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Wed 2 Jul 2008, 8:00pm–11:00pm

Where: St Pauls Gallery, AUT, Level 1, 34 St. Paul Street, Auckland CBD

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $10.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: pippalot

Audio Foundation presents an Alt Music Event . . .

Rafael Toral with Adam Willetts


Rafael Toral was considered in the 1990s "one of the most gifted and innovative guitarists of the decade" (Chicago Reader).

He has collaborated with Jim O'Rourke, John Zorn, Alvin Lucier, Evan Parker, David Toop, Sonic Youth, Fennesz and many others, having played across Europe and the US, Canada and Japan. He's a member of the electronic orchestra MIMEO, alongside Keith Rowe.

To this point, Toral has been known largely for his guitar work, which operated within a particular aural context. With Space, he’s divorced himself entirely from these former concerns, redefining himself as a musician with new instruments and new techniques. Space represents the sort of aesthetic shift that can mark an important moment in an artist’s career.

After 15 years of accomplished work on guitar and electronics, the Portuguese musician, producer and sound engineer announced that he was to embark on a long-term project, which was to be a multi-faceted work-in-progress representing his new approach to music.

It took him three years to find his way into a complete renovation of his music: "For a new endeavor I needed new information, and I discovered that the field of knowledge in music that I had most to learn from was jazz. There is a long line of connections and fusions between jazz and electronic music, and I envisioned that a step beyond would not be more jazz with electronics, but on electronics."

The sounds are generated by self-devised electronic equipment set into action by the performance of gestures, by bodily action. Thus, the music is created by individual decisions in real time and Toral brings a performative aspect to electronic music that it often sorely lacks.

Toral’s musical canvas is much like that of deep space, a monochrome field upon which smaller fragments twinkle and shine, and also – more than ever before – Toral is working with silence in his work, exploring the space between and around the music he makes, and making this void as much a part of the music as the sounds that are heard.

Tearing up the ether and playing with the wreckage, Adam Willetts employs a variety of radio devices along with a homemade analog synth, creating a tactile and physical approach to electronic improvisation that incorporates the wireless space and electrosmog produced by these instruments into both their control and audible output.

Through his use of DIY electronics and radio, and unconventional and subversive uses of computers and game controllers, Adam has established a reputation for dynamic and surprising live performances that carefully balance elements of fragile beauty with violent eruptions of static, electromagnetic interference and feedback.

Adam lives in Christchurch and is also known for his work as a visual artist. He has been performing and exhibiting throughout New Zealand and internationally since the late 1990s featuring at numerous festivals including TransAcoustic 2005, Lines of Flight 2006 and S3D 2007. He will be performing at the International Symposium on Electronic Art in Singapore this July and is currently working on a CD for High Street Project that will be released later this year.


Organised by the Audio Foundation, Altmusic is an ongoing series of audio events, regularly bringing a vital injection of contemporary and avant-garde sound art from around the world to New Zealand.

Previous AltMusic artists include The Necks, Daniel Menche, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Pauline Oliveros, Voice Crack, Francisco Lopez, Philip Jeck, Oren Ambarchi, Metamkine and the Dead C.

The Audio Foundation and Altmusic is supported by St Pauls Gallery, AUT, Creative New Zealand and ASB Trust.

Rafael Toral is supported by Instituto Camões, Direcção-Geral das Artes, Fundação Luso-Americana, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.

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