Label: Tall Poppies
Cat. No.: TP234
No. Discs: 1
AustraLYSIS Electroband occupies a special place in Australian music. Formed 25 years ago in 1990 by Roger Dean, this trio has carved out a unique territory in pitting acoustic instruments against computer-generated material in live performance. Adventurous improvisation is a major feature of the music. Roger Dean is a well-known pianist and improviser, who also composes most of the music performed by the ensemble. Sandy Evans is one of Australia's great jazz saxophonists, whose musical interests range very widely indeed, from standard jazz to free improvisation to Indian music. Greg White is known for his breadth of approach with computer-generated sounds and atmospheres. Hazel Smith is a poet who contributes text and speaking where required.
Tall Poppies has released all of AustraLYSIS' CDs to date (see catalogue numbers 007, 039, 050, 109, 153, 182 and 225).
Australian novelist and poet David Malouf has written of AustraLYSIS' Tall Poppies CD Moving the Landscape (TP007): 'Track after track commands our attention, not just with the drama of what AustraLYSIS can do, but with the variety of means, instrumentally and rhythmically, and the degree of emotion they are prepared to risk. What I liked best of all was the inwardness these performers develop, the sense we get of their moving off alone, without compromising the drama of interplay; most of all, without ever releasing tension. This is improvisation that offers increased pleasure at every hearing...
Greg White: Processual
Roger Dean: The Blue Bus (with Hazel Smith, voice)
Roger Dean: Harmonic Moves
Roger Dean/Louis Couperin: Remembering Couperin
Roger Dean: Acoustic Remains
Roger Dean: Pulsing
Roger Dean: ElectroTime
Roger Dean: Fifu
Roger Dean: Bus Stops in History
Roger Dean: The Unmade Film
Roger Dean: leader, piano, computer
Sandy Evans: saxophones
Greg White: computer
Hazel Smith: text, performer