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Lucas Abela – Same but Different Tour

by beth sorensen
lucas abela holding a piece of glass

The Same But Different Tour will be postponed until further notice.  

If you have purchased a ticket to this show, we will be in touch shortly to organise a refund. We will announce a new set of dates once it is safe and reasonable to do so.

After performing as part of experimental sound art program Soft Pedal II in March 2021, Lucas Abela, aka Justice Yeldham, returns to The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre to finish up the Same But Different Tour. 

When COVID struck and international commitments evaporated, Lucas hunkered down at home to reinvent how the glass is processed, and with a new modular workflow, has converted the normally mono glass into a quadraphonic instrument.

Using positive and negative envelopes, gates and triggers all derived solely from the glass signals, dynamics and frequencies, Lucas synchronises changes in a myriad of audio parameters in response to performance techniques.

The results produce a range of parallel audio chains accompanying, or even replacing, the origin signal. This signal is not sequenced, sampled or looped, but rather played in unison, adding significant layers of depth and character to their glass playing which, you might say, is same but different.

Following shows in Brisbane, Lismore, Canberra, Melbourne, Wagga Wagga and many more, Lucas will return to Sydney with a special performance soon, supported by Del Lumanta.

The Same But Different Tour is supported by Australia Council for the Arts.

Artist Bios

Lucas Abela
Maverick musician Lucas Abelas ecstatic performances with shards of amplified glass are the stuff of legend. Their singular practice emerged within the noise underground, where the glass evolved from a means to create free-noise cacophonies into an oddly versatile instrument producing an organic form of outsider electronica.

Their an unorthodox approach to music creation has attracted the attention of some of the world’s most adventurous musicians, sometimes resulting in serendipitous collaborations with the likes of Lou Reed, Yamatsuka Eye (Boredoms), Dave Grohl (Nirvana), Flaming Lips (Peel Session), Trey Spruance (Mr Bungle), Deerhoof, Merzbow, Chris Abrahams, Oren Ambarchi, Senyawa and Death Grips.

Del Lumanta
Del Lumanta is a Sydney-based artist interested in skill share and intersections between art and music through independent community processes.

Through their solo and collaborative music/sound projects they have supported Klein, Caterina Barbieri, Lucy Cliche, William Basinksi, Lawrence English, Deerhoof, Container, Aisha Devi and more. Their experimental works are varied and curious and have been presented at Dark Mofo, Vivid, Next Wave and Sydney Festival.

Image: Rob Sferco