The Overtone Ensemble will be performing at Mona Foma 2017, in Hobart, Tasmania over three days between Friday January 20 to Sunday January 22nd. We’ll be doing two sets a day (one short – 30 minutes and one long – 45 minutes) within the vast spaces of the MONA Gallery. The acoustics will definitely suit us. Very much looking forward to seeing and hearing Ellen Fullman’s long string performances at MOFO too.
Set Times: https://mofo.net.au/overtone-ensemble
Overtone Ensemble are included in Rolling Stone’s 20 Best Avant Albums of 2016. Number 14 to be precise. There are some great albums in here, so it’s pretty cool to be included..
“Melbourne’s Overtone Ensemble make drone music at its most fragile, intimate and thought-provoking: high-pitched and often more like tinnitus than a song. Playing homemade “vibrissa instuments” that involve stroking aluminum rods, the quartet gently squeals out minimalist, microtonal music that’s totally acoustic – a shimmering, pulsating, clashing long-distance squeak that allows listeners to exploring living, breathing sound waves. Matching the vibrissas with singing bowls and scuba gongs only opens up new sound worlds. For this truly one-of-kind group, it’s not the notes you play, but what the notes do after you play them.”
Short excerpt from our performance at Inland on November 10, 2016.
The last Overtone Ensemble Ensemble show for the year. We’ll be playing some new instruments (“doppler-rod” instruments and longer rod versions of the vibrissa). In fact, we’ll just be playing rods without any percussion so it will be quite a minimalist set. This church has great acoustics so it should be a good one! CD’s will be available on the night. An excellent lineup too..
Church of All Nations, 180 Palmerston Street, Carlton. 8pm $20/12
The Overtone Ensemble album is out now via Important records.
A second release “Longitudes” is available via Cassuana on cassette. This is a live recording of our performance at the Liquid Architecture festival in 2013. Limited edition of 100.
You can purchase these via Important or contacting us here via this site.
Our debut album (recorded in 2014) is coming out via Important Records.
We are very excited to be in the same company as esteemed drone and experimental acts such as Ellen Fullman, Duane Pitre, Harry Bertoia, Catherine Christer Hennix and more.
Release date June 30. CD is available for pre-order now.
You can order, and listen to a track “Adumbration” from the album here:
First Overtone Ensemble show for the year.
Sunday April 26 4-7 pm.
Strange Neighbour Gallery, 395 Gore Street, Fitzroy, 3065.
I am currently at work on re-designing the Vibrissa instruments. Still at the R&D stage, but we are making some good progress so far. I’ve had invaluable assistance from industrial designer friend Denis Smitka. It’s been great having access to professional tools as well as Denis’ skills and insights.
This new design will be easier to assemble, allow different playing heights, rod sizes and easier interchangeability of rods and tuning sets.