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Martin Ng, Oren Ambarchi, Tina Frank, Robin Fox

Martin Ng, Oren Ambarchi, Tina Frank, Robin Fox

A Brief History of Ambarchi and Ng

Since 2000, Australian electronic composers Oren Ambarchi and Martin Ng have produced electronic works based upon the fluid architectural modulation of harmonics and resonances. Recalling the landmark experiments in sound phenomenology of the Sonic Arts Union (Robert Ashley, David Behrman, Alvin Lucier and Gordon Mumma), the music also evokes the focussed harmonic meditations of the Buddhist spiritual canon (in particular, the Tibetan monastic traditions). An enigmatic tapestry of harmonics pulse, shimmer and shift like spectral lucencies to unfurl, in glacial time, a sublime architecture of resonant sonorities. The aesthetics of the works explores the sonic boundary between acoustic and electronic articulations.

Eschewing the conventional aesthetic and structural principles which govern most contemporary computer music (i.e. glitches, post-techno rhythms etc), Ambarchi and Ng seek to navigate new territories in electronic composition by grappling with questions posed by ancient (as well as 20th century) composers. Reconnaissance represents a subtle and compelling realignment of Eastern and Western minimalist traditions.

Throughout their partnership, Ambarchi and Ng have collaborated with renowned digital visual artist Tina Frank to develop compelling record cover art and to present an integrated audiovisual work which sits somewhere in the realm of new abstract cinema and, is a transcendence of minimalist abstract expressionism into a new (digital) domain.

Selected Discography

  • Oren Ambarchi and Martin Ng – Vigil (CD/CD-rom, Quecksilber 01, Germany), 2003. Featuring videos by Tina Frank.
  • Oren Ambarchi and Martin Ng - Reconnaissance (CD and LP, Staubgold, Germany (Staubgold 015)), 2001. Featuring cover by Tina Frank

The Artists – A Brief Background

Oren Ambarchi is an Australian electronic musician and guitarist. His work focuses mainly on the exploration and electroacoustic transformation of the guitar using a variety of analog and digital methods, "re-routing the instrument into a zone of alien abstraction where it is no longer easily identifiable as itself. Instead, it is a laboratory for extended sonic investigation". (THE WIRE, UK). His solo guitar releases have transcended the guitar into a zone of alien beauty and sonic impossibilities to critical acclaim, cumulating in an Honorary Mention in the Prix Ars Electronica (Linz) 2003. Ambarchi is also co-founder and co-organiser of the What Is Music? Festival, Australia’s premier showcase of local and international experimental music.

Martin Ng is a Sydney-based electronic musician with longstanding interests in sound recombination and, in developing “molecular” approaches to music creation. Much of his work has focused upon redefining the sonic frontiers of the DJ by denaturing the turntable and “taking ‘extended technique’ into a realm where virtually any sound making potential that the instrument possesses is open to exploitation”(Will Montgomery,THE WIRE, UK, 2004). His work has been featured internationally, such as at the Centre Pompidou (Paris), Sonar (Barcelona) and Queen Elizabeth Hall (London) on invitation of the London Musicians’ Collective and Arts Council of England etc. Always uncompromisingly adventurous, his releases, spanning tour-de-force cybernetic turntablist excursions to glacial harmonic compositions, have been met with global acclaim.

Tina Frank has been an international standard-bearer for many artists working in digital visual arts. Her work for Vienna’s celebrated Mego likely needs no introduction to those acquainted to the electronic arts – it has become one of the defining visual elements in digital art over the last decade; a house-style in the best sense of words - it is underpinned by a sense of constant re-invention and change. Her video works often feature her trademark stripped-down abstract structures of shapes and light, color and pixels. Nevertheless her work is always trying to correlate with the real sense of life, employing abstraction as a means to grasp complex relations. She has contributed numerous digital visual works to large-scale events such as Ars Electronica (Linz) and, Sonar (Barcelona). In 2002, Japanese publisher “Gas” curated a DVD “best of” sampler of Frank’s video works spanning 1995-2002 entitled “Fuzzy Motion”, featuring work from the Reconnaissance project.

Robin Fox information coming soon.