Ice Ice Baby!
Thursday, September 8 2011
I'm going to Iceland in October. Is this a dream?
A big thank you for all the people who voted for me in FBi Radio's Northern Lights Competition and a big congratulations to all the other finalists. A special shout out to New Moon Blues, Train Tracks, Asquith Girls' Highschool, the wonderful people in my local community - babies, lovers, papas and grannies - but most importantly, my family.
I'm so grateful and I hope to be a good representative of Sydney music at Iceland Airwaves festival and do you all proud!
An intimate live performance
Tuesday, August 30 2011
Thursday, august 18 2011
There are only 2 weeks of voting left for FBi Radio's Northern Lights Comp (voting ends August 31). I am one of the six finalists! Two winners will be sent to Iceland and have the chance to collaborate with international musicians at the Iceland Airwaves Festival.
These are just a few reasons why you should vote for me:
- I am an Iceland nerd! E.g. I'm writing my Honours thesis on expressions of Icelandic national identity in Björk's "Homogenic" at the moment.
- I collect music boxes of Icelandic folk tunes (to also make music with).
- I can say "How are you" and "seafood" in Icelandic. Youtube the demo. It's hard!
- Northern Lights + landscapes + field-recorder + music making = Me going nuts.
I will be playing a few shows before voting ends. Details to come, but keep these dates free:
- Northern Lights Comp Showcase @ FBi Social. 26 August, 9pm.
- Train Tracks Debut. On a train near you… 30 August.
While my mum and dad are campaigning their little hearts out at our family Chinese takeaway - a "Vote Rainbow Chan" flyer with your spring roll - you can also support me here.
Free download of "Star picking" here!
Thursday, august 4 2011
Recently, I have been fascinated with the idea of sound, technology and spaces. I took a little field-recorder with me on an overseas trip to London, Paris, Iceland and Hong Kong earlier this year as I wanted to capture soundscapes and collage these in an upcoming musical project. From the busy hum of Hong Kong traffic, to the rumbling of the London underground, to waterfalls, geysers, and the flutter of Icelandic conversations in a harbourside cafe. It is amazing how sound can be transported so easily now, taking us to weird and wonderful places, enticing our imaginations.
I am currently experimenting with field-recordings, vocals, twinkling music-box textures and beats. These collages use electronic and acoustic textures, layering colours upon stories upon memories, experience and desires. I've recorded and produced a lot of these tracks in strange places: bedrooms in London, cafes in Reykjavik, Paris hostels, airports, on various planes, and back home in Sydney.
And I share with you some photos from my travels, so you may also know the landscapes I have seen. And the landscapes I have tried to reimagine within these songs.