Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Today's the day!

We have woken to a beautiful sunny day, and everything is in place for the Lines of Flight festival. Here are some last minute extra pieces of information for festival goers:

- Tonight the gig is on the mezzanine level of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Enter from the Octagon main entry doors. There will be a bar operating throughout the perfomances until the start of the final act. Stephen Kilroy's piece is sounding very exciting.

- There will be a bus from town going out to Chicks Hotel on the Friday and Saturday nights - 8pm instead of the usual Chicks bus 8.30pm time. they leave from town from Countdown supermarket on the Cumberland St one-way at 8pm, and then stop at the University Library at 8.05pm.

There are also the regular buses to and from Port Chalmers -

- Bring cushions for the anteroom show on the Saturday afternoon if you want - rather than sitting on the wooden floor.

- The Anteroom is the Masonic Lodge on Wickliffe St in Port Chalmers, just over the railway lines from the main street. There is an outside garden with a swing which is nice to play in for kids (and adults!), so it is possible to bring kids to this show.

- See you all soon!!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

4 days to go!

Not long to go now! Thursday is the first show at the DPAG, and everything is on track and looking good.

We are excited to announce that Alastair Galbraith will be playing violin with Eye on the Saturday afternoon show, after his solo slot. That show will be one to check out, with Magnetic Field Data "performing" a giant swaying chain-suspended cone of speakers!

The Thursday night show at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery will be on the top mezzanine space, directly above the main lobby. Stephen Kilroy's opening piece will involve four guitars, and a very long copycat loop. Stephen is one of Dunedin's creative geniuses, and this is a rare example of his experimental sound making.

All shows will start fairly promptly, so don't turn up late and then complain that you missed out!

Here is the press release sent out to local papers last week:


The legendary Dunedin experimental music festival Lines of Flight music festival is set to hit Dunedin again, as part of the 2013 Dunedin Fringe Festival. Over three days in late March the cream of New Zealand’s sonic explorers will be performing to enthusiastic audiences, both from here and overseas.
The first Lines of Flight festival was started in 2000 by Peter Stapleton and Kim Pieters as a showcase for experimental music and film, held at the Athenaeum. The 2013 edition will be the 8th time it has been held, including a one-day earthquake-relief event held in Christchurch last year. Sixteen hours of performances will show a wide range of approaches to experimentation; from trancelike drones to free jazz, from delicate electro-acoustics to roaring walls of noise, from digital techno noise to ethereal vocalising.
"We use the word 'experimental' as a very loose, generalised term," event co-organiser (and member of Eye)  Peter Stapleton explains. "It is basically an attitude to going a bit further. I think it is an aesthetic rather than a genre because it does cross a number of musical genres," he says, alluding to classifications such as free-jazz, noise-rock, electronic and experimental-folk.

Highlights include Dunedin stalwart Stephen Kilroy opening the festival with a multi-guitar loop on the Thursday night, Hermione Johnson’s prepared piano virtuosity teaming up with with saxophonist Jeff Henderson later that night, and the hypnotic analogue synth beats of the reclusive Omit. Wellington’s The All Seeing Hand bring their turntable drums and vocal maelstrom to the festival, Dead C members Bruce Russell and Michael Morley (Gate)  both perform guitar pieces, 2006 NZ Arts Laureate Alastair Galbraith performs his glass harmonium, and Dunedin's finest sci-fi punk band The Futurians finishing things off on Saturday night in joyous fashion.
Film has always been a part of Lines of Flight festivals, and many of the musicians have made their own films. These will screen during their performances, giving a multimedia feel to proceedings.
All shows start promptly, and are $10 per show, or $30 for a festival pass.
Full lineups are as follows:

Thursday 21 March – Dunedin Public Art Gallery, The Octagon, 7pm – 11pm

- Stephen Kilroy
- The Ladder is Part of the Pit
- Greg Malcolm
- Jeff Henderson / Hermione Johnson

Friday 22 March – Chicks Hotel, Port Chalmers, 8pm – 12am

- Sam Hamilton
- Bruce Russell / Peter Wright
- Omit
- The All Seeing Hand

Saturday 23 March – The Anteroom, Masonic Lodge, Port Chalmers, 1pm – 5pm

- Magnetic Field Data
- Memory Burn
- Alastair Galbraith
- Eye

Saturday 23 March – Chicks Hotel, Port Chalmers, 8pm – 1am

- Black Yoghurt
- Foxtrot
- Gate
- Murderbike
- Futurians