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Processed Harp Works, Volume 1 | NWAED006

by Kris Keogh

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Kris Keogh is an Australian musician, producer, artist and designer and is the sixth artist to feature on New Weird Australia’s ‘New Editions’ release series with ‘Processed Harp Works, Volume One’.

Several years in the making, the genesis can be traced to leaving behind the tropics and moving to Osaka in 2008. Coming from his base in Arnhem Land and never having lived in a city before, Kris soon realised he could do whatever he wanted. Learning to play the harp was top of his list. Spending a year studying harp by day and mixing it with the Osaka underground by night was the perfect double life. After writing his dream audio software, he moved back home to Arnhem Land, locked himself away for three months with the girl of his dreams and made this album.

With a long history of music making, from his renowned Blastcorp project to the recent work as the duo Red Plum and Snow, ‘Processed Harp Works, Volume One’ represents a sonic departure on an epic scale – one that required an organisation the size of the Darwin Symphony Orchestra to realise. Kris discovered their harp in storage, allowing him to continue the learning curve initiated in Japan – recording by day, splicing and mutating by night.

With influences as diverse as Debussy, Merzbow, Prince, Kris explains his rationale thus: “I made this record to make girls swoon, scare animals and bewilder my family. Imply everything. Bury melody. Obscure rhythm. Respect tradition. Fuck presets.”


released March 14, 2011

Written, played, recorded, processed, mixed and mastered by Kris Keogh.
This album is entirely made from harp recordings processed using self-made Reaktor ensembles.
Harp recorded at CDU Theatre, Darwin (Mar-Sept 2010)
Processed and mixed at home in Nhulunbuy, Arnhem Land (Oct 2010 – Jan 2011)
Reaktor ensembles built by trial and error (2003-2010)
Thanks to Deb, my family, Snapsuit, Mark Schultz, Brandon, Richeaux, Gretchen & Roddy, Gemma, Mel S, Ruben, the Trank, Stu at NWA. Special thanks to Erna, Martin and Guy at the Darwin Symphony Orchestra and to Harumi Okayama and everyone at Aoyama Harps, Osaka, Japan.


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