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.
“Erewhon Calling has some particularly strong documentary with Alastair Galbraith, Mark Williams, Jo Burzynska and Su Ballard contributing well-observed, written pieces on their respective endeavours or involvements. These are well supported by an array of texts (drawings/ photos/ diagrams/ paintings) and less obvious writing, which, while they may take a little longer to surrender meaning will through the engagement provoked more clearly demonstrate intellectual paths, process and thinking.” Andrew Schmidt, Mysterex