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.
Joshua Santospirito and Christopher Downes perform The Shipwright and the Banshee on Friday the 18th at the 2013 MONA FOMA in Hobart, Tasmania.
It’s a performance that combines comics and sound – better make sure you get into the act!!
DWT had the most prolific year ever in 2012 with 15 concerts, some tours of mainland Australia and Europe and two mini-albums released.
I gotta say that the gig where I played best was the NOW now concert in August, but unfortunately there is no recording … it is slowly flowing out into the stars, mingled with other noise from Sydney at that time.
Some other highlight gigs this year were
the Pontevedra gig in Galicia, Spain, where I met some absolutely lovely people and played to a very attentive crowd
the recent gig in Hobart where I played with Matt Warren in a sort-of impromptu arrangement – the first gig of the Hovering Waitresses.
A concert in May at the Moonah Arts Centre where I worked in some sports commentary from a Carlton Blues game which worked a TREAT!!
I’d like to thank all the people I played with on various tours and whatnot, people who helped gigs happen and people who came and told me they liked my music! Met some rad people and had a blast. Big thanks to the beautiful Nadine Kessler for supporting me and making great tour posters. xxoo
2013 starts with an exciting gig where I will be playing with cartoonist Chris Downes as he draws the images for a ghost/horror story at the Rosny Barn as part of MONA FOMA 2013 … hopefully as an artist at the festival I can sidle up to David Byrne and get someone to take a sneaky pic when I hug him by stealth!!
Here’s an article in Arts Hub which … is slightly fictional in its factual … but reminded me of the video above that I’d forgotten about. It comes from a Sydney performance that I did in 2011 of the ongoing Acousmatic Ecology series … which is a style of playing that I developed over some years.
Sound Klub 7 was held at Inflight Art Gallery on Friday the 30th November. Matt Warren of mumble(speak) and Josh Santospirito of Drive West Today played together for the first time as the Hovering Waitresses
Listen to their set here – ethereal, beautiful … and slightly disturbed.
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.