Electronica treat for Lismore
THE Northern Rivers will be treated to an evening of world-class electronica music next week headed up by Japanese digital avant-pop musicians Tujiko Noriko and Tyme (Tatsuya Yamada).
Hosted by Southern Cross University, Diffuse 2012, will be accompanied by live multi-screen visuals created by Dr Grayson Cooke, course coordinator for SCUs Bachelor of Media degree.
Tujiko Noriko and Tyme will perform works from their recent album Gyu, while Lismore's experimental electronica group, Tralala Blip, will play with sound artist Muttboy.
Tujiko Noriko's eccentric electronica consists of layered beats, voice, and samples. Her career spans more than a decade, including 10 albums and her music has often been compared to Björk.
"She collaborates with many people and each collaboration is experimental," said Dr Cooke.
"Tyme has a background in jazz and improvisation, so that in itself is a very interesting collaboration. They're both very seasoned performers in their own right.
Tralala Blip is a collective of differently-abled artists whose music is inspired by immediate surroundings and everyday events.
"They're an incredible group of musicians who work with a really interesting range of electronic and digital devices," said Dr Cooke.
"They do live sampling of their voice and use interactive gestural controllers - they're really cutting-edge in what they do.
"We're going to have media students on live cameras filming the performers, and I'm going to mix the live visuals with materials I've created through collaborating with the group."
Tralala Blip started in 2008 when lead-man Randolf Reimann started working for Multitask, a training and support service for people with disabilities in the Northern Rivers.
"I was into techy and geeky stuff, so I had to check out their music program, but people weren't engaged," said Mr Reimann.
"Light bulbs went off for me. I was so inspired by my ideas that I went home and started putting all my MIDI controllers together.
"I thought I could facilitate something that gave people a greater avenue for self expression (and) I came up with a program and put it to the management and they said 'go for it.'
"So what started as a music project has turned into a band. We've recorded with three different record labels."
Tralala Blip lists an eclectic group of influences that includes Banjo Paterson, Logic System and Eminem.
Diffuse is a free performance, funded by the Country Arts Support Program of Regional Arts NSW and Southern Cross University's School of Arts and Social Sciences.
It promises to be a digital media feast of aural and visual immersion.
Where: Studio One29, D block, Lismore Campus, Southern Cross University
When: 8pm, Friday August 24