Australian Council of the Arts (AU) / Queensland University of Technology (AU) / Ars Electronica (AT)
In cooperation with the Australian Council of the Arts and Queensland University of Technology, the Ars Electronica Festival provided the stage for a special all Australian closing performance by SynapeSense and special guests Lena Avaxa and Yanto Browning.
Experimental musicians, Lena Avaxa and Yanto Browning, came together for a first time collaboration involving real-time sound composition, instrumental improvisation and the creative repurposing of the QUT Ars Electronica Futurelab Academy ‘Synapsense Stage’ – a dynamic snyth playground of ropes and giant circuit board sensors for audience interaction. It was a fitting and experimental finale for the 2017 event and the farewell setting for the many local and international artists, technicians and producers that make it happen.
AVAXA is a designer, DJ and producer creating her own unique sonic landscape. Lena weaves bass, dark beats and synths with light and ethereal ambience threads. In her hybrid performances Lena is a DJ and musician using triggered samples, vocals, decks and a keytar to generate one off soundscapes that lead you through an expansive and melodic electro, down narrow corridors of techno and into deep house. Fixated by the search for new sound, AVAXA creates an immersive experience; always looking ahead to see how the aural sphere can be reinvented.
Yanto Browning is a Brisbane based producer, educator and musician with a strong background in performance and production. His research has seen him develop, design and produce several creative sites of inquiry, investigating gestural control of electronic instruments and concepts of play, centered around the creation of active musical spaces incorporating audience participation and co-creation. Yanto coordinates the music production program at Queensland University of Technology. As a musician he has performed at festival such as Big Day Out and Splendour in the Grass.
This project has been assisted by the Australian government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.