Sonic Animation

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Sonic Animation
Origin Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Genres
Years active
  • 1994 (1994)–2006 (2006)
  • (2011 (2011)–present
Labels
Associated acts Scarlet Garden
Website sonicanimation.com
Members
  • Adrian Cartwright
  • Bosco Martin
  • Ronnie Winter
  • Jason Einstein
  • Primus Baxter
Past members
  • Steve Bertschik
  • Rupert Keiller
  • Mark Saul
  • Richard Falkner
  • Erica Mclean

Sonic Animation (stylised as sonicanimation) are an Australian dance, techno musical group which were formed by Adrian Cartwright on keyboards, drums and programming and Rupert Keiller on lead vocals and programming in 1994 year. They have released five studio albums, Silence Is Deafening (May 1997), Orchid for the Afterworld (October 1999), Reality by Deception (2002), Defective Perspective (2004) and Once More from the Bottom (8 March 2013). Their highest charting single, "Love Lies Bleeding" (1999), reached the top 50 on the ARIA Singles Chart. Both Orchid for the Afterworld and Reality by Deception peaked in the top 50 of the related albums chart. The group disbanded in 2006 and then reformed in 2011.

History[edit]

Sonic Animation were formed in Melbourne by Steve Bertschick as a DJ, Adrian Cartwright on drums, keyboards and programming and Canadian-born Rupert Keiller on lead vocals and programming in 1994.[1][2][3] Cartwright on drums and Keiller on vocals were both members of Scarlet Garden, a rock group formed in the early 1990s in Geelong.[2][4] The pair had met as employees at a local graphic design business.[4]

Cartwright recalled "I absolutely hated dance music ... But Rupert took me to a rave, and that was it for me. I'd always thought that dance music was so minimalist and easy, but when you get into it it's actually quite intricate and complex. I loved that. And then when we heard what Underworld were doing with vocals, we wanted to do that, too."[4] In 1995 Sonic Animation released their debut single, "Time Is an Illusion", on a self-funded independent label.[2][5] They followed with three extended plays, From Sand to Stars (1995), Zero Zero Zero Zero One (1995) and Force Feed (May 1997).[3][6]

Their debut studio album, Silence Is Deafening, was issued on Azwan Transmissions in May 1997.[7] All the tracks were written, produced and engineered by Sonic Animation. At that time they were using a 386 computer for programming.[8] In March 2002 Keiller recalled how "people would yell out 'nice one 386!', cos you know, we didn't really do anything, it was all just the computer. There are still some people that hold that view but we don't see it as much because of the kind of shows we play these, days."[8] Bertschik left the group in 1998 to "pursue his own musical interests."[7] The band signed with a new label: Global Recordings / Festival / FIIDO.[7]

In January 1999 the group issued a single, "Love Lies Bleeding", which reached the ARIA Singles Chart top 50.[9] Jasper Lee of Oz Music Project felt that it "builds up into full blown dance goodness with no doubt an anthem to club culture with the main vocal".[10] Its lyrics contain a reference to illegal drugs, "I feel ecstasy".[10] This initially concerned Keiller "I used to be worried about that sort of stuff — I don't know why — but nothing so far has happened."[8] Their next single, "Didley Squat", did not chart.[8][11]

"Theophilus Thistler" was released as a single in August 1999, which received high rotation on national radio station, Triple J,[12] its popularity was assisted by the track's associated music video.[13] The video featured their two mascots, or TechoTubbies, dubbed Robert Roley and Theophilus Thistler.[2] At live performances the mascots' suits are worn by two fans selected by the band via their web site.[8] "Theophilus Thistler" appeared on the ARIA Singles Chart top 100 and was listed at No. 18 on the Triple J Hottest 100, 1999, in a listeners poll.[11][12]

The group's second studio album, Orchid for the Afterworld, was issued on 11 October 1999 on Festival Mushroom Records, which peaked at No. 42 on the ARIA Albums Chart in April of the following year.[9][11] It also reached No. 11 on the ARIA Dance Top 25 Albums chart.[11] In 2005 the album was certified gold for shipment of 35,000 copies by ARIA.[14] Lee attended their gig in April 2000 at Macquarie University, he noticed "a weird mix of a rave and a mosh, with those up the front of the crowd firmly squashed in against the foldback speakers. Nonetheless everyone was having a great time, and enjoyed what Sonic Animation had to offer."[15]

Sonic Animation's third studio album, Reality by Deception, was released on 4 February 2002, which peaked at No. 22 on the ARIA Albums Chart and No. 6 on the ARIA Dance chart.[9][16] Lee felt the album "pares back the more commercially-friendly vocals... in favour of more straight trance-light tracks more akin to their clubbing roots... [They] have flowed with a different aim in mind that has seen a decent, although not terribly inspiring release."[17] It provided the singles, "E-Ville" (October 2001),[11] "I'm a DJ" (February 2002)[18] and "Super Showbiz Star" (April 2002).[17] "I'm a DJ" was listed at No. 74 on the Triple J Hottest 100, 2002.[19]

Defective Perspective (9 February 2004) is the band's fourth studio album, which provided the singles, "This Is not a Love Poem" and "Get Up".[20][21] "This Is not a Love Poem" was based on lyrics by Philip Norton.[22] Leasa de Klerk of InTheMix felt that the two CDs provided a "sheer variety of styles and sounds that are on the album. The guys are really showing their flexibility in their lastest offering."[23]

Sonic Animation announced their break-up in mid-2005 with the release of compilation album, Eleven (September 2005), which appeared on the ARIA Dance Albums Chart top 25.[24] It was followed by the Bugger Off tour. They made their last festival appearance at the Big Day Out in 2006 (Australian shows only).

In 2011 Cartwright and Keiller revealed a new Sonic Animation remix for world music outfit, Delhi 2 Dublin. They announced that they were back in the studio recording their next album.[25] In March 2013, after an almost six-year hiatus, sonic animation is releasing their fifth studio album, "Once More from the Bottom". Adam Barbuto of Reverb noticed that "you get the feeling the lads from Sonic Animation have thrown their all into these songs and take this comeback super seriously. To somewhat refute any lack of confidence buyers may have had in the naming of the album, Once More from the Bottom, I can safely say SonicAnimation are anywhere near it. In fact I’d say they are back on track and heading for those big city lights."[26] Rip It Up!'s Simone Keenan felt that "Although there’s plenty of odd-ball tracks ... there is some quality too like the hip hop/dubstep 'Punk on the Dance Floor' (which sounds better than the title may suggest) and 'Take It from Me' which features guest vocals from Canadian songstress Sexton Blake. Dub, techno, funk, house... You’ll find all of it on here."[27] The album provided the single, "I Will Be Twisted"; its music video was created with fan-submitted footage taken on cell phones at the 2012 Homebake festival.

Members[edit]

Sonic animation are:

  • Adrian Cartwright
  • Rupert Keiller

with:

  • Steve Bertschik (circa 1994 - 1998)
  • Mark Saul (circa 1999-2001)
  • Richard Falkner (circa 2002-2004)
  • Erica Mclean (circa 2004 - 2006)
  • Sexton Blake aka Nadine Tremblay (circa 2012-2013)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Album Information Track Listing
Silence is Deafening[28] Released: 1997
  • Label: Azwan Transmissions
  • Format: EP, CD
  • Genre: Trance
  • 1. Chasing The Dragonfly (5:44)
  • 2. The Other End Of Somewhere (7:18)
  • 3. Switchblade (6:35)
  • 4. Preacher (10:51)
  • 5. Random² (6:46)
  • 6. Sbass Station 1 (8:34)
  • 7. .......? (2:15)
  • 8. Doctor Alien God (9:01)
  • 9. Tralfamadore (7:52)
  • 10. Silence Is Deafening (8:48)
Orchid for the Afterworld[29] Released: Oct 1999
  • Label: Global Recordings
  • Format: CD
  • Genre: Big Beat

CD 1 - orchid disk

  • 1. I Funk Therefore I Am (6:48)
  • 2. Didley Squat (4:23)
  • 3. Theophilus Thistler (3:54)
  • 4. Pull The Trigger (4:41)
  • 5. Constipation (6:26)
  • 6. Is That A Tear? (5:27)
  • 7. Love Lies Bleeding (7:11)
  • 8. I'm Afraid I Think I'm Human (6:34)
  • 9. 4 Leaf Clover (4:36)
  • 10. Throne From The Saddle (4:53)
  • 11. The Nothingness (5:36)

CD 2 - afterworld disk

  • 1. The Nothingness (Chaos In A Box Remix) (6:46)
  • 2. Theta State (7:40)
  • 3. Sugar Spun Sadness (6:14)
  • 4. Joyride (7:03)
  • 5. Love Lies Bleeding (House Of Rector Mix) (8:16)
  • 6. Release (6:13)
  • 7. Catacaustic (7:35)
  • 8a. Orchid For The Afterworld (21:30)
  • 8b. ....Or Maybe Not
Reality by Deception[30] Released: 2002
  • Label: Sputnik Records
  • Format: EP, CD
  • Genre: Big Beat
  • 1. No Gravity On Jupiter (6:59)
  • 2. E-Ville (4:30)
  • 3. Meaningless (4:46)
  • 4. Super Showbiz Star (4:11)
  • 5. I'm A DJ (3:40)
  • 6. Really Supa Doopa (3:19)
  • 7. A Fat Man (4:17)
  • 8. Satin Filled Roof (7:36)
  • 9. I'm The One (8:14)
  • 10. It's Time (6:44)
  • 11. Senses May Be Numbed (8:17)
  • 12. Rhabdomyolisis (5:12)
  • 13. Anxiety (5:55)
Defective Perspective Released: 2004
  • Label: Cash for Chaos Music
  • Format: CD
  • Genre: Big Beat

CD 1

  • 1. Freaky Highway (3:46)
  • 2. Our Time Has Come (4:56)
  • 3. Shed 14 (3:42)
  • 4. Move Dammit (4:01)
  • 5. 00:20:58:24 (0:21)
  • 6. Paralexic Clichés (3:29)
  • 7. Miss Tugs (3:04)
  • 8. (This Is Not A) Love Poem (3:31)
  • 9. Reticules Homecoming (4:27)
  • 10. Antelopes On Skates (4:10)
  • 11. Get Up (3:46)
  • 12. Living In A Dream (4:30)
  • 13. Strange Shade Of Black (5:27)
  • 14. Take The Time (6:28)
  • 15. Phoney Epiphany (4:45)
  • 16. 00:38:19:38 (0:38)
  • 17. Ding Dong The Bitch Is Dead (1:02)

CD 2

  • 1. Makin Music (6:12)
  • 2. Get Up (Rise And Shine Remix) (6:35)
  • 3. Ass Breakin (6:39)
  • 4. Too Hot And Too Coffee (5:52)
  • 5. Get Up (EK's Remix) (7:33)
  • 6. The Piquancy Of Frequency (6:51)
  • 7. Storm Warning (8:38)
  • 8. Say Nothing (7:07)
  • 9. Tragedy Has Its Favourites (5:27)
  • 10. Life In A Snow Dome (5:02)
Eleven[31] Released: 2005
  • Label: Inertia Recordings
  • Format: CD
  • Genre: Big Beat

CD 1

  • 1. I'm A DJ
  • 2. But Myself
  • 3. Didley Squat
  • 4. Super Showbiz Star
  • 5. Theophilus Thistler
  • 6. Get Up
  • 7. Love Puppet
  • 8. (This Is Not A) Love Poem
  • 9. Chasing The Dragonfly
  • 10. Move Dammit
  • 11. Love Lies Bleeding
  • 12. E-Ville
  • 13. Shed 14
  • 14. Take The Time: The Pressure Remix
  • 15. I Don't Wanna Stop Now
  • 16. Rocktronica

CD 2

  • 1. E-Ville: A Frontside Creation
  • 2. Get Up (EK's Remix)
  • 3. I'm Afraid i Think I'm Human (Phil K vs. NuBreed Tribal Mix)
  • 4. It's Time (Infusion's Dark Times Dub)
  • 5. I'm A DJ (Sharp Boys Remix)
  • 6. Senses May Be Numbed
  • 7. Say Nothing
  • 8. It's Time (beXta Remix)
  • 9. 4-Leaf Clover (Mijk Van Dijk's G3 Mix)
  • 10. Preacher
  • 11. Time Is An Illusion
  • 12. Magnitude 7
  • 13. Joyride
  • 14. Still Hungry
sonicanimation EP[32] Released: 2011
  • Label: Creative Vibes
  • Format: digital EP
  • Genre: ???
  • 1. Will you dance to this song?
  • 2. Stars in her Eyes
  • 3. All I want is You
  • 4. Stars In Her Eyes - Bitrok Late Nights Remix
  • Once More from the Bottom (8 March 2013)

Extended plays[edit]

  • From Sand to Stars (1995) Sonic Animation
  • Zero Zero Zero Zero One (1995) Azwan Transmissions
  • Force Feed' (1996) Azwan Transmissions

Singles[edit]

  • "Time Is an Illusion" (1995) Independent/MMS
  • "Love Lies Bleeding" (January 1999) AUS: No. 50[9]
  • "Didley Squat" (1999)
  • "Theophilus Thistler (An Exercise in Vowels)" (August 1999) AUS: No. 86[11]
  • "I'm Afraid I Think I'm Human" (2000)
  • "E-Ville" (October 2001) AUS: No. 73[11]
  • "I'm a DJ" (February 2002) AUS: No. 82[18]
  • "Super Showbiz Star" (April 2002)
  • "This is not a Love Poem" (2004)
  • "Get Up" (2004)
  • "I Will Be Twisted" (2013)

References[edit]

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  13. ^ "Sonicanimation song lyric, 1999". Collection Database. Powerhouse Museum. Retrieved 10 October 2015. 
  14. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2005 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
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  18. ^ a b "The ARIA Report" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). 11 March 2002. p. 4. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 March 2002. Retrieved 11 October 2015. 
  19. ^ "Hottest 100 2002". Triple J. Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Retrieved 11 October 2015. 
  20. ^ Sonic Animation (2004), Defective Perspective, Independent : MGM Distribution. National Library of Australia, retrieved 13 October 2015 
  21. ^ "Defective Perspective: Sonic Animation". Australian Music Online. Australian Council of the Arts. Archived from the original on 7 August 2008. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  22. ^ "People: Philip Norton". The Brisbane Institute (Kay Saunders). 21 January 2006. Archived from the original on 12 December 2006. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  23. ^ de Klerk, Leasa (17 February 2004). "Sonic Animation: Nu skool electro, operatic punk, country & western!". InTheMix (Junkee Media). Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  24. ^ "The ARIA Report" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). 5 September 2005. p. 15. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 September 2005. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  25. ^ Sonic Animation re-forms for new album
  26. ^ Barbuto, Adam (5 March 2013). "[CD Review] Sonic Animation – Once More From The Bottom". Reverb. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  27. ^ Keenan, Simone (4 April 2013). "Sonic Animation: Once More from the Bottom". Rip It Up!. Archived from the original on 23 July 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  28. ^ Discogs: Sonic Animation - Silence Is Deafening
  29. ^ Discogs: Sonic Animation - Orchid For The Afterworld
  30. ^ - Reality By Deception
  31. ^ Discogs: Sonic Animation - Eleven
  32. ^ Sonic Animation - discography

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