RADIA # 294, Radio 1, Dunedin
sound, light, locality : the frederick street sound and light exploration society [www.r1.co.nz]
using audio from the experimental music festival ‘Fredstock’, which
gathered together together 62 performers over 4 days (Wednesday 27th
- Saturday 30th October 2010) in Wellington, New Zealand, this
documentary amplifies some of the voices from the diverse and
cross-pollinating experimental music culture associated with the
central Wellington artist-run performance space 'the Frederick Street
Sound and Light Exploration Society' (affectionately known to its
community as 'Freds'), while asking wider questions around the history
and practice of experimental music in Wellington, the particularity of
localised micro-scenes, the role of key figures driving the culture,
and, implicitly, how underground artistic communities can build
strategies for their ongoing survival.
deliberately emphasising the tentative, exploratory nature of the
current discourse surrounding NZ audio culture, the documentary
formally structures itself as a listening experience with loose links
to Glenn Gould's documentary methods, although it is also akin to a
critically minded yet casual conversation that might be had at a night
out watching a gig. It can be listened to as a companion-piece of sorts
to the earlier R1 documentary contribution to the network ‘Lines of
Flight : a Sonic Community’ (s20 n231), and forms part of an ongoing
research interest in charting the sonic territories of New Zealand
experimental audio culture.
interviews with : Jeremy Colbrough, Daniel Beban, Torben Tilly, Bek
Coogan, Chris Prosser, Mark Williams, Noel Meek, Campbell Walker,
Erika Grant, Sean Kelly, Thomas Lambert.
music / audio by : Full Fucking Moon, Peter Wright, Ming, The Doubles,
Claypipe, Seth Frightening, Chris Prosser / Erika Grant / Atsushi, and
Douglas Lilburn covers band the Urinal Bulldogs.
interviewer, editor, producer : sally ann mcintyre
produced for the Radia network 2010, a contribution from member
station Radio One, Dunedin.