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Thembi Soddell & Anthea Caddy


June 7, 2012
CD, Digital, Streaming

“The fusion of these different kinds of electroacoustic presage cracks our fake tranquillity, dragging us into an uncertain kind of awareness that doesn’t admit the presence of danger but at the same time almost expects it with unpronounceable pleasure.” – Touching Extremes

For their second major recording project Host, Australian sound artists Anthea Caddy and Thembi Soddell rigorously shape aural representations of physical environments to express psychological experience.

Recorded in scientifically controlled spaces and unpredictable natural and man-made environments, sampler and cello interact to generate acoustically opposing atmospheres. 

Interwoven with abstracted found sounds, instrument and environment merge to create a dynamic interplay between physical reality, sensory perception and psychological interpretation. Host presents an edition of tense electroacoustic compositions that define new, dense, and sonically detailed environments that highlight and shadow the interaction between human psyche and the physical world. 

Anthea Caddy and Thembi Soddell have been said to be a “formidable duo” (The Wire) that “deliver a strong and convincing product” (Phosphor Magazine). Since the release of their first collaborative album, Iland, in 2006, they have been commissioned for a number of multichannel concert presentations and gallery installations (Immersion, Melbourne 2008; Westspace Gallery, Melbourne 2009; Parisonic Festival, Paris, 2011); performed internationally at venues and festivals such as Instants Chavirés (Paris), Cave 12 (Geneva), Vibra @ OCCC (Valencia), Café Oto (London), La Malterie (Lille), WORM (Rotterdam), Hörkunstfestival (Erlangen), and Biegungen Festival (Berlin); and regularly participate in major Australian experimental music festivals such as Liquid Architecture and The Now Now. Their work is also discussed in the book Experimental Music: Audio Explorations in Australia, published by UNSW Press in 2008.