Lines of Flight, New Zealand's longest-running experimental
music festival, is set to hit Dunedin next week as part of
the 2013 Dunedin Fringe Festival.
Over three days, the cream of New Zealand's sonic explorers
and experimentalists will perform at Dunedin Public Art
Gallery, Port Chalmers Masonic Lodge and Chick's Hotel.
Started by Peter Stapleton and Kim Pieters in 2000, the 2013
edition will be the eighth time the festival 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 trance-like 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 Peter Stapleton (Eye, The
Terminals, The Pin Group) 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
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
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) will both perform guitar
pieces, 2006 New Zealand Arts Laureate Alastair Galbraith
performs on his glass harmonium, and The Futurians, Dunedin's
finest sci-fi punk band, top things off on Saturday night in
Film has always been a part of Lines of Flight festivals, and
many of the musicians create their own films. These will
screen during their performances, giving a multimedia feel to
All shows start promptly, and cost $10 per show, or $30 for a
Freddy Fudd Pucker returns to Dunedin next week, with
performances at the Inch Bar and Chick's Hotel promoting
their EP Straight Lines.
Often described as ''folk-punk'', the two-piece act is the
union of Freddy Fudd (Tom Young), a product of New Zealand,
and Whippy Dip (Sarah Gautier), made in Austin, Texas.
Since they began playing together in 2009, the pair have
toured ceaselessly across the United States and Europe.
Building songs around accordion, acoustic guitar and loop
pedal, foot percussion and often politically-charged vocals,
there's something old-worldly about the sound the pair makes.
It's often loose and raucous, but it's also uplifting and
Lines of Flight -
Thursday, March 21, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, The Octagon,
7pm-11pmStephen Kilroy, The Ladder is Part of the Pit, Greg
Malcolm, Jeff Henderson/Hermione Johnson.
Friday, March 21, Chick's Hotel, Port Chalmers,
8pm-midnightSam Hamilton, Bruce Russell/Peter Wright, Omit,
The All Seeing Hand.
Saturday, March 23, The Anteroom, Masonic Lodge, Port
Chalmers, 1pm-5pmMagnetic Field Data, Memory Burn, Alastair
Saturday, March 23, Chick's Hotel, Port Chalmers,
8pm-1amBlack Yoghurt, Foxtrot, Gate, Murderbike, Futurians.
See it, hear
Freddy Fudd Pucker Straight Lines EP Tour, Sunday, March 24,
The Inch Bar at 7pm and Thursday, March 28 at Chick's Hotel
(Port Chalmers) with Bad Sav and Space Bats, Attack!.
Straight Lines, a new solo EP, is available now for ''pay as
you like'' via Pucker's bandcamp