Christopher de Groot

Christopher de Groot is a composer based in Melbourne. His current project is an opera based on the 20-hour video diary of Björk stalker Ricardo Lopez. 

December 2012

Duck Death & The Tulip

 

With years end fast approaching two exciting projects are on the horizon. The first of which is a Barking Gecko production of Duck Death & The Tulip. I will be performing as part of the production's five piece ensemble at the Perth International Arts Festival.

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The second project will be my fourth independent feature film score. Robbie Studsor's The Burning Kiss calls for a score mixed with kitsch 1950s exotica. My bass flute will definitely make an appearance! I'll start writing in the new year.

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September 2012

A video of a recent performance at Melbourne's Make It Up Club 18th September 2012. 

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WAM nomination

I've been nominated for a Western Australian Music Industry award (WAMI) in the experimental category. My work Tetraplegiah  uses  prepared vinyl records and modular synthesizers and was a free improvisation performed at Noizemaschin! 9.

Tetraplegiah can be downloaded with other NM#9 acts here.

August 2012

Mutant Telescope

Commissioned by Western Australian percussionist Joshua Webster Mutant Telescope is a new work for cimbalom.

The piece explores the timbral qualities of the instrument using many different playing techniques both traditional and non traditional. The work will be premiered some time later in the year.

What's a cimbalom? click here

Josh Webster is currently studying his Masters at WAAPA.  His main focus is on the performance of new works for the cimbalom.

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Josh Webster

July 2012

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Ménilmontant Album Release

Performed and recorded at the Astor Theatre in August 2009 my live score for Dimitri Kirsanoff's masterpiece silent film Ménilmontant is now available for download.

Each track of the album is accompanied by a correlating still from the film.

Good Bye Perth ~ Hello Melbourne

After many years living and working in Perth as a musician/composer/teacher I have decided to move to Melbourne.  As of July the 14th I'll be a Victorian. For all you Perthlings wondering... yes the coffee is better in Melbourne!

Sororal Score Complete

Over a year in the making my score for Sam Barrett's Sororal is complete. The final recording sessions were held in St Paul's Church in Manora Perth. The choir sounded amazing. Big thanks to Father Tim Deeter for letting us use his great sounding church, choir director Micheal McCarthy for rallying the troops and score mixer Stuart James from Sound Field Studio for piecing it all together.

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TUV Release Two Albums

The Uncanny Valley release two free live albums:

Translucent Skin (live at Poke The Box)

Zho 99 (live at Club Zho 99)

click here to download them

June 2012

Poke The Box 2

The Triple Threats play Poke The Box at the Velvet Lounge on the 21st of June 2012. The Triple Threats have spent three years accompanying director Glen Hall's improvisational theatre shows. The Threats turn their focus to film, improvising a live score to two Maya Deren silent films: At Land [1944] and Ritual In Transfigured Time [1946].

The Triple Threats are:

Tristen Parr - electric cello, electronics

Callum Moncrieff - Vibraphone, percussion

Christopher de Groot - keyboards, bass flute, musical saw, melodica, turntable

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Club Zho 99

The Uncanny Valley will be playing Club Zho 99 at the Bakery, James Street Perth on the 8th of May 2012.

The Uncanny Valley is an analogue/digital/acoustic trio straddling the boundaries between improvisation and noise music.

The Uncanny Valley is:

Christopher de Groot - Doepfer A-100 modular synthesizer, turntables

Sam Gillies - digital processing

Callum Moncrieff - Percussion and acoustic sound sources

March 2012

Artifactory Residency

As artifactory artist in residence I will be using the hacker space to cut vinyl records using a machine called the Swarfomat. These custom cut records will be pieced back together in weird and wacky combinations. The records will feature in my performance at NoizeMaschin!!! #8 and #9.

February 2012

Sir Thomas Debut Album

Two hot weeks were spent in Margaret River at Lolly Box Studios recording songs for the long anticipated Sir Thomas album. Sir Thomas is a Western Australian band with the unique line-up of piano and vocals, keyboards and electronics, bass and drums. They have been compared to Sigur Ros and have influences including Radiohead, Elbow, Nick Drake, Steve Reich and Philip Glass. Sir Thomas blend driving ostinato rhythms, layered textures and odd time signatures with well crafted lyrics and beautiful melodies.

The album is currently being mixed.

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January 2012

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Rent Or Buy Esoterica

Esoterica has been released on DVD and can now be rented from all great video stores. The film can also be purchased from the following stores:

JB Hi-Fi

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Whole Lot of Brass!

Three days in January were spent recording a 10-piece brass section for my newest film project Sororal. This brass recording is the 3rd stage of a 4 stage recording process:

1) record modular synth

2) record rhythm section

3) record brass section

4) record choir

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