Stanier Black-Five will be releasing two albums on Entr’acte this month (September 2013): Avast! and Body Waves, the latter a collaboration with Zeug Gezeugt. The release coincides with the Body Waves tour of Europe.
Entr’acte CD (E158)
Avast! was created from field recordings made between 2009 and 2012 in Lyttelton, a volcanic harbour on the South Island of New Zealand. Sounds were captured at sites around the natural ampthitheatre of this extinct caldera: from abandoned wartime bunkers on the top of the crater rim to the port and its cacophony of cargo ships, tugs and workshops. The work is also haunted by the resonance of buildings such as the Timeball Station, which were destroyed when the town was at the epicentre of a major earthquake in 2011.
Stanier Black-Five & Zeug Gezeugt
Entr’acte CD (E157)
On 22 February 2011, an earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter Scale hit Christchurch, which combined with a series of massive aftershocks destroyed huge swathes of the New Zealand city. At its epicentre in the port of Lyttelton, sound artist Jo Burzynska (Stanier
Black-Five) grabbed a recording device as she ran from her home, leaving it running on her doorstep capturing the aftershocks that ricocheted though her house and the disaster unfolding on the street outside. This unique recording of the first hour after the earthquake, as well the sounds of seismic and related phenomena of the months that followed, became the main source for Body Waves. The album is a series of three collaborative live performances made around the world with electro-acoustic performer Zeug Gezeugt, who used feedback to tune Body Waves to the unique resonant frequencies of each acoustic space in which it was performed. In this vibroacoustic environment, the audience/listeners are immersed in music that goes beyond the auditory system to be felt in the body, akin to the experience of being in an earthquake.
Global Ear — Christchurch (The Wire, January 2013)
New Zealand TV report about Body Waves
Stanier Black-Five (Jo Burzynska) was interviewed about her Oenosthesia Sound and Wine project on Radio New Zealand’s prestigious Arts on Sunday programme – 14.07.13.
Writing as Jo Burzynska, Stanier Black-Five’s Global Ear column on the sound scene in post-quake Christchurch appears in the January 2013 edition of The Wire. She’s also curated a compilation of Christchurch music – including her Body Waves collaboration with Malcolm Riddoch – which can be listened to on The Wire website.
Writing as Jo Burzynska, Stanier Black-Five has contributed a chapter to Erewhon Calling: Experimental Sound in New Zealand, the recently published book edited by Bruce Russell, which offers a broad and fascinating insight into New Zealand’s experimental audio culture.
Erewhon Calling can be purchased online at: http://cmr.net.nz
About the book
Erewhon Calling: Experimental Sound in New Zealand is a lavishly-illustrated new publication from the Audio Foundation and CMR. It is a survey of how a bunch of antipodean misfits and malcontents have forged new ways and new reasons to make noise, here at the end of the earth. Edited by Bruce Russell (the Dead C.), in association with Richard Francis and Zoe Drayton; the aim of this volume is to survey the full range of ‘non-standard’ audio practices in contemporary NZ culture. The book’s remit runs from the borders of composed art music, through improvised noise, to deconstructed ‘rock’n pop filth’; and every genre, every scene, every permutation of unconventional audio practice in-between. The aim is not to be comprehensive (there is literally too much vitality and diversity for any book!). The hope is to ‘throw a good handful of gravel into the pool’. While not every eel will have been hit, the surface will have been rippled from shore to shore, which is more than anyone else has even attempted before.
Erewhon Calling makes room for many voices, allowing multiple and possibly conflicting voices and points of view. A range of artists and informed commentators mainly tell their own stories, describe their own work, and outline their own goals in working on the fringes of audio culture. The readers of this important new source book will be able to discern their own meanings and make their own connections from this thought-provoking and unique publication.
Stanier Black-Five and her work was featured on Radio New Zealand’s Music 101 programme on 21st July, 2012. The item, which features an interview and examples of her work, can be listened to online at: http://static.radionz.net.nz/assets/audio_item/0003/2520165/nrmtalk-20120720-2355-stanier_black_five.asx