Open Frame at Carriageworks
Open Frame, Carriageworks’ annual festival of transgressive sound, is back.
Presented by Brisbane experimental record label Room40, over two nights in June the event will take a deep dive into experimental sound, with Japan’s Merzbow headlining a bill of cutting-edge ambient and electronic acts.
Room40 founder Lawrence English says, “Open Frame this year is a project of contrast, aural spectra and dynamics. Merzbow, who this year marks 40 years of pure sonic intensity, is our guest of honour. Working at the peak of his sonic powers, his performance promises to completely consume the audience.”
Friday night’s featured artists include Stephen O’Malley, founding member of prolific drone metal act Sunn O))); Vanessa Tomlinson of Australian experimental duo Clocked Out, performing composer Harold Budd’s minimalist percussion piece Lirio; Loscil, the electronic/ambient project of Canadian artist Scott Morgan, appearing in Australia for the first time; and Japanese/Australian electro-acoustic collaborators Eiko Ishibashi and Joe Talia.
Performing alongside Merzbow on the Saturday night is ambient master Rafael Anton Irisarri, described by Drowned in Sound as “one of contemporary ambient music’s most celebrated practitioners”; interdisciplinary artist Sandra Selig, one half of Brisbane experimenters Primitive Motion; and Melbourne electronic artist Fia Fiell, known for her haunting and ethereal soundscapes.
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