V/A – ‘Wood And Wire: Ears Have Ears Soundtracks’ (Wood And Wire)
For the final release on Wood And Wire, we present a selection of original recordings from Wood And Wire artists created exclusively for the Australian radio program, Ears Have Ears.
Ears Have Ears: Unexplored Territories In Sound is a weekly radio program airing Thursdays 9-11pm on FBi 94.5FM in Sydney. Each week Ears Have Earsinvites a musician creating experimental, forward-thinking and innovative music to compose an original soundtrack to a film of their own imagining.
Since 2011, Ears Have Ears featured over 150 soundtracks, as well as exclusive mixtapes, live performances and interviews from internationally acclaimed musicians such as Lucrecia Dalt, Scanner, Nurse With Wound, Ben Frost and closer to home, innovative Australian sound makers including Lawrence English, Wonderfuls, Primitive Motion and Sky Needle. Ears Have Earsrecently won two awards for excellence in community radio music programming and was featured in local music magazines Cyclic Defrost, A Closer Listen and Noisey, who described Ears Have Ears as “one of the most important radio shows in Sydney and beyond”.
Ears Have Ears also hosts regular live music events in Sydney featuring innovative Australian musicians.
Ears Have Ears is produced by Scarlett Di Maio and hosted/co-produced by Brooke Olsen.
Rites Wild is a solo project of Stacey Wilson (Terrible Truths, Regional Curse) from South Australia. Her debut album ‘Ways of Being’ was released by Not Not Fun Records in 2012, following on from 3 self-released EPs.
Raised by her eccentric grandmother in an old Brunswick home similar to the Grey Gardens Mansion, Raquel Solier emerged from boxes of worn VHS tapes and empty milk cartons to become Fatti Frances, experimental RnB artist. As a drummer for art punk bands Jemima Jemima and Oh! Belgium, indie bands The Ancients and Jessica Says, and even country outfit Nathan Hollywood, Solier has strong roots in the Melbourne music scene. After relocating to Berlin with Jemima Jemima and touring Europe and Asia playing drums for Jens Lekman, sharing stages with such luminaries as Joanna Newsom, A.I.R and Sally Seltmann, Raquel took time off in Brooklyn. There she found the inspiration to take the plunge on an idea she’d long toyed with, combining her love of chart topping RnB artists such as Missy Elliott and Aaliyah with the dark, melodic songwriting of Scott Walker and Karen Carpenter. The result of the experience and the foundation of every live performance is a brutal concoction of synthesizer waves, wonky doom-like bass and most prominent of all; the assaulting RnB beats. Just when it couldn’t appear to get any more intense, sexy, trance-like, loose or sweaty; out comes the smoke machine and lasers to heighten the senses and unhinge the diva within.
Exploring ambient and unconventional sounds, there is something inherently intriguing about Hollow Press. Beginning in early 2012, Adelaide’s Shaun McNamara has been using drone, glitches, field recordings, voices, industrial sounds, and other such things to create his work. ‘Fleeting Joy’ and ‘Between Us’ were the first Hollow Press albums, both released digitally and on CD by US label Drug Arts. 2013’s ‘Heads In Dust’ on Wood & Wire was followed up by Night Falls (on Phantasma Disques) and Your Nature (self-released) . Hollow Press continues his tradition of making interesting and original albums.
Cycle~ 440 is the semi-improvisational electro-acoustic duo of Sam Gillies and Kevin Penkin that fuses acoustic piano with extensive laptop sampling and processing to create alternating soundscapes of extreme fragility and overwhelming density. Sam Gillies and Kevin Penkin met while studying a Bachelor of Music at WAAPA. Cycle~ 440 was formed in 2009 when they sought to fuse Kevin’s love of Japanese game and anime music and Sam’s appreciation for the delicate ambient and extreme noise genre’s. As Cycle~ 440 they maintain a national and international performance profile while releasing a steady stream of recordings – the conclusion to the ‘structures’ trilogy “The Topography of Ascending Frameworks” was released in 2013, the sixth release by Cycle~ 440.
1. RITES WILD The Past Will Become New Again (23:33)
2. FATTI FRANCES 20 Minutes Of Supertramp (18:16)
3. HOLLOW PRESS Telepathic Perception (19:13)
4. CYCLE~ 440 Lingering Echoes of the Tempest (19:55)
All tracks originally composed for the Ears Have Ears radio program on FBi 94.5FM
Artwork by Heath Killen
Track 1 composed by Stacey Wilson; Track 2 composed by Fatti Frances (sampling Supertramp), mixed and mastered by Morgan McWaters; Track 3 composed by Shaun McNamara; Track 4 composed by Sam Gillies / Kevin Penkin, recorded by Metric Audio