December 23, 2008

SicKL Open Lab (SOL) 004: Special Holiday Season Party Lab

SicKL Open Lab (SOL) is back with its 4th season with a special holiday edition! Hot steamboat is served, and you can dance! SOL 004 December season will feature a multi-disciplinary performance by Chan Seau Huvi (performance art), Au Sow Yee (video), Yong Yandsen (video + sound) and Kok Siew Wai (voice), electroacoustic music by musician/music scholar Affendi Ramli and an experimental DJ set with light installation by Jazmok (Bintang Bendehara), Ronnie Khoo (Furniture), Fahmi Fadzil (Projek Wayang) & Lisa Foo.
Come join us, and bring your friends!


Event: SicKL Open Lab (SOL) 004
Date & Time: 27th December 2008, Saturday, 7:30pm
Address: 73, 3rd Floor, Amber Business Plaza, Jalan Jelawat 1, 56100 Cheras, KL. (Just a minute walk from Star Line LRT, ‘Cheras’ station.)

For driving instructions: Yandsen 012-9198031 (map attached)
Admission by donation
Attire: light and easy … cuz we are hot!
You are welcome to bring your favorite booze (there is a 7-11 nearby)!


CHAN SEAU HUVI is a performance artist and a video artist. She is graduated from l’école superièure d’art d’Aix en Provence, France. Huvi starts producing videos for her performance since 2002. She is currently living and working in Kuala Lumpur.

AFFENDI HJ RAMLI born in Ipoh, Malaysia, currently he is a doctoral student, under supervision by Dr. Hasnizam Abdul Wahid at the Faculty of Arts and Creative, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak. Recently he has won the “Best Jury’s Selection Award 2007” in Bourges, Paris. Affendi Hj. Ramli is one of the music lecturers in Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Tg. Malim, Perak, lecturing composition, violin and music technology. He received his Bachelor of Music from Universiti Teknologi Mara, Malaysia and Master of Arts in Audio Production from University Of Westminster, United Kingdom.
RONNIE KHOO is a recording enthusiast who works from a home studio. His projects include playing in rock bands, scoring for independent film, and tampering with electronic equipment to make them squeal in unexpected ways.

JAZMOK is a malaysian-based sound artist. His favourite music instruments are mobile gadgets,as the medium of producing his sound.He is interested in malay classical rhythm and other native cultures in malaysia.The sound characteristic of Jazmok is describe as various of oscilator wave and ambient with gong atmosphere. He loves experimenting with sound and had produce several of interactive installation while performing.
FAHMI FADZIL is a performer and writer. He is a member of Five Arts Centre, principal coordinator of Projek Wayang, and partner at Bright Lights At Midnight. Initiated in 2006, Projek Wayang is an experimentation group interested to search, investigate, explore and construct forms of wayang that resonates within an urban, contemporary and cosmopolitan context.

LISA FOO is the co-founder of FOTA Design in 2007 and a design practice in architecture, interior and sculpture. Graduated with BA in Architecture from the University of New South Wales, Sydney at the end of 2003, and after a spell of almost two years with a large commercial practice, Lisa has reveled in the opportunity to design an experimental private house in Kuala Lumpur to strike out on her own. Her involvement in the arts emerged in November 2007 when she was an artist participant at numerous 'Arts for Grabs' event organized by the Annexe Gallery, Central Market, Kuala Lumpur. In the event, her collaboration with her friend formed LFSS and created luminous eco-light sculpture from recycled plastic bottles.

FOTA Design ---
LFSS ---
Art 2 Play ---

SicKL OPEN LAB (SOL) is a monthly art laboratory where artists come together to show individual’s work and form new collaboration. SiCKL will provide the environment for artistic expression, improvisation, experimentation, learning and collaboration. In each lab session, we encourage artists from different backgrounds to experiment with each other to create new work. We welcome artists from all disciplines.

Dare to experiment! Surprise us and surprise yourself!

SOL happens bi-monthly on the last Saturday of every month @ 8pm unless otherwise notified.
For more information, please contact:
SicKL (Studio in Cheras, KL)
Siew Wai at /
Sow Yee at


November 20, 2008


11/21/2008 08:00 PM - Mex ( Dortmund, Germany
solo, stereo dj mixer!

11/23/2008 Sjuhuis, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Trio with Lukas Simonis & Mike Majkowski. stereo dj mixer!

11/27/2008 MS Stubnitz, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
LK+L (duo with Lukas Simonis), Stereo DJ mixer.

11/29/2008 Black Box, Cuba-cultur, Münster, Germany
solo, stereo dj mixer!
Concert series curated by aufabwegen.
on the same evening: hati/pure thomas köner and asmus tietchens.

October 23, 2008

SicKL Open Lab 003: October 2008

Dear friends,

SicKL Open Lab (SOL) is back with its third season this coming Saturday (25th October) at 8pm!
In this SOL 003 October lab, we've invited musician-sound artists Ronnie Khoo (Furniture) & Jazmok (Bintang Bendehara) to test out several sound experimentations on their savvy laptops. Also on the bills are experimental video shorts from Lesly Leon Lee, and Felix Wong and Mohd Fuad Bin Md Arif.
Come out, wear light, stay tuned, and feel the heat at SicKL!

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Venue: Studio in Cheras, KL (SicKL)
No. 75, 3rd Floor,
Amber Business Plaza,
Jalan Jelawat 1,
Cheras 56100, Kuala Lumpur.
(1 minute walk from Cheras LRT Station, Star Line)

Date & Time: 25th October at 8pm


For driving directions: Yandsen 012-9198031

*Please wear casual and light cause we are warm!

*You are welcome to bring your brooze!

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broken electronic keyboard + laptop

Ronnie Khoo is a recording enthusiast who works from a home studio. His projects include playing in rock bands, scoring for independent film, and tampering with electronic equipment to make them squeal in unexpected ways.

Laptop & Kaoss Pad

Jazmok is a malaysian-based sound artist. His favourite music instruments are mobile gadgets,as the medium of producing his sound.He is interested in malay classical rhythm and other native cultures in malaysia.The sound characteristic of Jazmok is describe as various of oscilator wave and ambient with gong atmosphere. He loves experimenting with sound and had produce several of interactive installation while performing.

Video “I was dupe” (10 mins)

I am here to satisfy my alter ego which is highly motivated to the idea of making you hate me (in what I’m doing). So this could be my first and could be my last coming here.

MOHD FUAD BIN MD ARIF is currently a lecturer in the Faculty of Art & Design at UiTM Shah Alam.

"The Dogs" by Felix Wong (30 mins)

Confession of a gangster, facing ordinary dilemma just like you and me. We then will see unexpected “elegant” life of gangsters.

Video “Search For” (11 mins)

Friends, lovers, relationships, spirit, gods, religion. We search for concrete holds of meaning in them in this sometimes meaningless life. Where then is meaning in anything? As the existentialists say, the only meaning is this life is ours to create. With that comes great freedom and meaning. But also, an abyss or our greatest nightmare.

A lover of all forms of arts, from painting to photography to film to music, he is always challenging himself to come up with genuinely original works. Yes, some say everything has been done before and there is no such thing as pure originality. But he feels it’s something worth striving for, though in the end it may not exist. Deeply connected with nature, he feels most at home in the thick of a forest, with all the wild creatures. He expounds uniqueness and hates the globalisation and homogenisation of humanity. Still struggling between the gray areas of believing in something and keeping it to himself versus spreading it, since he believes that the main reason of strife and wars is one party trying to change another’s views to that of her own. But at the same time, isn’t sharing what makes us unique? When does sharing cross the line into force feeding? Visit http://beinglll. net for more works.

SOL happens bi-monthly on the last Saturday of the month.

For more information, please contact:

Siew Wai: swsuny@hotmail. com / kokbuffalo@yahoo. com
Sow Yee: truely_au@hotmail. com

October 18, 2008


- concert - October -
a mini Eastern European tour plus

10/22/2008 - Tuzrakter, Budapest, Hungary
solo, duo with Peter Szabó, stereo DJ mixer!

10/23/2008 - Grand Café, Szeged, Hungary

10/24/2008 - Simultan Festival, Timisoara, Romania

10/25/2008 - C17, Wien, Austria
duo with Tim Blachmann & more, stereo dj mixer!

11/1/2008 - Blinzelbar, Hamburg, Germany
solo, duo with Birgit Ulher, trio with Birgit Ulher & Heiner Metzger,
Stereo DJ mixer.

October 09, 2008


Date - Thursday 16th Oct 2008
Time - 2030
Venue - Republic @ Sunway Pyramid (new wing)
Price of admission
- rm 18 at the door
- rm 15 pre sold tickets

Artists performing -

. Justice Yeldham (Australia) - main act

. Anam (Scotland) - supporting act

. Love Affair (Malaysia) - supporting act

. Flica (Malaysia) - supporting act


October 06, 2008

SABAW Media Art Kitchen presents FETE DELA WASAQUE - a 2-night festival for adventurous music and related visual art.

OCT 14, (TUES) 9PM: Mag:net Cafe Katipunan, AGCOR Bldg. 335 Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City (150 php)
OCT 15, (WED) 8PM: Green Papaya art projects, 41 T.Gener St. cor. Kamuning Rd.,
Quezon City (Free)

Presenting two nights of handmade music that blur the lines between electro-acoustic, free improvisation, industrial, free jazz, performance art and freeform-noise, and will be paired with the intensity of live video performances (vjing), exquisite homemade machines, real guitars, absurd costumes, and even more live action on stage. FETE DE LA WASAQUE will be hosted by SABAW Media Art Kitchen in cooperation with Greenpapaya art projects and Mag:net Galleries.
Expect two nights of insanity going on and on till the break of dawn at Green Papaya art space and Mag:net cafe Katipunan - including one of the very extreme and rare performances from Australia's Justice Yeldham. Cavite's E.X.I.S.T. sound art collective will electrify our nerves thru their homemade electronics and circuit-bend gadgets, while Manila's New Media Arts Manila (N.M.A.M) will surely melt your brain with rapidfire audiovideo-shrapnel. Alongside the live video performances of N.M.A.M., performance and media artist Mannete Villariba and editor Edsel Abesamis will provide video assualt as well.

On the first night, Tengal's Gangan Series Project will manifest itself this time as the Gangan Trio featuring Tengal on no-input mixer, drums and objects, Blums Borres on guitar, Caliph8 on turntables, while Tad Ermitano takes off his vj hat and conducts the trio. Circuit-bender wiz Erick Calilan (Ugong) will challenge his old band mate from the now defunct Sound Existence, PJ Soliven (Nyangbinghi), alongside the live script video programming of Mannette Villariba. Not to mention the avant-jazz/punk outfit, Radioactive Sago Project will perform improvised electro-acoustic "WASAK" music written and conducted by Francis de Veyra; while walls of industrial soundscapes of doom will break room walls with the heavy-hitters, Trojan Whores.
On the following night, Blums Borres will invite you to his all live, all improvised ambient solo guitar lounge. Tengal and Tad collaborate on an audio-visual "cooking show": Tengal stirs the complex and unstable nature of the sonic textures from the mixer, both live and processed - letting it boil and simmer; while Tad Ermitano who literaly "cooks up" non-newtonian fluid (i.e. ketchup, starch, suspensions, paint, blood and shampoo) into a "visual soup" using a loudspeaker, face-up, as a pot with cameras positioned on top of it. Elemento will drive some nerve-shattering noise with their intricately-crafted sonic machines, while analogue noise maker Inconnuictu will team up with ambient electronica ace Blend:er, and Ugong.

And finally Australia's leading audio artist and founder of the pioneering Australian record label Dual Plover, Lucas Abela (Justice Yeldham), will kill off whatever brain cells you have left on both nights!
SABAW ends the year with a wall shaking acoustic-meets-digital assault stirring acts on two nights of positive madness.

Lucas Abela aka JUSTICE YELDHAM has been performing for well over 15 years and is one of the leaders of Australian "noise music".
His early performances were crazed extensions of turntablism. Instead of turntables he'd use motors turning metal discs at 2000 rpm, and instead of record needles he'd use skewers or knives. He once used a glove that he had imbedded with record needles - Freddy Krueger style.
Incorporating everything from electro-acoustic trampolines, amplified samurai swords to high powered turntables constructed from sewing machine motors into his performances, in recent years he's been using sheets of glass that he blows through, screams through, bites and breaks.
Lucas has toured over 30 countries with this new act, appeared on numerous television shows, and even crashed a John Peel session at the BBC.
BLEND:ER is an electronic music creator and a noise enthusiast who lives in Cavite, Philippines. He started experimenting with audio acrobatics and technoid sonic landscapes in 1999. Being included in various album anthologies like Mood Swing Theater Volume 1 (2004) released by Kittenwhip Compilation and S.A.B.A.W. Anthology of Noise, Electronic, and Experimental Music (2004), Blend:er aka (Cris Garcimo) has often collaborated with E.X.I.S.T., SABAW and Electronica Manila artists.
BLUMS BORRES guitarist and media artist who experiments with sound, video, and animation. Formerly a technical director at Toei Animation Philippines, he has a BA in Multimedia Design from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. His work has been featured at the Australian Center Moving Images (ACMI), and in cinemas and television in Japan. His career in post production spans over 14 years and has involved himself in both professional productions and education. He currently teaches 3d animation at DLSU-CSB.
CALIPH8 is a beat smith, graffiti bomber and soothsayer. A lynch-pin of various groups and ensembles, he's probably the most sought after sound manipulator in the Philippines. A graduate of the U.P. College of Fine Arts, his output extends to more than just sniffing aerosol paint and flexing wrists with fat markers--he also creates visuals and projects them while manipulating audio and creates sound collage.
He is a member of A.M.P.O.N. hiphop collective, electronica group Drip, and was part of Downearf, a trueschool hiphop trio back in 1997.
EDSEL ABESAMES is a video editor / motion graphics person / director / racketeer / guitarist / poser / anime fan / overweight 32 year old / discontent drunkard. That about sums it up.
ELEMENTO is the brainchild of experimental multi-media artist Lirio Salvador, and has created a number of experimental electronic instruments based on his own concept of ethno-industrial art/music. Probably the most influential and astonishing homemade circuit-benders and instrument builders in the country, he established the E.X.I.S.T. sound art collective back in 2002. He creates his assemblage of musical instruments using day to day materials that are found in his present environment, including bicycle gears, drain cleaning springs and stainless steel tubes.
INCONNU ICTU a.k.a Roger Llagas Lopez is a post-musician, experimental composer-improviser, multi-instrumentalist, visual art enthusiast who resides in the shoe capital of the Philippines. "Inconnu Ictu(s)" means an "unknown man's blow or a stroke", as a sound constructor he explores his interest by using obsolete electronic gadgets, pedal fx boxes, defective rhythm consoles, found objects, d.i.y microphones and circuit-bent electronics.
MANNET VILLARIBA is a performance artist, painter, sound artist, visual programmer and designer. He has been active in diverse fields of art and design - including research and development. Yielding the outputs of sounds, images, and light through analyzing and transforming the numerical values gained from various sensors and input devices, he is a visual artist pursuing sensual peculiarity and interaction.
NYANGBINGHI (PJ Soliven) and UGONG (Erick Calilan) used to perform together as a duo called Sound Existence back in 2005. They are active leaders and members of E.X.I.S.T., taking part in producing shows, worshops, exhibitions both in Cavite and Manila. While Nyangbinghi utilizes mainly a laptop as an instrument, UGONG performs using home-made "cracked" electronics that are circuit-bent and rewired to make electronic squeels, blips, hisses, and clicks.
RADIOACTIVE SAGO PROJECT is probably the country's most successful avant bands that crossed over to mainstream music, having released 3 successful albums and have been radio darlings 'til this day. Instead of playing their usual popular hits, they will perform an experimental electro-acoustic piece by Francis de Veyra, the group's main composer. Francis studied atonal and modern composition in the conservatory of music in the University of the Philippines where he was almost sued and banned from the university for his infamous recital piece called "Wasakan".
"TACSIYAPO", is a new piece which will premiere on the 14th. The composer explains: "TACSIYAPO is an expression in kapampangan [a local dialect] meant and used to vent out anger and frustration. The piece was inspired by an interesting phenomena in a restaurant in Tarlac where they have people throw anything in a wall be it cups, plates, cats, or even TVs. Upon throwing them on the wall (that is painted with vandals of the words that are 'cancers' of our society), they shout 'Tacsiyapo!'. This piece tries to 'throw' an array of sounds and textures, wherein the performers will try to vent out their angst, not physically, but thru sound. The group will use electronic music, spoken word, bass and electric guitars, kaoss pads, percussions and the audience."
TAD ERMITANO is a media artist, writer and filmmaker. As far as the media art goes, he is interested in algorithmic/procedural editing and composition, new uses for the moving image and have been lately drifting into elementary robotics. His work "Quartet" was exhibited in the recently concluded International Symposium for Electronic Arts (ISEA) in Singapore.
TENGAL is a Manila-based interdisciplinary media artist, composer-musician, media art impresario, and filmmaker. He curates and organizes media art projects, has collaborated with various artists, and has performed in various shows in the Philippines and abroad. He attended the Berlinale Talent Campus 2006, in Berlin, Germany; the 5th Asia-Europe Foundation Art Camp: Re-Vision Bangkok | New Media Art and Interactivity, in Thailand; and most recently at Cellsbutton II: Yogyakarta International Media Art Festival, in Indonesia. He founded SABAW in 2005.
TROJAN WHORES is composed of Pow Martinez, Sam Kiyoumarsi, and Thomas Mcwalter, and they create harsh industrial soundscapes with doom metal elements.

More info at: or email

October 02, 2008

Southeast Asian Video Screening featuring work by Kok Siew Wai and friends.

Southeast Asian Video Screening will be held at Valentine Willie Fine Art Project Room
from 20 September - 11 October 2008. The exhibition highlights some of the most
exciting and challenging screen-based practices from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and
the Philippines.

Working in collaboration with curators around the region, the screening brings together
video works and experimental films from four neighbouring countries, providing
Malaysian audience with a rare opportunity to study and compare the various trends and
styles in video art that has emerged through the different contexts and cultures that have
made Southeast Asia a diverse and complex region.

From Indonesia, art curator Agung Hujatnikajennong features in his broad yet in-depth
survey, some of the most exciting artists from Bandung, Yogyakarta and Jakarta working
with the video medium. Manila-based film critic and lecturer Alexis Tioseco will compile a
selection of video works that not only looks into the formal innovation of emerging Filipino
names but also engages with the socio-cultural history of the nation.

'The More Things Change...', curated by David Teh, will showcase Thai experimental
shorts from this year's Bangkok Experimental Film Festival. Last but not least, Simon Soon and Erna Dyanty will curate a Malaysian survey that identifies various approaches and trajectories in local experimental film-making.

For screening schedule, please visit

Please join us for drinks with Bombay Sapphire this Saturday (20 September 2008) at 7:30pm on our opening night.

Valentine Willie Fine Art
1st Floor, No. 17, Jalan Telawi 3,
Bangsar Baru
59100 Kuala Lumpur

+603 2284 2348
or email

Nitipong Thinthupthai, 'Krasob'
Nawapol Tahmrongrattanarit, 'Bangkok Tanks'
Pathompol Tesprateep, '4 Feb 2006 Live @ Bangkok Code'
Arpapun Plungsirisoontorn, 'Repeating Drama'
Micahel Shaowanasai, 'Observation of the Monument'
Pramote Saengsorn, 'Observation of the Monk'
Thunska Pansittivorakul, 'Middle Earth'
Uruphong Raksasad, 'Roy Tai Phrae'
Jakwawal Niltumrong, 'Man with a Video Camera'
Anocha Suwichakornpong, 'Black Mirror'


Chris Chong 'Kolam' & 'Minus'
Azhar Rudin 'Eaten by Time'
Chi Too 'Reading Kafka in America'
Idora Alhabsih 'Overall Condition: Normal'
Nazim Esa 'For the Love of Drowning'
Au Sow Yee 'Passing II'
Kok Siew Wai 'Leap'
Chan Seau Huvi 'I want to be a Good Woman' & 'Butterfly'

c u r a t e d b y S i m o n S o o n & E r n a D y a n t y

In compiling a survey of Malaysian video works for the Southeast Asian Video Screening, all attempts at defining an all-over thematic or visual trend from our selection were largely abandoned. Instead, we began charting the various forms of experimentation that video artists have engaged in. This, in turn, complicates the discourse that experimental video exists as a uniformed aesthetic that is largely esoteric and inaccessible. Interestingly, we found that recent video works highlighted in our Malaysian screening can be contextualis ed within three main trajectories.

Filmmakers such as Azharr Rudin and Nazim Esa who use short films or experimental videos as their platform for bolder exploration of the medium constitute the first category. While they are just as comfortable with working on the feature film format, often it is through their short films that the alternative and interesting approaches to narration are explored.

Contrary to the fictive immersion of the short narratives, we have also identified a number of filmmakers and video artists such as Chris Chong and Chi Too who have worked within the documentary genre. Often, these works are more critical of the language of visual representation than their usual documentary counterpart, playing with and investigating into new structures of signification that can affect a different understanding and experience of the social as well as the personal.

The third trajectory can be considered to be geographically specific and formalist in orientation. Au Sow Yee, Kok Siew Wai and Chan Seau Huvi are all active participants in SicKL, a studio for experimentation with various artistic disciplines. Monthly performances are held in their Cheras (a suburb in Kuala Lumpur) studio, featuring poetry recitals as well as sound, video and performance art. They represent both a more performative approach to video art - video as a documentation of female bodily drives (Siew Wai and Huvi) - as well as an interest in exploring abstraction through the video medium (Sow Yee). As such their works often push the boundaries of video art further, turning to consider the fundamental aspects of the medium.

Last but not least, we have also included a short work by Idora Alhabsih, who is still completing her studies in filmmaking overseas, as an indication of a direction that an emerging generation of artists who have increasingly found video to be both an affordable and challenging medium to base their artistic practice on.

Across these disparate trajectories, Malaysian experimental video and film draw strength from its diverse approaches – short narrative, experimental documentary, video abstraction, and performative documentation. Many of them propose new visual structures of conveying meaning that disrupts the homogenised format of the feature film. Its heterogeneity, as noted by David Teh (curator of the Thai compilation), could challenge the safe experience of the easily consumable feature film, which ultimately provokes us to think more critically through its stimulating formal registers.

September 05, 2008

SICKL OPEN LAB (SOL) 003: Call For Artists/Musicians

Dear friends,

SicKL Open Lab (SOL) is again calling for artists and musicians of daredevil experimentations. We had a blast last weekend. SOL is already going international during its second season with musicians from Singapore, Australia and Ireland! (Yo! Comrades in Manila should come up next!)
Now we are all geared up to work on the next lab on Saturday, 25 October. Artists from all disciplines are welcome! We have had poets, writers, video artists, musicians, filmmakers, now where are the dancers? actors? performance artist? visual artists?
Show up and show us what you've got!

SOL happens on the last Saturday of every month.
Please contact:
Siew Wai:
Sow Yee:

Siew Wai


SicKL OPEN LAB (SOL) is a bi-monthly art laboratory where artists come together to show individual’s work and form new collaboration. SiCKL will provide the environment for artistic expression, improvisation, experimentation, learning and collaboration. In each lab session, we encourage artists from different backgrounds to experiment with each other to create new work. This open platform is free to perform, to exhibit, to experiment and to collaborate. We welcome artists from all disciplines.

Dare to experiment! Surprise us and surprise yourself!
SOL happens on the last Saturday of every other month at 8pm.

For more information, please contact:

SicKL (Studio in Cheras, KL)
Siew Wai: /
Sow Yee:


August 23, 2008

SicKL Open Lab 002- August 08 Lab

Date: 30 August, 2008 @ 8pm

Venue: Studio in Cheras, KL (SicKL)
75, 3rd Floor Amber Business Plaza, Jalan Telawat 1, Cheras, 56100 K.L.
(You can take Star line LRT and stop at Cheras Station. SicKL is just a minute walk from the station!)

For driving directions: Yandsen 012-9198031

Admission: By donation



is an electro-acoustic improvisation group based in Singapore featuring Darren Moore (laptop/percussion), Tim O'Dwyer (saxophone) and Brian O'Reilly (electronics/visual).

Darren Moore is an Australian musician currently based in Singapore. He is involved in various projects as a drummer and as an experimental laptop artist. He has performed and collaborated with musicians such as Jon Rose, Chris Abrahams, Scott Tinkler, Eugene Pao, Tim O'Dwyer, Will Guthrie, Eric Boeren, Wilbert de Joode, Micheal Vatcher to name a few. He has toured throughout Europe, Australia, South East Asia, Japan and the USA. Currently in Singapore, he leads his own jazz quintet featuring the leading lights of the singapore jazz scene, he also is involved in Iron Egg - an electro/acoustic audio/visual experimental trio featuring Tim O'Dwyer and Brian O'Rielly and performs solo experimental laptop music with percussion.

Brian O'Reilly is the creator of various works for moving images/live cinema, electronic/noise music, mixed media assemblage/installation, and is a contrabassist, focusing on the integration of electronic treatments and extended playing techniques.

Timothy O'Dwyer: is a composer, saxophonist and educator working between the general areas of music known as jazz, contemporary notated music and improvised music. He has been a member of Elision Contemporary Ensemble since 1994 and was a founding member of the Melbourne cult punk-jazz group bucketrider. Following studies with Evan Parker and composer Richard Barrett in 1995 he has had the privilege of collaborating with many artists that he greatly admires including: John Butcher, Liza Lim, Bobby Previte, KK Null, Chaya Chernowin, and conceptual artists Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, and Katsushige Nakahashi. He is currently programme leader of music and lecturer in jazz at the School of Contemporary Music LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore and is a PhD candidate at Queensland University of Technology studying the phenomena of identity in improvised music. His current projects include his jazz group The Tim O'Dwyer Trio and the electro-acoustic
project Iron Egg.


Since 2006, Mark Wong (b. 1982, Singapore) has been developing and refining his own vocabulary for the kazoo, a simple musical instrument traditionally considered a novelty toy. In addition to conventional humming techniques, Wong has germinated blowing, rasping and other vocal scrawlings. Playing off the feedback purity of a no-input mixer, Mark's kazoo becomes the production centre of a certain textural beauty and nervous energy.


**Chua Seng Shen- "A Young Man with No Name" (15 minutes)
**Lim Chee Yong- "My Nostalgia" (19 minutes)

SicKL OPEN LAB (SOL) is a bi-monthly art laboratory where artists come together to show individual’s work and form new collaboration. SiCKL will provide the environment for artistic expression, improvisation, experimentation, learning and collaboration. In each lab session, we encourage artists from different backgrounds to experiment with each other to create new work. This open platform is free to perform, to exhibit, to experiment and to collaborate. We welcome artists from all disciplines.

Dare to experiment! Surprise us and surprise yourself!
SOL happens on the last Saturday every other month at 8pm.

For inquiries, please contact:
Siew Wai: / 012-6957987
Sow Yee : / 012-2661579

August 21, 2008

reflex reaction @ FNBKL, 23/08/08

reflex reaction (Yandsen, Kok Siew Wai and perhaps Aziz) will be jamming on this Saturday, 23rd August at the new FNBKL base in PJ.

Here is the full list of happenings of this particular event.

ACTION REACTION! -an introduction to fnbkl's new space – a day of happenings-community gathering, diy activism, discussion, sharing, skill sharing, exhibition and performances
23rd August 2008, Saturday, 2pm
no14. Jalan Jelawat 8/10, Seksyen 8, Petaling Jaya.


1. NO G8 japan holidarity – Yew Hun and Alind – 2.30pm to 4.30pm
The last G8 meeting was being held at Hokkaido Japan and for the first time friends from FNBKL and Kudeta join the massive protest and resist against capitalism, establishment, environment, and globalization. They will share their insight and experience there with vivid and vibrant photographs.

2. sepuluh tahun sebelum merdeka – Fahmi Reza – 4.30pm to 6pm
fahmi reza the director of the award winning film-'the most understanding human rights film' of freedom filmfest 2007 –will share his experience of making the film, the independent screening tour around the country, the present feedback, future plans and other things that he wants to share.

3. massa kritikal bike ride – Massa Kritikal – 6pm to 7pm
Massa Kritikal is a 'critical mass' chapter in Kuala Lumpur. They started the movement over here after the first bike parade in July last year. It's an autonomous decentralized movement where people make an effort to build a community of cyclist to ride in every city in the world as a direct action and to campaign for bicycle use in the city.
*whoever who wants to participate in the fun ride to fnbhouse pj from KL on the day of the event, massa kritikal will gather at the annexe central market, KL at 2.30 pm

4. community banner and flag making – Massa Kritikal – 7pm
the gang will invite people to participate in the banner and flag making that will be held at the park in front of the fnbhouse.

screening -7pm to 8pm
1. Tragedi Kg Berembang
-the documentation of wayang kadbod (shadow puppet) performed by the kids of Kg Berembang, telling their story of the tragedy of being evicted from their land and kampung by the city council and developers/corporation to give way to build condominiums.
shot by : Ebrahim Harris,
Edited by: Jimmy Choong
19 minutes

2. A Place Called Chiapas
-documentary about Zapatista movement in Chiapas
92 minutes

accosutic/sound performance - 8pm to 11pm
1. wolf of spunky funggy
2. D.E.P
3. the garrison
4. gangan ensemble (manila and KL)
5. reflex reaction
6. aiman of civil disorder and F.R.U
7. lai kong
our bukit bintang buskers- percussion, didgeridoo, jembe, etc
9. pancaroba

+open mics!! (if we still have time.. should be end before 12pm)

1. farhana
2. yew hun
3. abroko
4. poodien
5. melissa lin
6. rahmat haron
7. bebe
8. the mockmeat collective

to other groups, idealist, human rightist, artist ,activist ,tactivist, collectives:
Be impulsive, imaginative, and take this opportunity to bring down whatever you have (propaganda, fliers, zines, posters, old clothes, anything) to the space. Trade, sell, spread, or give it out for free. We welcome anything and everything! We need you!
Then again, if you really wanna, you can always call Poodien at 013 243 7092 or 03 79550941

++ map to venue ++

CHOPPA Call For Artists 2008 & 2009

The CHOPPA Series is a monthly experimental music night in Singapore held on the last Sunday of every month. The organisers are currently looking for artists/musicians to perform for the remainder of 2008 and into 2009. If you're interested, please get in touch with Darren Moore through email dazzimoore[[at]]gmail[[dot]]com.

August 20, 2008

GOH LEE KWANG forthcoming releases 2008

++ SOLO ++

2008 Cicadas I (Why Not Ltd, cdR)
2008 Stormy Weather, Bukit Mertajam, Penang, Malaysia. (Compost and Height, online) .link.
2008 Max Attacks vol.1 (New Directions, online) .link.
2008 Warm & Meaty (New Directions, online) .link.


PM (Duo with Olaf Hochherz)
2008 PM (Private 3"cdR, limited)

upcoming in Oct:
Draw Sound(working title, text in chinese, english title for ISBN
registration only) - a collaboration release by Kuenstlerhaeuser Worpswede + Herbal Records
book (drawing)+ 3"CD

August 18, 2008

GOH LEE KWANG European Tour Dates

++ AUGUST ++

August, 23 2008 at Hermannshof, Hannover.
solo, and duo with Ignaz Schick. Stereo DJ mixer.

August, 26 2008 at Bankenhoff,Worpswede.
duo with Birgit Ulher, stereo dj mixer!


September 12 - 14 2008 at Künstlerhäuser Worpswede,
GOOD VIBRATIONS sonic & video solo exhibition

September, 15 2008 at alberto ukeban,Berlin.
duo with Olaf Hochherz, stereo dj mixer!

September, 17 2008 at Eletronic Church,Berlin.
duo with Olaf Hochherz, stereo dj mixer!

September, 19 2008 at Salon Bruit,Berlin.
solo, stereo dj mixer!

July 23, 2008

BUTOH JAM! 26 July 2008

Time & Date: 26 July, 2008, 8:30pm

Venue: The Annexe Galleries, Central Market

Admission: RM20 general, RM10 student

Lena Ang and Lee Swee Keong, two distinctive forces of Butoh in Malaysia, collaborate in a fun interactive evening of butoh jam. In this one off event, Lena Ang and Lee Swee Keong, together with musicians, Jerome Kugan and Kok Siew Wai will demonstrate the power of butoh improvisation where creativity knows no boundaries.

Come embrace butoh in its rawnest sense!

A short Q & A will follow this session.

CHOPPA monthly series 26th July 2008 (Singapore)

Join us for Choppa July this coming sunday at Night and Day from 8pm where we have a great night of music lined up.

This Choppa we feature Iron Egg - an electro-acoustic trio featuring Darren Moore (percussion/laptop), Tim O'Dwyer (sax) and Brian O'Reilly (visuals/electronics). The trio members will also be performing individual solo sets to get things going before they join forces for their finale.

Please join us on our sonic adventures!

@ Night and Day
139 Selegie Rd from 8pm

Entry is $16 and includes a complimentary drink

Darren Moore
458 Siglap Rd, #04-04
Singapore 455938
Mob: (+65) 8151 3006
Email: Darren Moore dazzimoore{{at}}gmail{{dot}}com

July 20, 2008

The State of Freezing:
Experimental Films & Videos by Tony Wu

+ Taiwan Experimental Film & Video Festival

An event organised by SiCKL

凝結狀態-吳俊輝個展 + 台灣實驗電影展

The State of Freezing-Experimental Films & Videos by Tony Wu
+ Taiwan Experimental Film & Video Festival

Date: 24th July 2008 (Thursday)
Time: 8pm
Venue: Annexe @ Central Market
Enquiries: 012-266-1579 / 012-695-7987

吳俊輝為美國Bard College, Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts 藝術創作碩士,美國San Francisco Art Institute藝術創作學士。他是2006年臺北雙年展的參展藝術家之一,作品曾經在世界許多著名實驗電影展以及紐約現代美術館(NYMoMa)、法國龐畢度藝術中心等知名藝術中心與美術館放映。近期更被臺北目前最具前瞻性的當代藝術畫廊之一“新苑藝術”簽約成為旗下藝術家。吳俊輝也是臺灣世新大學廣電系電影組的助理教授,也曾策劃多個影展的實驗電影單元,並曾擔任臺灣境內多個影展的評審。

Tony Wu was born in Taitung in 1966 now lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan.holds a MFA degree from Bard College, Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts (U.S.A) and BFA from San Francisco Art Institute (U.S.A). He is one of the selected artists for 2006 Taipei Biennial. His experimental films have been shown in various experimental film festivals around the world, New York Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou and various other art centers and museums. Tony is also the Associate Professor of Shih Hsin University ( Taiwan) and has curated a number of experimental films programme in Taiwan.

放映作品 List of Experimental Films that will be shown :

吳俊輝個展 Experimental Films and Videos of Tony Wu

【公墓4】Cemetery 4
【回家庭電影】Go Home Movie
【感傷之旅】Sentimental Journey
【諾亞諾亞】Noah Noah
【歐洲甦醒】Europe Resurrection

台灣實驗電影展 Taiwan Experimental Film and Video Festival

【Characters】陳欣緯by Chen HsinWei
【動物私語】江淑婷Animagemalanguage by Chiang Shu-Ting
【清相蜜掬】蔡弦剛 Qing Xiang Mi Ju by Hsuan-Kang Tsai
【飄浮Ⅱ-西門町】宇中怡Levitate II – XiMending by Yu Chung-I
【飄浮Ⅳ-番茄汁】宇中怡Levitate IV – tomato juice by Yu Chung-I
【阿嬤】蘇明彥My Grandma by Ming Yan, Su
【回家】李明宇GOING HOME by Ming-Yu, Lee
【斷章】鮑孟德Looking at HE by Meng-De Bao
【nocho ice】李俊宏 by Chun-Hong Lee

July 07, 2008

Interview with Kok Siew Wai

Off the Edge interviews Kok Siew Wai on SiCKL, EMACM, music, Malaysia and much more.
A .pdf file of the article can be found here.

July 05, 2008

JUSTICE YELDMAN, 18th July 2008


ANAM (Scotland / Ireland)
LOVE AFFAIR (Malaysia)
KROSOT (Malaysia)

DATE : 18th July 2008 (Friday)

TIME : 8:00pm

studio in cheras kl,
75, tingkat 3,

amber business plaza
jalan jelawat 1,
cheras 56100
kuala lumpur




'What's been described as "a trumpet player trapped in a two dimensional universe" is in fact the unique audio work of Justice Yeldham, a maverick musician with an unhealthy obsession with sheets of broken glass. By pressing his face and lips against the glass whist employing various vocal techniques ranging from throat singing to raspberries, he turns disguarded household windows into crude musical instruments. Resulting in a wide variety of cacophonous noises that are strangely controlled and oddly musical.'

'Justice Yeldham is the latest alter-ego of Australian sound performer Lucas Abela, whose past sonic experiments were conducted under monikers like A Kombi, Dj Smallcock & Peeled Hearts Paste. Initially classed as an experimental turntablist, although his early work rarely resembled anything in the field. Early feats, saw him stab vinyl with Kruger style stylus gloves, bound on electro acoustic trampolines, drag race the popemobile across Sydney Harbour Bridge, perform deaf defying duet duels with amplified samurai swords, hospitalised by high powered turntables constructed from sewing machine motors, record chance John Peel sessions with the Flaming Lips, & be Otomo Yoshihides' favourite entry into his Ground Zero remix competition; 'Consummation' even though instead of sampling the CD he destroyed it using amplified skewers! '


'About Mindfuckingboy : Creating noise is like being free. Free from everyone's control. Free from conventional boundries and rules of music that were set by other people. Music played by mindfuckingboy is inspired by the nihilistic view on human life, played without much conscious self-control. Its a way of expressing my supressed and the most intimate feelings which cannnot be phrased into words. Countries which i have played in : Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and Switzerland'


'Anam was founded by Claudine Gabriel and Alan McLean who will perform a new piece, 'No Hands' as a duo. Claudine is Irish. She studied contemporary dance and performing art in the UK and performed music and dance across northern Europe, working with contemporary, popular, traditional and jazz groups. Alan studied Philosophy in his native Scotland and started playing electric guitar a year ago. Musically, 'No Hands' focusses on many ways to produce (and hear) a single note using electric guitar and electronics. Alan describes the note E as "deep blue". Claudine performs with voice, movement and the bohdran, the traditional Irish hand drum. The piece is a delicate interaction between the duo, an exchange of movement for music and music for movement.'


'love affair started out early 2000 but due to bad music and trips, the affair had to be postponed before it got out of hand. if you notice the strings on the thirsty fishes, you will know that children hang from it to get from point a to b as opposed to the evil mothers who forces their children to eat vegetables and sleep at 9, while driving their minivan around under the influence of suburban pharmaceutical. finally the red elephant asked us to start the affair back again, just to help the rebellion eventhough we used to love each other but we still need the affair to get on living with the beasts and even more important is each other. love affair is an addition by addiction. always will and always has. lets start the affair!!'


Some tasty 'lo-fi noise manipulation' from Krosot is all you need to send your ears STRAIGHT TO HELL.

July 04, 2008


Kok Siew Wai will present her video art as part of the NYOBA KAN BUTOH FESTIVAL.
The festival runs from the 3rd to the 26th of July.
Her video art will be presented as part of "She walks in beauty like the night" which occurs on the 3rd week of festival - 17th to 20th of July - at the Annexe, Central Market.
For complete details, please visit

July 02, 2008

HSBC Young Composers Workshop 08 Facts

New at this year's HSBC Classics Piano Festival is the Young Composers Workshop, the premiere New Music event of the year.

17 young composers from around the country from Sabah to Sungai Petani are participating by submitting an original work for a chamber ensemble of flute, oboe and piano. A selection panel of established Malaysian composers chaired by Chong Kee Yong and comprising Ahmad Muriz Che Rose and Saidah Rastam will select five compositions to be workshopped and performed at a concert presentation on 13 July 2008.

A rehearsal workshop on Friday 11 July 08 at 8.30pm at Indicine is open to the public free of charge.

Finals Concert - Sunday 13 July 08 at KLPac Pentas 2 at 11 am (Tickets Rm
20 / 15 concession)

The Young Composers Workshop 08 culminates in a concert on 13 July 08 at Pentas 2 at 11 am. Undoubtedly THE contemporary music event of the year at home, it not only showcases the compositions of the workshop finalists, but also premieres by Malaysian composers Johan Othman and Ng Chong Lim.

You will be the first to hear Johan Othman's opera in progress in an excerpt prepared specially for this workshop titled "Dying In Order To Live" for soprano and piano. His delightful work "the dancing mouse" for voice and harp, based on texts by William Radice, also gets a Malaysian premiere after its world premiere on 16 June 08 in Hamburg. Ng Chong Lim also shares with you his new piano solo work, just as the ink dries on his brand new score. Piano Festival Competition semifinalist also makes an
encore of his competition piece, Chong Kee Yong's Splattered Landscape.

Five new works by our workshop finalists will form the centre-piece of the concert. You can expect bold, innovative styles as well as that touch of Malaysian that inevitably finds its way into our local music. Some of the pieces will be beautifully lyrical, others excitingly experimental. The submissions to the workshop have been of exceptional quality, and Malaysia's young composers are a force to be reckoned with!

Our dedicated musicians, pianists Chee Su Yen, Joyce Ho and Lee Yin Hwa together with oboist Yong How Keen and flautist Vincent Kok will perform the works of the young composers. And guest performers harpist Tan Keng Hong and soprano Chin Yen Lin join us to make this concert of premieres truly special.

June 24, 2008

SOL 0001
June 28th 2008


The SicKL Open Lab (SOL) is launching its first season with new works in poetry, experimental music, video and film on this coming Saturday, 28 June at the Studio in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur (SicKL).

SOL 0001 kicks off its first program with voice composition by Tham Kar Mun- featuring Tham Kar Mun, Yandsen, Kok Siew Wai and Wong Perng Fei; Malaysia premiere experimental video and film works by Au Sow Yee, Huvy and Wong Fe Lik; and a multidisciplinary performance with poetry and visual arts by Tan Yan Tee, Chen Lin Loong, Law Yee Wan and Looi Yook Tho.

SicKL Open Lab (SOL) is organized by Studio in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur (SicKL). SicKL has gathered a group of young artists from different disciplines to share ideas and passion in art, and work together to bring new voices to the local art scene. SOL is the outcome of this collective philosophy.

SOL is a monthly art laboratory where artists come together to show individual’s work and form new collaboration. SiCKL will provide the environment for artistic expression, improvisation, experimentation, learning and collaboration. In each lab session, we encourage artists from different backgrounds to experiment with each other to create new work. This open platform is free to perform, to exhibit, to experiment and to collaborate. We welcome artists from all disciplines.


SOL happens on the last Saturday of every month at 8pm. Please contact us to confirm the dates.

For more information, please contact:
Siew Wai: swsuny((at))hotmail((dot))com / kokbuffalo((at))yahoo((dot))com
Sow Yee: truely_au((at))hotmail((dot))com

** Next SOL: 26 July 2008 **

Address & Map to SiCKL available here:

Studio in Cheras KL
75, Tingkat 3,
Amber Business Plaza,
Jalan Jelawat 1,
Cheras 56100

May 29, 2008

New release on

May 28, 2008


Dear Friends,

Please come join us at SicKL's new monthly program!
We are now officially calling for local and regional

SicKL OPEN LAB (SOL) is a monthly art laboratory where
artists come together to show individual’s work and
form new collaboration. SiCKL will provide the
environment for artistic expression, improvisation,
experimentation, learning and collaboration. In each
lab session, we encourage artists from different
backgrounds to experiment with each other to create
new work. This open platform is free to perform, to
exhibit, to experiment and to collaborate. We welcome
artists from all disciplines.

Dare to experiment! Surprise us and surprise

SOL happens on the last Saturday of every month at

For more information, please contact:
SicKL (Studio in Cheras, KL)
Siew Wai: swsuny||at||hotmail||dot||com / kokbuffalo||at||yahoo||dot||com
Sow Yee: truely_au||at||hotmail||dot||com

May 05, 2008


Sunday 11th Mary 2008

event organised by SiCKL

April 29, 2008

FRAMEWORK 20/04/08

Latest edition of Framework has a tracklist which includes
Tham Mar Mun and Yeoh Yin Pin

Streamable and downloadable from:

March 09, 2008

Review of the CHOPPA Festival 2008

from the Wire, March 2008

**click on image to enlarge

February 19, 2008

in support of his Good Vibrations CD

click to enlarge image and view all scheduled dates for the tour!

February 10, 2008

Annexe CM, 26th February, 8pm, $18

"Robin Fox is a Melbourne based sound and visual artist currently working with live digital media in improvised, composed and installation settings.

He creates audio-visual works for the cathode ray oscilloscope, which have been released on the DVD Backscatter (Synaesthesia Records). The DVD has screened at the Rotterdam International Film Festival; Mittwoschule (Berlin); 8th International New Media Arts Festival (Riga) and TRANSIT Festival (Switzerland).

Live audiovisual performances have taken place across Europe including appearances at the Netmage Festival (Bologna); Wien Modern Festival (Vienna); Noise and Glamour Festival (Moscow) and Transacoustic Festival (Auckland). This work, in constant development, is currently being realised with a high-powered, audio controlled laser system with recent performances at the Institute for Modern Art (Brisbane); NIME06 (Paris); Wellington International Jazz Festival (New Zealand); Totally Huge New Music Festival (Perth); October Contemporary Festival (Hong Kong).

A major European tour took place in May/June 2007 with laser based presentations at Musique Action Festival (Nancy, France); VENN Festival (Bristol, UK); Music Genera Festival (Szczesin, Poland) and Neia Musik Festival (Mulhouse, France) among numerous other appearances. His recent installation work Volta has featured at the RoslynOxley9 Gallery and Orange Regional Art Gallery in 2006 and in 2007 featured at the Asian Art Biennale (Tapei).

Musically, he has performed with some of the world’s leading improvisers including Jon Rose, Tony Buck, Oren Ambarchi, Lasse Marhaug, Jerome Noetinger, Clayton Thomas (Album Substation released by Room40, 2005), Erkki Veltheim, Natasha Anderson and Sean Baxter among many others and has an ongoing collaborative duo with composer/performer Anthony Pateras. This duo is documented on Coagulate released through Synaesthesia in 2003 and Flux Compendium released on eMego in 2006. He is also a member of Beta-erko, a quartet recently released on Berlin based Quecksilber label.

Fox is a regular performer and speaker at festivals around Australia (What is Music, Liquid Architecture, Electrofringe, SOOB, NowNOW, Big Day Out) and performs regularly across Europe and Asia."

EMACM Collective @ CHOPPA Festival 2008
(erroneously billed and listed as "ECACM Collective")

The EMACM Collective are Yandsen, Azmyl Yunor, Tham Kar Mun, Kok Siew Wai and Goh Lee Kwang.

January 08, 2008

2008, Singapore
25th and 26th of January 2008 @ Flexible Performance Space, LASALLE

EMACM Collective
(Tham Kar Mun, Yandsen, Azmyl Yunor, Boon, and Goh Lee Kwang)
are scheduled for the CHOPPA Festival in Singapore.

Goh Lee Kwang plays on the first day of the festival, the 25th;
and EMACM Collective on the second day, the 26th.



Since January 2007 C.H.O.P.P.A. has been the only regular improvised music series in Singapore presenting monthly concerts showcasing the underbelly of the Singapore and regional music scenes and giving a forum for sound artists and musicians to present their work.

C.H.O.P.P.A. turns 1!!
C.H.O.P.P.A. FESTIVAL 08 will mark 1 year of operations for the C.H.O.P.P.A. series that has been curated by Tim O’Dwyer and Darren Moore who are both originally from Australia and are current lecturers in Jazz and Pop music at LASALLE College of the Arts.

C.H.O.P.P.A. Improvised Music Festival will be truly international in 2008 bringing together 20 musicians from Japan, Malaysia, Sweden, Australia and Singapore featuring noise, electro-acoustic, lap-top, interactive sound art, free jazz and kraut rock.

The festival will run over two consecutive nights from Friday the 25th to Saturday the 26th of January at LASALLE College of the Arts with festival after-parties on each night featuring guest DJ’s around the corner upstairs at Blu Jaz in Bali Lane.