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Andrew Yencken : Associate Artist

“In much of my work I’ve aimed to develop a form of musique concrète that is rhythmically fluid and rich in poetic qualities. I’ve always been interested in how sounds can evoke visual images and textures.”

Random Audio Sample: Carousel of light (radiophonic music) by Andrew Yencken, from the CD Double exposure

Andrew Yencken (b. Sydney, Australia, 1963) is a composer, sound artist, guitarist and producer who has contributed work to radio, film, TV, dance and theatre productions in Australia, Europe, and South America. He comes from a visual art and design background. He currently lives in Melbourne.

Between 1992 and 2002 he was a regular freelance contributor to The Listening Room, ABC Radio's acoustic art program.

Over the last 20 years his work for radio has been featured on networks in Australia, Europe and North America. He also received commissions from Studio Akustische Kunst (WDR Germany), Kunstradio (ORF Austria), and Hörspiel und Feature (NDR Berlin).

Works such as Metamorphosis I (1993), The Carousel of Light (1996), Balanço (1996), Magnetic South (1998) and Moon Lagoon Light (1999) all share a preoccupation with movement through a succession of acoustic spaces, their inherent narratives undergoing constant modulation and changes in perspective.

Other works such as Kephisos (1998) made in collaboration with percussionist David Hewitt, explore a range of experimental performance and recording strategies for acoustic instruments. The work was made with the assistance of the New Media Arts Fund of the Australia Council.

In 1999-2001 he travelled extensively throughout Brazil which resulted in the ABC/NDR co-production Boats Of Paper (2000), a work made entirely of Portuguese and English vocal sounds. In 2001 he was based in Brasília and São Paulo, Brazil. His last work for The Listening Room was Before The Rain (2002) which features location recordings from the Brazilian interior, prepared piano, voice, modified acoustic guitars, and percussion.

His most recent work draws on a typically broad palette of acoustic and electronic sound sources that are shaped using a variety of digital and analogue processing and software editing techniques. A series of new works will be released in late 2011 as digital downloads.

Andrew Yencken — current to November 2011