Aum's Soundscape arrival

AMBIENT: Jeremy Graham, half of Hamilton electronic music duo Aum.
AMBIENT: Jeremy Graham, half of Hamilton electronic music duo Aum.

The Soundscape music festival hits Hamilton again this Saturday and among the more than 40 acts performing are Hamilton duo Aum.

Aum comprises of Jeremy Graham and Daryl Turner, and unlike other DJs, all their music to be played at Soundscape was created by them.

The pair, both in traditional bands before they got involved with electronic music, will also incorporate live instruments into their set, sometimes playing the guitar or keys along with pre-recorded tracks.

Soundscape, R18, will close off part of Alexandra St with acts performing on seven stages in surrounding nightclubs and on the street. It will be Aum's first live gig for a while, as Graham has been in Ireland and  returned only recently.

 Graham and Turner met while studying music production at Wintec and began making music together, first playing electric and bass guitars in a psychedelic dub band in 2006, then after a two-year hiatus the duo were inspired to move into the broad genre of electronic music. In 2009 they released their debut LP Aletheia.

Their distinct sound varies from ambient works, to chilled-out downbeat, to dubstep and drum and bass.

''In a nutshell it's ambient kind of stuff, rolling funky drums and of course the sub  bass and then what we put around that depends on our mood at the time. I played keys and the bass guitar for years and so those elements often come into it as well,'' said Graham.

''We are originally musicians and we wanted to make a live show of only our stuff. What we try to do is half way between DJing and playing live music. That extra live element means there is an element of improv as well.''

The last Soundscape, held in March sold out with 3900 attending but organiser Greg Stack said this had the potential to be the biggest Soundscape yet, with 4500 tickets up for grabs. Organisers have also secured an extended 4am liquor licence.

''We are really happy with the support from the council. We always thought  council was there to support events coming to the city and they have proven that by helping us.''

Mr Stack said this was the first Soundscape where they were pushing live music and one of the highlights would be a rare acoustic set performed by Tiki Taane who would also MC over DJ Downtown Brown. There are also international acts such as Dem Slackers (Netherlands), DLR and Octane (UK), as well as big national names like Aural Trash and Sam Hill.


- Soundscape, Saturday July 16, tickets $20 for a first-release ticket, $30 for a second release, from iticket and Texas Radio. Students $15 from Waikato Student Union

Hamilton Press