miXile

miXile has been working in the area of Electronic/Ambient Music/Sound/Performance Art since 1986. Now based in Ireland, he grew up and lived in Australia until his mid teens.

Between 1986 and 1990, he performed a number of live visual/sound works in: Triskel Art Centre, Cork, Ireland; Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland; Crawford Gallery, Cork, Ireland and various Arts Festivals in Europe, culminating in the ‘Environmentality in CFC’ performance/sound art work performed in Garter Lane Art Centre, Waterford, Ireland, in 1990.

Setting up one of Ireland’s first Internet companies, studies and young family commitments led to an extended sabbatical from live performance. From the mid to late 1990’s he moved from Performance to Musical Art Pieces, and started working under the name miXile.

On December 29th, 2001, he commenced a twelve month electronic music project based on field recordings made while hiking, incorporating keyboards, guitar and sampled sounds. The resulting work – ‘White Horse’ was released in April 2003.

Since 2001 he has been writing and recording on a continuous basis and completed six albums.

Since the beginning of 2006, miXile has worked on a number of commissioned works including pieces for Cambridge radio in the UK and a work based on the life and writings of Samuel Becket for the ‘Bend it Like Beckett’ CD commissioned by Art Trail.

In June 2006, he commenced a 7 week journey that took him from Perth in Western Australia across the Nullarbor Plain and on to Sydney before travelling north to Noosa in Queensland and back to Sydney.

Along the way several hundred hours of audio field recordings were made to be used as part of a series of albums and events.

In October & November 2006, miXile performed a series of live concerts that used some of the initial field recordings made while travelling across Australia.

In March 2008 he travelled again to Australia to carry out field recordings in Northern Queensland, specifically the tropical rain forest national park of Magnetic Island.

At this time miXile decided to take a break from traditional gallery/cathedral work and spend a few years taking ‘sound art’ or experimental and ambient music into music locations where they would not normally be found. His goal was to bring his music to regular and dance music festivals. The desire beingto allow audiences at ‘chill stages’ a chance to hear something maybe more challenging than would normally be present.

In July 2008, He played the ‘Life Festival’ in Ireland, one of Europe’s premier Electronic music festivals. He also played at the Unsound festival in Krakow, Poland. This was to promote the Nullarbor (2008) album.

2009 miXile played a number of festivals in Ireland as well as being invited to perform at the Transylvania Calling Festival in Romania. In Transylvania he premiered some new music based on travels in Queensland, Australia. This Transylvanian performance was recorded and went on to form the basis for his Nossa Sunrise album released early 2010.

In 2010, he again played a number of festivals, galleries around Ireland to promote the release of the Noosa Sunrise album and to experiment with new material. miXile was privileged to be invited to perform at Trinity College Dublin. In Autumn he premiered a new work called ‘Europa’ at the Gateways festival, Ireland and Soma Gallery, Ireland the following day.

In October 2010, miXile commenced work on a new project to be based around travels in Berlin, Germany. As of May 2012 he had travelled to record in Berlin four times. Each visit to Berlin allowed him to carry out field recordings in specifically chosen locations. These locations were revisited at various times of the year. A new set of musical pieces were developed from the recordings and his impressions of the locations visited. He structured the music in such a way that each synthesised instrument used could be cut into small sections and rearranged so that every performance would be a development of the last and include small

From June 2011 till September 2012 miXile performed the Berlin material at 19 festivals and events in France, Ireland, Romania and Netherlands as well as a streamed concert to locations around the world. He was also privileged to perform for two nights at Ireland’s largest music festival, the Electric Picnic and play the Ambiosonic music festival, France for 2 years in a row.

In October 2012 miXile began mixing the results of the previous year’s work into what will become a live album. The album will be made up of the 19 performances all edited together into 9 tracks. Projected release date is Spring 2013.

Planned new projects for 2013 include writing new music about some of the locations he has visited in the last 2 years and places that he experiences this year while performing.