Wednesday, 5 March 2014
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
A very special release from Perth based collective, MASONIK straddling the media of film, sound and sculpture. Inspired by resampling the wax cylinder recordings of Aleister Crowley created in the early 1900s, Masonik have created a work which echoes the regenerative and destructive sides of the magical artistic process.
Each work comprises a cut vinyl disc containing the 15min soundscape, a blue ray disc containing the 15min film component, the sculptural housing and limited edition publication.
Each vinyl is cut, not pressed, and each sculptural case is created entirely by hand, embossed, editioned and sigilised. This work is at the forefront of new media, cleverly crossing the boundaries of fine art, film, music and performance in a way rarely done.
Only 7 editions have been created for the international market.
AUD $777.00 per edition (only 3 currently remaining)
Tuesday, 18 February 2014
Artbox presents: Masonik is a multi disciplined, multi-musician audiovisual performance collective . Rising Lotus is the sound testimony of the collaborative project between Masonik and Swiss-Australian visual arts duo Maschi Fontana. Rising Lotus was shown as a part of the 2011 Perth International Arts Festival at the Fremantle Arts Centre from January till March 2011. Encompassing aspects of reductive materialism, minimalism, long frame video and landform sculpture, Maschi Fontana (Tom Muller and Jean-Thomas Vannotti) engaged in both the myths and aesthetics of the various landscapes they encountered while incorporating cosmic symbolism, cult rituals, occult forces and a retro-futuristic feel to their work.
Friday, 31 January 2014
BUT the big news is that Masonik came to the Sound Quality studio (well, the ABC's live music studio really) and recorded a great big piece. You can download it just below. It is a really moody and evocative piece, listen to the program and grab the audio. Bass, turntable and electronics - Basil Psanoudakis; Sax - Paul 'Pax' Andrews; Keys - Wheldon Thornley.
Friday, 17 January 2014
Monday, 13 January 2014
The Michael Cacoyannis Foundation presents on Wednesday 15 January 2014, at 21:30, the interdisciplinary music and visual arts event “Altar’d Lament”, by the Australian ensemble “Masonik” in cooperation with the lyrical singer Georgina Balabini and the visual artist Mario Fournaris.
Altar’d Lament is a unique cross collaboration between Greek & Australian musicians & artists. It directly references the underworld music of Rebetika & Amane and draws a representational arc between a lost music and the potential of creativity through ritual. The critical historical inauguration for the project is the fires of Smyrna in 1922. Through these flames, terrible loss of life & human dislocation; out of the horror of destruction, there echoes reaching out, the desire to create. Altar’d Lament points to tradition & summons not only the musicians but the voices of those millions who suffered through the fires of dispossession; to form an imagined sacred space;
Basil Psanoudakis (Bass/Laptop)
Paul Pax Andrews (Saxophone)
Wheldon Thornley (Keyboards)
Tony Monaco (Montage)
Vocals: Georgina Balabini
Visual Arts Installation: Mario Fournaris