Simona Castricum is a musician and Ph.D. candidate in architecture at the University of Melbourne. Her practice explores non-binary and borderline spaces between belonging, euphoria, desolation and aggression—tied together by narratives of gender nonconformity, queer cities and relationships. Through music, performance, typography and image-making, Simona’s creative praxis centres catharsis and empathy to reflect upon effective conditions and provoke transformative reflections in liminal space.
Sonya is a classically-trained improviser and experimental vocalist known for her striking performances of major vocal works and transfigurative improvisations.
She uses vast techniques and gestures to highlight the fullest capabilities of the voice as a material of artistic expression; shaping colour, texture and line into pattern and form. Surpassing genre and expressionism, she is guided by a process of deep listening and reverence for ‘the moment’.
Stone Fruit is a collaboration between Simangolwa Simunji and Soleh Yoga. Sim is a Zambian producer and rapper under the names Seayams and Young Void based in Western Sydney. He also hosts an online radio show Snug Radio. Sol is an Indonesian vocalist, DJ and producer raised in Western Sydney. Their work explores themes of Muslim identity.
The Splinter Orchestra, formed around 2002, is a Sydney based large-scale ensemble, consisting of a fluctuating number of members with various backgrounds: improvisation, jazz, classical, electronic, electro-acoustic, sound art, visual art, environmental sound, acoustic ecology and field recording. Despite its size (which can be 30+) the Splinter Orchestra tends towards individually minimal contributions and the ensemble is based on a social, democratic, gender equal, and non-egotistical view towards cooperation via improvisation, conceptual ideas and site-specific conditions. Every Splinter Orchestra performance unfolds a unique improvisational sonic ecology combining highly developed music skills with thoroughly experimental sound-making and an intuitive compositional repertoire built from years of collective engagement.
Cult circuit bending band Toy Death modify children's electronic toys and wear human-sized cartoonish costumes to create a show like no other. Toydeath produce live music from their tortured treasure-trove of modified children toys including guitars, talking dolls and alphabet apples resulting in a surreal deluge of colour and craziness. Toydeath is part performance, part music and features hilarious toyworld pranksters: Dr Bitey, Agent Orange and Super Dad. Get ready for some hyperactive hootenanny as they unleash the contents of a toy box six-year-olds would kill for!
In Jalleh’s work false worlds act as composites of multiple times and new fictional realities to reimagine the everyday and explore attitudes towards the digital. Through a process of combining photographs with hundreds of Google images, Jalleh constructs virtual installations that merge architectural, cinematic and video game aesthetics into immersive hyper-realities. Tristan is collaborating with MANA to produce a multi-screen AV experience for the Marsden Gallery.
UNDER A offers 'barebone' industrial beats inspired by early acid techno, hardcore and growing up in South Africa and West Sydney. Expect big walls of sound and pulsating waves countered by heavy kick rhythms and sporadic percussion all produced by stretching the limits of his minimal analog equipment.
Planet Mu label boss, Warp alumni and Aphex Twin collaborator µ-Ziq is making his exclusive Australian appearance at SOFT CENTRE 2018. Considered one of the founding fathers of Britain’s late 90’s braindance/IDM scene, Mike Paradinas has since released over 350 records on Planet Mu, including seminal albums by Luke Vibert, Jlin, Venetian Snares and Ital Tek. Mike’s live A/V show will be a genre-hopping sonic storm of past experiments and new material.
Ziúr’s music beckons you into an alternate world. Pitched up pop music gives way to a death metal blast beat. Strange elfin voices sing over spiralling rhythms that feel like entire structures moving. Ziúr’s subversive productions and bewildering DJ sets have landed her on the esteemed Discwoman roster. With recent releases on Planet Mu and Objects Limited, she’s quickly become one of the most in demand names in the experimental club scene.