The WIRED Lab has hosted workshops and performances by a wide range of musicians and artists. To view workshops, events and activities by date visit the Events & Activities section.
Oren Ambarchi is an electronic guitarist and drummer with longstanding interests in transcending conventional instrumental approaches. He was born in Sydney, Australia in 1969 to a Sephardi Jewish family originally from Iraq. He has been performing music live since 1986. He was a member of noise band Phlegm with Robbie Avenaim, with whom he now co-organises the What Is Music Festival. His work focuses mainly on the exploration of the guitar, though he also plays percussion in some of his live performances. He has toured with drone doom band Sunn O))) as well as releasing an EP with Attila Csihar and Sunn O)))’s Greg Anderson under the name Burial Chamber Trio. Ambarchi also works in popular music contexts and is a drummer for the group Sun with vocalist Chris Townend.
One of Australia’s electronic pioneers, from 1979 – 1985 Garry was a member of the seminal electronic post-punk band ‘Severed Heads’ and appeared on the albums ‘Since the Accident’, ‘City Slab Horror’, ‘Blubberknife’, ‘Clifford Darling’, ‘Please Don’t Live In The Past’. Garry has also produced works that appeared on labels as diverse as Ink Records, Network and Virgin Australia.
In 1988 he released his first solo album, ‘Drug Induced Sex Rituals’. His project with Jason Gee, Size, released the album ‘Actual Size’ in 1997. This was followed by ‘Ruffini Corpuscle’ (2003) and ‘Instant Oblivion’ (2005), released on Dual Plover. For six years Garry curated E.A.R., the experimental music program of the Big Day Out, Sydney. Throughout the late 90′s and more recently Garry composed music and sound design for art performance and theatre productions such as Sydney Theatre Company’s ‘King Lear’ (2001), ‘Macbeth’ (2002), ‘The Tempest’ (2003) and ‘The Narrow House’ for Performance Space in 2004. Garry performed at the opening night of the 2009 Liquid Architecture festival in Sydney and recently performed at the #2 of the Auraltered State series (2010) at Carriage Works in Sydney.
Dean Frenkel, is based in the Dandenong ranges of regional Victoria. Dean studied anthropology at University and began teaching himself throat singing in the early 90s. Dean has studied the various different forms of throat singing found around the world and is currently researching a book on the topic. Dean has many music releases on Move records and runs regular singing workshops around Australia, he says anyone can do it “You’re blocking most of the fundamental sound in order to accentuate a fraction of that sound,” he explains. Dean is also a World Record holder – On the Denton ABC TV show in 2007 he smashed the world record for singing a continuous note, almost doubling the previous record time in his 56.92 seconds. Dean has performed at Womadelaide, with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir, ANAT’s National Conference, the International Voice Symposium, ‘Physics of the Didgeridoo’ (1998-2007) at Melbourne University.
New Zealand musician Jeff Henderson. Known for gigging with his handmade instruments such as a cigar box guitar, leaf ‘instruments’ and banjo, Jeff traverses musical boundaries and entertains. Yet Jeff also has a healthy appetitive for the satirical improvisation of music and instruments. Jeff was last sighted @ The Wired Lab site playing a tin watering can with his clarinet mouthpiece.
Jeff is an integral part of the New Zealand improvised music scene. He is one of the true master saxophonists (and a dab hand at other instruments). Jeff has founded venues that cater for specialist, obscure, and avant-garde performance; firstly the Space, and when that closed, Happy. Jeff and his venues have been responsible for fostering Wellington underground music and bringing many amazing musicians into the country. Jeff has played with Marilyn Crispell, Evan Parker, Han Bennink, William Parker and other giants over the years. He is been a part of numerous groups in Wellington, including Stroma, the Melancholy Babes and the Ortiz Funeral Directors.
Colin Offord is a singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, inventor of original instruments, designer of musical theatre pieces and visual artist. Of Anglo-Celtic heritage, his extensive travels and many collaborations have led him to a synthesis of the artistic and philosophical influences of western avant-garde and folk music, experimental Jazz, East Asian, Aboriginal Australian and Pacific island art forms. His activities include solo concerts, ensemble performances, environmental works, cross cultural collaborations, the developing and building of original instruments, scores for theatre, new media, circus, film and dance, special events, concerts and workshops, community projects and exhibitions of visual art.
Chris Watson is a musician and sound recordist specialising in natural history. His work as a sound wildlife sound recordist includes both work for television documentaries and experimental musical collaborations. Watson was a founding member of two influential experimental music groups, Cabaret Voltaire and The Hafler Trio, and since the 1980′s has worked as a sound recordist specialising in nature and the natural world around us. He records wildlife, the sounds of animals and habitats from around the globe. Watson has recorded and produced the sound for a number of acclaimed documentary series such as David Attenborough’s “The Life of Birds and The Life of Mammals” films, “The Big Cat Diary” and Bill Oddie’s “Wildside” bird watching series. He is a renown BBC sound recordist and artist working all over the world. He has worked extensively throughout Central & South America which habitates over half of the planets wildlife.
Watson has released three solo albums of field recordings: Outside the Circle of Fire, Stepping into the Dark (which won an Award of Distinction at the 2000 Prix ARS Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria), and Weather Report. He has also released a variety of works in collaboration with other artists, including Star Switch On, a collaboration with Mika Vainio of Pan Sonic, Hazard, Fennesz, AER, and Biosphere. In 2006 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Technology degree by the University of the West of England “in recognition of his outstanding contribution to sound recording technology, especially in the field of natural history and documentary location sound”.