Having riffed heavily on Canyons' involvement in 100 Million Nights, it's time to flip the coin and focus on Daniel Boyd whose visual narrative consumes the show's three giant screens and gave inspiration to Canyons' score. An acclaimed Sydney artist with pieces held by the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, MCA, Sydney and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Boyd's work questions the romantic notions that surround the birth of Australia.
Ahead of next Thursday's Melbourne Music Week extravaganza, we meet the man behind the dot, soundtracked by an audio self-portrait of sorts.
100 Million Nights is the innovative new audio-visual experience that sees Canyons and world-renowned local artist Daniel Boyd join creative forces. Last week they announced their debut Sydney headline show, co-headlining the prestigious Sydney Opera House Concert Hall with Battles' Tyondai Braxton for Sydney Festival 2014 on Tuesday 21st January.
Canyons will also premiere the show in Victoria next month for our Modular x Melbourne Music Week show at The Residence on Thursday 21st November.
A new behind the scenes video has popped up online, documenting footage from their first two performances at GoMA (Brisbane) and MoNA's Dark Mofo (Hobart), plus interviews with the band and Daniel Boyd deciphering the spectacular dot imagery and electro-psychedelic score.
We're psyched to be involved in two events for Sydney Festival 2014.
First up, Modular are in full party mode with a special Paradiso happening at Town Hall on Friday 17th January. Headlining the event is the visionary Juan Atkins, a man responsible for pioneering the most influential electronic discography since Kraftwerk. Blurring his name across aliases Cybotron, Model 500 and Infinity to release many classics of sublime Detroit techno, Atkins stands as an undisputed driving force in electronic music. Movement will also be bringing their seductive late night sounds to the stage alongside live from Club Mod's wordlife and Roland Tings, and DJ duo Softwar.
Fast forward to Tuesday 21st January for the exclusive NSW premiere of 100 Million Nights at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall. Canyons collaborate with visual artist Daniel Boyd to create a mesmerising audio-visual experience, performed live as a four piece band, overlooked by three giant connecting screens that showcase Boyd's breathtaking visuals. They'll be joined on the night by HIVE, former Battles frontman and solo artist Tyondai Braxton's multimedia performance/installation.
Tickets are on sale here at 9AM on Monday 28 October.
For our first time as part of the MMW program, Modular are taking the reins of The Residence to showcase an evening of the best emerging Australiana talent.
In an A/V collaboration between Canyons and globally renowned visual artist Daniel Boyd, 100 Million Nights will make its Melbourne debut. Fresh from select shows at GoMA and MONA, this carefully constructed performance will reinterpret Aboriginal and Australian-European history, and explore the subjective reality of what we are taught, and what we believe. Through a video installation across three giant connecting screens, and an original score performed by Canyons as a four-piece band, 100 Million Nights offers an emotive and psychedelic experience for the mind, body and soul.
A raft of Melbourne favourites will also take the stage in support. In their only performances for MMW this year, acid house lab-rat Roland Tings and Chapter Music's futuristic dub/pop duo Standish/Carlyon will play alongside the live tape worn boogie of Andras Fox, with Austinmer's Shining Bird and Club Mod DJs filling in the beats.
A strictly limited number of Early Bird tickets are on sale now. Grab yours here.
Full info on this inaugural winter festival here.
The Canyons boys took their music down a new direction with side-project Pink Gin. Its the culmination of the duo's private stash of rhythm tracks, harkening back to Canyons' early days of warehouse beats & fun club cuts.
Canyons present Pink Gin is a heaving warehouse spirit, distilled from the duo's private rhythm tracks. They're also behind Club Mod #008, a fresh dose of pioneering breakbeat, Dance Mania & Bush Tetras funk. Check out title track 'Blame Me' and stay tuned for more in the coming weeks.
A1. Blame Me
B1. Telephone Funk
B2. Lion Tamer
Modyssey is a trip through recent releases from the Modular Recordings catalogue. Taking in a choice range of singles, remixes and deep album cuts, it includes the likes of Tame Impala, Cut Copy, Canyons, The Presets, Bag Raiders, Pond, Young Dreams and more.
The Mod-centric compilation has been sold exclusively through Urban Outfitters UK (still available). It is now available to the fine people of Europe and the UK via iTunes, Beatport and your favourite record stores.
Tropics is our start the summer, high humidity disco happening at the flourishing canopy that is Nuba in Paris on Wednesday June 19, with Canyons for the first time in Europe, Zombie Zombie live, and DJ Kaos.