BOCONCCINI X SOUND GARDEN
Ondine Manfrin is a local visionary who has been calling Sydney home for the past half decade. Djing under her alias Bocconcini, she’s also a performative artist, with her current focus on Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR). With her latest show ‘Banquet’ spotlighting food, we’re anticipating its tantalising sonic sister as Manfrin brings her selections in the form of Bocconcini to Sound Garden on Sunday evening.
What makes Sydney home to you?
For me it’s the sense of community. I moved to Sydney about five years ago now and feel so attached to this place, which is 100% due to the wonderful communities I’ve been lucky enough to have found a place in. Whether it’s the incredible queer community, the big extended group of music nerd friends who I see every time I go out dancing, the groups of people that I’ve met through studying and performing at two different universities, being involved in these communities make me feel like Sydney is just one big familia who can save this city from all the things that make it an exhausting and sometimes depressing place to live.
Name some of your favourite Sydney collectives and communities.
Wow there are so many it’d be hard to narrow it down. I think any collective that is striving to keep the heart of Sydney’s creative and music scene beating through increased restrictions, without being an intentionally uninformed and apolitical dickhead or clout-bro about it, is pretty special in my book.
How cheesy will a Bocconcini DJ set get?
Look, the cheese is pretty unavoidable, but the type of cheese varies. Sometimes it’ll be a melty, milky, mozzarella vibe, other times it’ll be a sharp and salty Parmigiano-Reggiano set. The cheese is contextual you know?
You’re also a performative artist within the realm of ASMR. Talk us through what happens in these performances and how long they run for.
I started out doing video performances, which involved recording myself making tingly sounds in front of a green screen for like an hour and then editing that down to about 40 minutes, but I’ve recently been focusing on performing ASMR live. Doing it live involves setting up a bunch of super sensitive microphones that replicate the 3D audio effect you get from listening to ASMR through headphones, having a bunch of props set up on a table, and writing up a basic outline of the performance. Then I set a timer for 30 minutes and just sort of adlib my way through the performance. It’s a pretty nerve wracking style of performing but I’ve watched more ASMR than anyone who’s ever lived probably so that usually saves my ass lol.
Do you hope to somehow marry your Bocconcini project with ASMR?
Honestly that’s the dream. It would be amazing to integrate ASMR vocals and sound triggers into a DJ set, how to do that exactly is the challenge. I’m hopefully going to be working on some generative vocal stuff this year with a few different friends so that feels like a step in the right direction.
What do you hope to get out of Sound Garden?
I’m really excited to have an opportunity to play a set that isn’t strictly dance music oriented, which doesn’t come up all that often, and share some of the strange and sweet collections of music I’ve been gathering up over the past year or so. Hopefully it isn’t too alienating! Hope you all enjoy! Grazie mille!
GET YOURSELF A TICKET TO SOUND GARDEN HERE TO SEE BOCCONCINI
Words By Hannah Galvin
SPORTS X Human Movement
Next up in the "Chair Exercise" mix series hosted by SPORTS is Human Movement. So in the lead up to it SPORTS sat down with the boys to ask them a few questions. Listen to the interview below and read below for some words to give you a taste of what’s in it.
The interview starts with SPORTS asking them what’s in the mix, which leads to Human Movement mentioning the fact they kicked it off with their latest release “Uber Eats”. This track is sitting on the “Blue Line Steppers” compilation released by “Of Leisure” where they are track-list neighbours with SPORTS debut production “Professor Bitch”. They then go on to talk more about the mix and how their differing tastes in genres are “what makes a human movement set so unique”.
This takes the conversation to them talking about how they find the time to make music together and the creative process behind it. One thing that stands out is the fact they don’t start a track together from scratch saying “until we have the barebones of a track we won’t really meet up until the idea is really there”.
Another thing that is currently effecting the creative process of their productions is their live set saying you can hear it in their forthcoming releases. They also speak about how they piece their live sets together using various gear such as; Roland TR-8, Korg Minilog and Ableton triggered by synths. Human Movement talk about the process of getting a live set together and the strain of the repetition of practicing it however they highlight the fact “when you finally get up their and get to play to a lot of people then it’s all worth it”.
At the end of the interview big promises for an album are made for the start of 2019, which you’ll have to wait a little bit for but stay tuned because we’ve got their mix coming at you next week.
Georgiaswebb x Mibo
Who are you?
Hi! Im Georgia, a Sydney producer with a love for downtempo and psychedelic vibes.
How did Georgiaswebb come to be?
GEORGIASWEBB was birthed during my time studying composition at the Sydney Conservatorium. I started really getting into electronic production in the latter half of my time there, and I feel like my time studying classical music theory has absolutely informed my approach to production. Moreso than that though, learning about modernist and post modernist music traditions really opened up my whole world and showed to me that music can be whatever you make it, and I really try to bring that mindset into GEORGIASWEBB.
What inspires you?
Arca, BT, Daisuke Tanabe and TOKiMONSTA are all big inspirations to me. Music influences aside though, I always draw inspiration from ideas or feelings prominent within me at the time of writing. I never feel good about tracks I've created by just sitting down at my computer and spitting something out. I need to start with a non-musical seed which I translate and develop into music.
Tell us a little bit about your debut album ‘Mibo’.
Mibo is a contraction of the words 'my' and 'body', which was the seed for this album. In some tracks I'm trying to represent very literal meanings of my body, for example if my skin had a sound what would it be, and in others more philosophical ideas, such as what it means to be human, are being expressed.
What does it sound like?
Good question. haha. Well the recurrent 'seed' idea I've been talking about is very much a personal tool for creating and perceiving music and does not always translate to the listener. The sound of my skin for example, I feel like I've done a great job of replicating what I think my skin sounds like, but I doubt it sounds like skin to you. (ppsssst it's the first track on the album by the way!!). So what does Mibo sound like then? Well, stylistically I believe this album to be a mash-up of downtempo, glitch, psychedelic and ambient. I looooveeee playing around layering unusual textures and I think this is also something you can hear throughout the album.
What’s your favourite track on the album and why?
Womiod is my fav. It's beautiful. In my experience tracks can require differing degrees of time and concentration to create, and Womiod is just one of those tracks which came out of me within days in a manner akin to channelling. I opened my laptop and it just flowed so naturally and there wasn't a single moment of hesitation for any creative decisions.
How long have you been working on Mibo?
The earliest piece on this album I created about 2 years ago, and the most recent about 3 months ago. I really wanted Mibo to be a cohesive album where all tracks flow into each other and fit into a theme and so I took the time needed to achieve that.
Can you give us an insight into the production process of Mibo.
Mibo is mostly software generated. I've used a hardware sequencer, the Novation Circut, in a couple of the tracks but most of it is VST synths (and some built-ins) which I mix and arrange using Logic.
You’re launching the album on Friday, could you tell us about the event.
Yesss I'll be playing the album in full for the first time live this Friday. I am super excited. I've pulled together a couple of other Sydney producers for the launch who have their own unique flare because I really wanted this launch to be a celebration of the exciting things that can be achieved with electronic production. Stieble Eltron will be providing us with some retro futuristic 80s dance vibes and Brain N.V has some serious acid grooves to throw down. Then to top it all off .ilex will be spinning some tech house and techno 'cause it's a Friday night and...party!
Music will kick-off from 8 at your classic inner west warehouse. I can't divulge the exact location to you just yet but click attending on the Fb event and you'll be sent the address on the day. I'll provide a link below!
How do you perform your work live?
When performing live I cut my audio up into samples and pull them out of Logic and into Ableton, and then I play around with a launchpad and the KP3.
What’s next for Georgiaswebb?
Uuuh music. duh. But seriously, not too sure what the next release will be, but I do know that in the last little while my BPM has been increasing, who knows how fast I'll go!
LISTEN TO MIBO HERE
LAUNCH PARTY EVENT HERE
Dark Cinema X Battle Royale
In the lead up to “Battle Royale” we spoke to curator ‘Dark Cinema’ and asked who and what is Dark Cinema and what we can expect next week at the next instalment of their multi disciplinary event series.
Dark Cinema is planning to change how you experience your night “Instead of just going to a gig or the the theatre it’s kind of a combination of the two and we want people to feel as if they are characters in the show as well.”
All of this done with a running narrative throughout the night based on the film “Battle Royale”. He told us that “the idea is throughout the night these artist are going to battle for their survival”. It might sound brutal however it’s all fun and games at “Battle Royale” with the narrative intertwining and surprising all night long “Mohi is going to be part of Lara Kings band and he is going to die as a drummer and be resurrected as the final DJ at 1am”.
LISTEN HERE to hear ‘Dark Cinema’ translate the inner workings of his mind and get a grip on what you will experience next weekend.
- Gambirra MOB
- LADY KING
- Rees Lucia
- Viola Iida
- Raul Manriquez
Live Visual-mixing (VJing)
- Sohan Judge
- Aislinn Lowe
- Re Lim
- Jennifer Dai
- Tim Lee
- Moni Chippada
- Alex Hancock
- Nema Adel
NAP GIRLS AU X SPORTS
Sydney DJ SPORTS is sure to get you dancing when she throws her energy behind the decks. Hand picked by FBi Radio and V Movement’s ‘Dance Class’ - SPORTS quickly gained attention as a tastemaker through her digital radio show STAMINA on FBi click.
But SPORTS doesn’t dedicate all her time to the dancefloor, other projects see her empowering the women around her and being an advocate of information and opportunity sharing.
Founder of NAP GIRLS AU and the infamous ‘Ladies & Rec’ facebook group, we caught up with SPORTS at “NAP GIRLS Pres. Motive 001” to chat about the event.
While talking to SPORTS we don’t just get a rundown of the event but an insight into why creating these spaces are so important whether they are in real life or online. - LISTEN HERE
FB: NAP GIRLS AU // SPORTS
REVIEW: Mamajae - Return To The Red Edge
“Where the edge of the earth is red dirt and the outlook vast” encapsulates the wonder that fulfils Mamajae’s second EP, Return To The Red Edge. Articulated by Teaghan Alexander, the vocalist implies the many pockets of discovery that this four-track inhabits, yet will not necessarily be met upon one sole listen.
This “edge” will not be one instantly connected with either – you’ve got to invest in the journey to reap such a reward. A rather long and windy road, the scale of this body is large; with its textural features omnipotent in a rather dark and alluring way.
From the mighty opener, ‘Seven Hour Stream’, our hypnotic temptress projects a witchy demeanour that lays consistent throughout the entirety of the EP - entwining her clawed fingers up and around the strings of her bandmates instruments; each elongated solo acting as a result of her puppetry.
With a harrowing melody in ‘The Red Edge’, the instrumentation has officially fallen under a mystical spell, submitting to the demands and living in resonance to Alexander.
Maturing with power, a sense of uprising becomes of the guitars and rhythm section in ‘Daysleeper’ as they lead in fiery harmony with their vocal counterpart.
The hard-hitting strain of power from our temptress begins to dissipate by the closing track (and leading single) ‘Predator’. Falling victim to her own demand, a shift in sovereignty prevails as an amassed culture of metallic clashes, rich melodies and scratching soundscapes present their combined dictatorship.
Neutralising in its final exhales though will uncover the physical exertion of this interchangeable prowess, offering a level of vulnerability to this narrative that our persona had since concealed.
Incredibly clever in its sequencing as it dishes up a story to experience, Mamajae’s Return To The Red Edge is a mighty prism of wealth, boasting a compelling nature of incredibly rich form and illustration.
WORDS BY: HANNAH GALVIN