This Eclectrocasts podcast features Bungendore, NSW Australian sound sculpture artist, Instrument builder, and experimental synth noise drone musician Brian McNamara, who publishes his music under Cup & Bow and his instrument designs as Rarebeasts.
Brian McNamara mixes his passions for music, electronics and sculpture into unique objects that should need no explanation to play or experience but convey a deeper meaning in the context of their surroundings.
Brian McNamara builds a range of experimental instruments, with a focus on both autonomous soundart sculptures and interactive installation instruments that require the engagement of multiple people or unusual kinetic movements to be played. His instruments include computer programmed elements, percussion, found sounds from used electronics and purpose designed oscillators.
A key feature of Brian McNamara's work is audience movement and participation. Art functions best when the art space is inclusive of the public so through his exploration of experimental sounds he uses engagement with the audience as a medium to convey ideas. These explorations include the link between the environment and technology, our own movement around the planet with movement of those fleeing war torn areas and the link between our own minds and those we try to create in machines.
Brian McNamara was a national finalist for the Etsy design awards for his soundart piece The EMDS synth (2015) and won the ReArt peoples choice award for the Automaphone (2015) an autonomous device that interprets drawings into music.
We spoke with Brian McNamara via Skype on 9 July, 2017.
You can follow, find information about, and purchase Brian McNamara's music and instruments at the following websites:
VIVID Creative Sidney 2011 presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F35vTbZK4pU