"A long-distance yet real-time collaboration, Artifacts sees Nathan Liow (AUS) and Angus Tarnawsky (US) expose sonic phenomena associated with the vast physical network that enables the internet. The improvised work focuses on slowly evolving feedback conversation created by a live acoustic piano performance at West Space Gallery in Melbourne, broadcast immediately to NYC then returned and amplified through speakers and mixed with the existing performance.

Within this process, inaudible sounds become apparent and distortion begins to erode and decay what is heard. The internet itself leaves a unique signature and becomes an organic third party working alongside the artists."

Artifacts was launched as a part of Can we Please play the Internet? exhibition held at West Space Gallery in Melbourne, for Next Wave Arts Festival 2014. This unique exhibition showcased new work by artists who engage with the internet as a ubiquitous presence in projects unfolding both online and in the gallery.






Artifacts is available as a 7" lathe cut through In Context Music. A long play digital download of Artifacts will be available shortly for download via Bandcamp and In Context Music.

This work was made possible by the support of Next Wave Festival, Arts Victoria, Australia Council for the Arts, City of Melbourne and West Space Gallery, and the tireless efforts and visions of arts curator Rosemary Willink.

"Memories form drifting mental movies that blend together and bring heat to the face as you lean it against a bus window on a long nighttime ride. Nimble piano strokes and comps lift, dip, and flutter like angels, sending echoes bouncing off the walls. It’s a lonely feeling. It’s the opposite of, say, having a group of pianists play at the same time. Here, you take the playing of one, set it against itself, and watch as it spider-cracks outward like ice on the lake. Cold, crisp, and clinical; that’s how I like my context. Liow and Tarnawsky bend the corners of time effortlessly, turning a good idea into a great recording.
                ~ Grant Purdum, Tiny Mixed Tapes