where Chris and I both live. The video is from the performance at the Rosny Barn as part of the festival.
pardon? Acousmatic Ecology part 2 by Drive West Today
- a new album/collection from Drive West Today which is a free download from Bandcamp.
Drive West Today has been expanding over 2011 and 2012 to encompass more than just the cinematic experience of listening to sound. Joshua Santospirito’s guitar is more and more placed into textural compositions that contrast silence to clicks and bursts of sonar.
The recordings in the Acousmatic Ecology series are a document of one moment in a long slow exploration of stops and starts and counterintuition. All aimed at creating stillness within a maelstrom of anxiety and the elevation of the soul in the midst of confusion, attempting to take the listener into the performing experience.
The second part of acousmatic ecology becomes more minimal than the first (Acousmatic Ecology pt I – a query) but it continues further along the same line of explorations that were opened up by that collection of works.
released 01 July 2012
all music improvised by joshua santospirito
recorded and mixed by Ryan Lynch from scrapbook studios
May-June Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
released 26 November 2012
Music – Joshua Santospirito
Recorded by Ryan Lynch at scrapbook studios – May 2012
30 - Hobart
I have organised the Sound Klub gig at Inflight Art Gallery on November 30, 8pm at the closing of both my exhibition Sleuth, and the exhibition of Neil Haddon.
- come down to see Reuben Ingall, Paul Heslin, Transmission (Nick McCorriston).
Free entry and there’ll be a bar run by the happy gallery board members.
December – tour with Reuben Ingall & Paul Heslin & Transmissions
Friday 7 - Sydney AV Union, 365 Parramatta Road, Leichhardt, New South from 8pm
Sunday 9 - Canberra House show – 22 Burnside St Watson from 5pm
Time of concert changed to 8pm so you can scurry up from the CAST end of year member’s show up to Inflight ARI.
When Nadine and I went to Sydney a few weeks back to play at the now NOW series we met Annie and Robert from Amsterdam – SHACKLE.
Did some quick sketches with my new Brush pens of COLOUR – Annie pointed out that this was orange for the Netherlands! I must have done that subconsciously.
I shall be playing at this wonderful festival with Christopher Downes!! Announced today … I’m most excited about David Byrne and the Dirty Projectors … I’ll have to try and meet them and not be a ridiculous blubbering fan when I ask them to sign my forehead.
Schwarzwaldallee is a gallery in Basel that Drive West Today will be playing at next Thursday the 2nd!!!
Poster Designed by Nadine Kessler
This is a drawing I did of Kim Kerze while he played with Nigel Farley and Tim Panaretos at a house gig in Hobart on Sunday the 22nd of July, 2012. He also used electronics and other interesting toys on the banjo which created some phenomenally beautiful sounds. Gorgeous gig!