12 December 2012
With Adam Willetts
12 December 2012. Free entry.
‘Imbogodom's music can feel like walking inside a strange house at night and finding yourself momentarily startled by the sound of your own breath. Equal parts psych-folk songsmithery and musique concrète’ – Pitchfork
Imbogodom is the duo of Alexander Tucker and NZ’s Daniel Beban (Orchestra of Spheres, Siign of the Hag). The group started when Beban was working night shifts as a sound engineer at the BBC World Service in London. The two would spend endless nights deep in the basement of the World Service headquarters, Bush House, dusting off old reel-to-reel tape machines, conducting tape loop experiments and creating eerie sound worlds with foley devices, found objects and instruments.
Rekindling the almost extinguished flame of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop (think Dr Who theme), the duo’s sound was formed by the limitations of the outdated equipment and ghostly, subterranean atmosphere of Bush House.
Imbogodom have released two albums on Thrill Jockey, The Metallic Year, and They Turned Not When They Went. Both albums display the duo’s fascination with sound experiments and songwriting and have received much critical acclaim. For this NZ tour they are recreating the BBC sound studios kiwi style, complete with old reel-to-reel machines, foley objects and psychedelic atmospheres. Included in their tour is a special show in the immensely resonant entrance hall of the Wellington Train Station.
‘Imagine the cracked surface of an uninhabited planet. Imagine the red sky. Imagine that the wind there carries sounds along with bits of celestial dust — dreamy sounds, haunted sounds, maybe even tragic sounds. Surreal? Absolutely, and so are the soundscapes of Imbogodom’
– Tiny Mix Tapes