On Thursday night we’re screening Samsara (2011), a visual odyssey that will transport you all around the world. Before the screening we will have a special musical performance from the group EYE. They’re a three-piece but drummer Matthew has to travel to Tasie so on Thursday it will be a two-piece; Toby and Brice.
They play drone music based on natural and environmental sound phenomena to create improvised audiovisual experiences. They take influence from many music traditions as varied as Hindustani raags, modal jazz, American minimalism, punk, psych
We spoke to Toby about EYE and here’s what he had to say,
“The concept with our band is that we always play in conjunction with some video component (making these Astor gigs highly fortuitous). Brice and I make videos to perform with, Brice’s films are all analogue and mine are all digital.
Our tonality is based upon naturally/incidentally occurring structures and sound objects, such as the harmonic series. if at all possible we like to tune to either 50Hz, the frequency of electricity in Australia, or use a Schumann resonance (a set of peaks in earth’s electromagnetic frequencies).“
If you want to find out more, here’s some 3D footage of their first gig:
More can be found here:
They were performing to flyscreen, an experimental film by Richard Tuohy. Richard runs a collective called Artist Film Workshop which Brice is a member of. The group specialise in analogue film technologies, pretty much exclusively using 16mm film. Head here for the full audio of that set.
Samsara screens Thursday March 6th at 8pm. EYE will perform before the screening. All tickets $12.