1. All Points On A Sphere - 06:08
2. Broadcast - 03:08
3. Dusking - 04:54
4. A Meditation - 04:27
5. Broken Symmetry I - 01:27
6. Reel - 03:16
7. Arc - 6:02
8. Broken Symmetry II - 04:44
9. Silhouette - 04:53
10. Livid Walls Of Thought - 03:01
11. Ember - 05:28
Slip Casting, a term relating to the casting of ceramics, to Solo Andata, echoes the ideas of fluid form, the reshaping of materials, strength and fragility. The duo of Kane Ikin and Paul Fiocco are no strangers to these ideas for integrating all forms of objects, musical or not, has been part of their audio lexicon for almost two decades. Samplers, tape machines, synths and guitar are not considered strange instruments by any definition, but when combined with horse shoes, glass panes, picket poles and shortwave radio the soundworld of Slip Casting takes on a mechanical urgency that favors metal and smoke over musical tone. Centered around a pulse, both present and implied, the album moves, breathes and collapses.
Solo Andata on Slip Casting:
Slip Casting came about from an intensive two week period of recording and writing in a dedicated space where we would go around recording everything that made a sound any way we could, from high fidelity scientific hydrophones to lo-fi dictaphones, canning radio bands chasing ghostly signals. We’d explore these recordings, manipulating and cutting them up into a new library to draw from and played them through a fixed analog signal chain consisting of two tape machines, a ring modulator and a digital delay. Anything we were recording: found sounds, synth, guitar, piano, percussion would go through this chain. Each day’s session started by building a loop, sitting with it like a meditation, chatting over coffee, getting to know it, before improvising over the top for a few hours. We would layer and build up a massive amount of material until it would hit a breaking point. The next day we would start pulling it apart, cutting, shaving, searching for the track buried in the layers. What started as a highly additive process ended in a highly subtractive one.
Slip Casting is Solo Andata’s third full length release for 12k and continues to highlight the incredibly diverse sound palette that the duo expertly finesses into detailed compositions teeming with grit and noise. Hearkening back to some of the intensity found on their self-titled album, it spits and churns like like a machine born at the dawn of the industrial revolution.
Written + recorded by Solo Andata for 12k
Mixed + Produced by Kane Ikin
Mastered By Taylor Deupree
June 9, 2023
1. Drop Canvas - 03:10
2. Late Night Games With Her - 03:13
3. Painting Dust - 03:22
4. Separate Lovers - 03:14
5. Porcelain Blue - 04:47
6. Left - 02:27
7. Diffused - 03:52
8. Leaden Sky - 02:33
9. From All The Broken Pieces - 04:41
10. Dancer - 01:27
11. Laugh Shattered - 03:02
12. Miscible - 03:38
13. Canvas - 05:03
In the Lens, Solo Andata’s fourth full-length album, was born from recordings found in the interstices of decades-old hard drives, lost email threads from disused accounts, and forgotten samples recorded on cassette dictaphones. These fragments were combined and re-worked with newer elements to create an album very much in the spirit of the band’s debut Fyris Swan (Hefty Records, 2006), an album touched by both folk and jazz and swathed in a dusty, narcotic haze.
Solo Andata’s Kane Ikin and Paul Fiocco have always pushed aside the digital studio in favor of a more haphazard and hands-on workshop vibe to their productions. They prefer near-broken acoustic instruments, cheap microphones and, as can be witnessed by their live performances, tend to turn anything they can get their hands on into a beautiful sound-making object.
While there is a raw and guileless nature to the duo’s sound it is precisely this that makes their music so powerful amidst the over-produced cliches of much modern music. The beauty of their work is how simple instruments and objects can be physically manipulated into creating such rich, layered sound. Dark, swaying, almost-looped melodies from piano, woodwinds and horns wrap themselves in smoky obscurity around remnants of percussion and warm beds of noise and the world around us.
In The Lens is very much a late-night record, reflected in the rain-soaked cover imagery, dripping with half-forgotten memories. Jittery yet calming, rhythmic, yet unhurried, it leads you down its dark corridors to a soft resting space. Ikin and Fiocco have created a new story around the chemistry of their creations that were taking place during the early days of their musical explorations.
Produced + mixed by Solo Andata for 12k
Mastered By Taylor Deupree
May 27, 2016
1. Aggregate - 06:08
2. Carving - 08:37
3. Myrmecia - 04:45
4. Incantare - Part 1 - 06:05
5. Incantare - Part 2 - 03:50
6. Incantare - Part 3 - 10:15
Ritual is Solo Andata's third full-length album originally released on Buffalo-based label, Desire Path Recordings.
Ritual, similar to Solo Andata's self-titled album on 12k, is fundamentally made up of organic sounds, such as primitive gongs, bells and bowls, wildlife and environmental recordings, sacred chants, the vibration of human cancerous cells, cleavers, and prepared piano.
These 6 pieces seem to work toward a repetition or 'ritual' between disparate elements so as to transport us, via a magical spell, to dense otherworldly habitats.
Pop Matters - "Ritual, the title of Australian duo Solo Andata’s new album, is more than a guiding concept for the listener to keep in mind when absorbing its four songs. The title “ritual” is also a nod to the album’s deeper purpose. As with any shamanistic ritual, elements of nature are harnessed on Ritual in the form of field recordings for man-made, yet spiritually inclined, ends.
Solo Andata members Paul Fiocco and Kane Ikin worked independently from one another for most of the album’s production, using wholly different compositional approaches and recording on vastly different equipment. Take into consideration that Ritual was designed with the vinyl format in mind, which led to the duo each taking control of a side, and it is rather surprising that the album still manages to radiate with a unified Solo Andata aesthetic.
This is because, in part, both members of Solo Andata have mastered the technique of fluidly integrating field recordings into their aural landscapes. Both Fiocco and Ikin are able to create an environment where the listener is often hard-pressed to discern if he or she is moving along, passing sounds along the way through the landscape, or standing perfectly still within it, listening to the surroundings rush by. There is no way to tell if either perspective is correct. Regardless, the duo unfolds the sound of natural phenomena into its ambient, modern classical creations to great effect.
Field sources utilized by Fiocco and Ikin include distant chanting, the vibration of human cancerous cells (recorded with a microscope that translates nano-mechanical motion data into sound), and recordings from a remote area of Western Australia called Injiidup. These captured pieces are then wedded to sparse but active audio constellations that challenge the listener to hear the recordings as musical components. The latent musicality of field recordings, while a debated subject for some time, must be acknowledged after hearing this work. Solo Andata’s real-world sound capturing is as creative and sonically inclined as the playing of any instrument."
- By Louis Battaglia - popmatters.com/best-experimental-albums-2010
Produced & Written by Solo Andata for Desire Path Recordings
Tracks 1, 2 ,3 by Paul Fiocco
Tracks 4, 5, 6 by Kane Ikin
Digital Re-Master – Kane Ikin
Art Direction – J. Aaron Greene
Layout, Art Direction – Chris Koelle
March 23, 2011
Thanks to Michael Vitrano
1. Ablation - 11:05
2. Hydraulic Fluctuations - 05:28
3. Canal Rocks - 04:49
4. Beyond This Window - 05:12
5. In The Light Storming - 07:01
6. Look For Me Here - 07:49
7. Loom 06:45
8. Woods, Flesh, Bone - 13:31
12k presents Australian duo Solo Andata along with their second album, self-titled. Translated literally from the Italian as “one way”, Solo Andata portrays the theme of a one-way journey that moves from (and represents a thread between) water and land, fluid/stasis, cold/hot. Following Solo Andata’s debut album Fyris Swan (Hefty, 2006) and their 12k inception on Live in Melbourne, Solo Andata presents us with an ambient affair, with dark drones coupled with ethereal sonic environments.
It could be said that Solo Andata is carefully sequenced to a narrative structure: beginning on boat in the cold, arctic night of “Ablation,” and then ending on foot in the hot wilderness of “Woods, Flesh, Bone.” However, concepts and narratives that seem clear to the artists are often left oblique to the listeners. This is perhaps why Solo Andata represented this narrative in a strict sense by recording what the titles literally refer to. For example, “Woods Flesh, Bone” presents us with sweltering woodlands, the sound of a fresh carcass being torn apart and the clattering of bones. The same can be said of “Hydraulic Fluctuations,” “Canal Rocks,” “Ablation” and “In the Light Storming.” These organic sources, then, help tie music and concept together.
Solo Andata utilizes very little, if any, electronic instruments. Acoustic guitar, piano, cello and the natural resonances of organic materials (usually by way of a violin bow, pluck, or home-made contraption) become their main instruments, and as their live shows often attest to, Solo Andata can turn almost any object into an instrument capable of producing beautiful, other-worldly music.
Solo Andata is being released simultaneously with Look For Me Here (12k2014), a limited edition CD-Single that contains the album mix of “Look For Me Here” as well as remixes from legendary Japanese musician Ryuichi Sakamoto and 12k’s visionary Giuseppe Ielasi.
Solo Andata was created between Perth, Western Australia, Melbourne, Victoria and New York City.
Produced and mixed by Solo Andata for !2k
Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi
Photographs and Design by Taylor Deupree
September 15, 2009
Look For Me Here - Single
1. Chorale (Look For Me Here) Remix – Ryuichi Sakamoto
2. Look For Me Here Remix – Giuseppe Ielasi
3. Look For Me Here (Album Mix)
Look For Me Here is Solo Andata’s accompanying single to their self-titled, full-length 12k album (12k1056) which, in addition to Solo Andata’s album mix, includes two exquisite remixes from Japanese legend Ryuichi Sakamoto and 12k visionary Giuseppe Ielasi.
With “Chorale”, Sakamoto progressively transforms Solo Andata’s rich and bittersweet work of electroacoustics into a vast and textured landscape of enchanting electronics which, at times, is beautifully bewitching. Giuseppe Ielasi, on the other hand, presents us with a luscious array of melodic skittering that altogether forms an elegant and harmonious whole.
Packaged in a clear, round CD case and printed on a half-clear Fan-CD, Look For Me Here is limited to only 500 copies for the world.
1. Her Face Soft As Sleep - 05:17
2. Old City Crowd - 07:36
3. The Echo's Left Behind - 05:48
4. A Ballet Of Hands - 05:57
5. Among The Olive Trees - 05:55
6. Beneath This Stone Wall - 05:16
7. Coastal Road Thoughts - 06:54
8. Dawn Chorus - 07:08
9. Together Apart - 05:31
10. Midnight - 06:50
Solo Andata: Fyris Swan (July 2006) Fyris Swan is the debut album from Solo Andata; duo Paul Fiocco and Kane Ikin.
A looming tapestry of undulating, post-rockian, free jazz-tinged, minutiae-detailing, electro-acoustic brilliance, Fyris Swan's chest-tugging magnitude is a striking testament to the role of time, space, and technology in composition. Solo Andata's restrained and measured efficacy benefits from their separation (members live in Australia and Sweden), as the labored deconstruction applied to every element forms the album's hefty backbone. Each pluck and bowed, processed sound builds over an hour, culminating in the perfectly realized ‘Midnight.’
Written, Recorded and Produced by Paul Fiocco & Kane Ikin for Hefty Records
Artwork by Eveline Kotai -"Study For Samson Str. Series" 1998
July 25, 2006
1. Minamo - 09:12
2. Sawako + Hofli - 13:08
3. Moskitoo - 14:40
4. Solo Andata - 17:24
5. Taylor Deupree - 15:10
Recorded live on April 10th and 11th, 2010, Tasogare: Live in Tokyo documents the performances of five 12k artists at two temples in Tokyo, Japan. Komyoji Temple (April 10th) saw the first-ever performance in Japan by Australia’s Solo Andata, known for creating deep, textured music with found objects, homemade instruments and very little in the way of electronics or software tricks. The duo was joined by 12k veteran Sawako whose voice and delicate computer work were accompanied by guitarist Hofli and Moskitoo who always plays the line between experimentalism and abstract pop.
On April 11th, the 12k weekend moved to the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Jiyu Gakuen Myonichi-kan where Solo Andata performed again, this time with the improvisational beauty of the four-piece Minamo and label- founder Taylor Deupree whose travel-worn state musically played out in the most hushed and calming way.
Tasogare: Live in Tokyo represents the importance of recording and keeping documents of performances seen and heard around the far corners of the globe - a chance for many others to hear what went on a world away in live sets that can’t, and won’t be duplicated again.This edition also represents the adventures formed by artists connected by a label, sharing travels, food, photography, music and sleepless nights. It is the way in which each artist, in their own unique and completely different sounding way, contributes to a collective spirit.
February 1, 2011
Solo Andata (Live In Melbourne) - 17:22
One night in April, 2007, the beautiful city of Melbourne, Australia was host to a small gathering of sound-lovers and curious passers-by descending on the venerable Northcote Social Club for a night of subtle soundscaping by Oz-natives Solo Andata and Seaworthy and New Yorker Taylor Deupree, who was in Australia for a tour. After a great meal and despite the ghosts of the BBC hijacking the audio system, the three artists set out to capture the focused listeners with beds of abandoned melodies and warm acoustic tangles.
In hopes to capture the memories of the night, and a snapshot of live audio and all of its imperfections, Deupree recorded the evening with the intent of producing this cd. Live in Melbourne pairs labelmates Seaworthy and Deupree with Solo Andata, anewcomer to 12k, who all share in a similar sonic aesthetic.
Solo Andata performed with laptop and a host of small instruments and electronics creating dense and careful beds of disjointed, yet beautiful music. Seaworthy transformed the stunning, sparse drones of his Map in Hand album into a live, improvised experience that captured all of the emotion that’s created by a single musician and his guitar. Deupree rounded off the night with his characteristically sparse bed of tones and digital detritus.
Mastered by Taylor Deupree
Artwork by Taylor Deupree
February 11, 2008