Tura Adapts 2020 Commissioning

@TheRoots: Erasers

Corridor

Erasers

Blending field recordings from Perth wetlands and coast with sounds from the home, synthesiser drones, and vocal loops, this work captures the essence of time in isolation.

Corridor by Erasers was commissioned as part of the Tura Adapts 2020 Commissions @TheRoots – see more commissions here.


Notes from the Composer

For the past year and a half Erasers (Rebecca Orchard & Rupert Thomas) have lived beside a neighbouring patch of bushland that contributes to the Cockburn Community Wildlife Corridor – a bushland and wildlife corridor on Noongar Boodja that connects the Beeliar Wetlands with the Indian Ocean, land that was recently threatened by the proposed Roe 8 highway, and home to the majestic Ngoolark (Carnaby Cockatoo).

The days are marked with a walk through the corridor each dawn and dusk, exploring with our dog Honey. Time spent at home has become gentle and slow, with daily rituals of walking, making coffee, spending time in the kitchen with the windows open, punctuated by the flock of Ngoolark that fly overhead at similar times each afternoon. Their feasting on seeds in the trees over the back fence so distinct, we thought we heard raindrops on the concrete or the crackle of a fire.

This piece blends field recordings from walks through the corridor spanning the wetlands to the ocean, captured on a tape recorder, intertwined with sounds from the domestic space, synthesiser drones and vocal loops familiar to Erasers’ sound, depicting our time spent in isolation in Perth, Western Australia.


Erasers

Forming as a home recording project in 2009, Perth based Erasers (Rebecca Orchard, Rupert Thomas) released a steady flow of CD-R’s, tapes, and a 7” before eventually releasing their debut full length ‘Stem Together’ in 2015. In 2017 the duo followed up with a tape release ‘Fault Lines’, originally recorded as a soundtrack commissioned by FBi radio’s Ears have Ears. In 2019 they released two significant works, a five-track EP ‘Forecast’ and their second full length ‘Pulse Points’.

In the live sphere, Erasers have shared the stage with the likes of Low, Grouper, Acid Mothers Temple, Prince Rama, High Wolf, My Disco, and Pikelet. In 2016 the duo embarked on a New Zealand tour and supported Methyl Ethel on their sold-out Australian tour in 2017. In June/July 2019 Erasers set out on their first European tour, spanning Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, and the UK.

Since forming over a decade ago, repetition, melody, and mood have remained central to Erasers’ sound, while maintaining a DIY ethos through home recording, producing all artwork, and often self-releasing through their label Pouring Dream.

erasers.bandcamp.com


Acknowledgements

Tura acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land and community. We pay our respect to them and their cultures, and to their Elders past, present and emerging.

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Tura New Music’s annual program is supported by the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, in association with Lotterywest and The Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding advisory body.