Live Reviews

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TIME OFF: 8 February 2012

OLIVER TANK, WHITE PALMS, ANONYMEYE
The Bridge Club: 03.02.2012

Brisbane collective SIlo are doing some interesting things around town in the name of boosting support for electronic musicians and digital artists, including putting together tonight’s lineup which opens with Anonymeye, the musical pseudonym of Andrew Tuttle. With a steel-string, he carefully adds guitar noodling to a bed of atmospheric sounds made from the MacBook he’s huddled in front of. He calls it esoteric pop, quite an apt term, though one which doesn’t quite capture the pretty allure of its musings which would not be out of place in a meditation or yoga class.

TYLER MCLOUGHLAN

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RAVE: 13 December 2011

GANG GANG DANCE, FABULOUS DIAMONDS, ANONYMEYE
Brisbane Powerhouse: 06.12.2011

The Powerhouse is a great space in which to hear Anonymeye. Something about his acoustic instrument/laptop hybrid lends itself very well to the ambience of this particular room. Although only a few punters are in attendance at this early stage of the evening, those who are present get treated to a rather swoonsome set of building instrumentation, based around acoustic guitar and banjo loops. The layers of melody occasionally remind me of ‘kosmische’ soundscapists Popol Vuh.

MATT THROWER

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FASTERLOUDER: 23 August 2011

SEEKAE, THE LAURELS, ANONYMEYE
The Zoo: 19.08.11

First up tonight is Anonymeye, also known as Andrew Tuttle plays experimental country in the utmost sense of the label. Acoustic guitars and banjos being the choice instruments, they are run through endless amounts of effects and digital modifications to create a truly unique sound. The crowd may be slightly lacking, but Tuttle’s sound makes him a perfect billing with Seekae. An early highlight of the evening, with Tuttle’s unique approach to his instruments making the set an interesting experience.

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RAVE: 23 August 2011

SEEKAE, THE LAURELS, ANONYMEYE
The Zoo: 19.08.11

Anonymeye, AKA Andrew Tuttle, plays a kind of music that creeps up on you. It seeps into your consciousness and directs your thoughts without you knowing. Tonight’s set has an eastern flavour, and Tuttle, sitting up there in his suit-jacket, banjo on his knee, and surrounded by wires and electronics, cuts a contradictory figure – but it works for him.

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RAVE: 2 November 2010

MOUSE ON MARS, QUA, B6 ANONYMEYE
The Zoo: 27.10.10

A very quiet evening greets me as I climb The Zoo’s stairway, with only a sprinkling of folk present when local Andrew Tuttle, performing under the name Anonymeye, performs his acoustic-laptop creations. With some surprisingly plaintive (though still minimalist) acoustic guitar, he filters the notes via his equipment to create a spidery criss-cross of intertwining melodies (interrupted rudely by occasional unplanned feedback blasts).

MATT THROWER

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AETERNAL FLUX: September 2010

ANONYMEYE, FABIO UMBERTO, THE BZNZZ, BLANKFACE DISTORTION
Stutter/Horse Bazaar: 21.07.10

Anonymeye (aka Brisbane laptop musician and folk guitarist Andrew Tuttle) starts off his short but sweet set with looped harmonica and guitar, layering bucolic lines that are patterned and phased with echo. The introduction of swirling electronics brings about an aesthetic deterritorialisation of heavy industry and pastoral landscape, gradually faded out until there is only live guitar. Single lead notes alternated with bass pedal tone summon the spirit of John Fahey with a rippling cascade of bluegrass flavours.

His second piece moves from a suggested dialectic of nostalgia and progress further into pure electronic abstraction, building a drone pulsar out of guitar harmonics. Arpeggio loops are added, a motif shimmering in vibrato, amid waves of buzzing electronics. Swirling fragments of drone are set spinning in hard-panned echo and then gradually restitched to radiate warmly.

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RAVE: 13 April 2010

BRIGHTBLACK MORNING LIGHT, RIO EN MEDIO, ANONYMEYE
The Troubadour: 10.04.10

When Anonymeye supported progressive metallers Isis a few months ago it was a peculiar but engaging performance. Peculiar in that a crowd of long-haired metalheads were probably expecting something more forceful than an electronic manipulator hunkered over a combination of technology and ‘old’ instruments like acoustic guitar and harmonica. But engaging in the way that Anonymeye (local lad Andrew Tuttle) fused these new and old worlds into dense, ethereal soundscapes. Replace the metalheads with seated and attentive listeners at The Troubadour and you now have a delightful opening set.

MITCH ALEXANDER

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RAVE: 23 February 2010

ISIS, ANONYMEYE, AXXONN
The Hi-Fi: 18.02.10

Anonymeye would have been the perfect intro to the night with his electro-acoustic dabblings. But his quiet, textural work comes straight on before the headliners and much chatter is heard over his subtle music. Which is lovely, by the way, melding blues harp and acoustic guitar looped through his gizmos and blended with vintage synth sounds produced via a combo of laptop and keyboard.

MITCH ALEXANDER

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TIME OFF: 10 June 2009

SYNCRETISM – PIMMON, SEAWORTHY, ANONYMEYE
Judith Wright Centre: 28.05.09

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RAVE: 2 June 2009

SYNCRETISM – PIMMON, SEAWORTHY, ANONYMEYE
Judith Wright Centre: 28.05.09

With acoustic guitar threaded through MacBook (and various other effects contraptions) local “laptop folk” artist Anonymeye, aka Andrew Tuttle, delivers something of a jolly Irish shanty sung on a digital sea. Tuttle explores a dichotomous sound that is at once both distant and manipulated, and also quite intimate. Anonymeye definitely shows great potential to get these ideas focused into an intriguing performance.
PAUL RANKIN

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LABYRINTH CITY: April 2009

10 HOUR TRANCE @ READY FIRE AIM FESTIVAL
Old Museum: 29.03.09

I walk back in to see Anonymeye, aka Andrew Tuttle, is roughly halfway through one of his rare unprocessed solo acoustic performances.

With a small crowd looking on, Andrew takes us through some of his soon-to-be released new material and at one point Daniel Spencer (Blank Realm) joins in on drums. Even though his guitar skills are amazing – particularly his ability to add layers to each section seamlessly using all of his fingers separately – his live shows never seem to pull in the audience, only a few dedicated on-lookers take notice for more than a few minutes. His sound is entirely unique, a complex take on country infusing drone & intricate experimental compositions – I can instantly recognize anything by him – but it’s virtually unappealing to many because it’s so insular, almost impenetrable.

BROWN

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LABYRINTH CITY: November 2008

FICKLE BEASTS, MT. AUGUSTUS, MCKISKO, ANONYMEYE
Tongue and Groove: 07.11.08

Anonymeye is half-way into his set by the time I arrive, a small crowd rounding up to ten are focusing on him as he sits with his acoustic guitar in his lap and laptop in front of him. He occasionally looks around the room, almost squarely at me – perhaps because I’m sweating profusely from the walk through West End and show signs of passing out from the heat down in this basement-turn-bar – and other times at the people sitting in front of me, maybe trying to gauge their reactions to the long, repetitive song he’s playing.

Anonymeye, a local experimental musician has a peculiar sound: An acoustic guitar tuned to almost standard country style chords are fed through his laptop, manipulated, twisted and looped around to a somewhat strange effect and experience upon hearing it live.

His last song in his set is significantly shorter and with a lot of more emphasis on drone and resonance. I thoroughly enjoy this song, more-so when I move closer to the stage area away from the amassing crowd in the back of the room. Even with a few technical mishaps throughout the previous song, he recovers and impresses me with that last great song. And with a quiet thank you at the end, the audience gives an applause and I order a drink before I pass-out from expelling several litres of sweat.. and to have something to hold in my hand.

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BEFORE HOLLYWOOD: Wednesday August 6, 2008

ANONYMEYE, UR
Ric’s: 23.07.08

Anonymeye (aka Andrew Tuttle) could technically be labelled as a Melbourne artist these days, but since he spent his formative years and started this project in Brisbane (as well as playing and organising many events here, such as last week’s Decline Of Modern Civilisation show at the Tongue & Groove), I figure that we can stretch our metaphorical pages to talk about him [update: apparently he moved back to Brisbane a few months ago]. Tuttle mixes intricate bluegrass fingerpicking with sound manipulations to create a fairly unique atmosphere, since when the two are combined it creates a strange balance between comfortable familiarity and otherworldiness. This evening’s set started with more acoustic melodies than electronic drones, easing everyone into Anonymeye’s world. After a few minutes of this the electronic elements began to creep in, but they were still in the relative background and served more as a bed of noise on which the guitar lines sat.
Gradually the drones took on a more upfront role, with Tuttle alternating between a few bars of picked guitar and a few bars of sound manipulation. I got the feeling that he was having a few technical difficulties, as the electronic elements of his sound weren’t coming through clearly and at times the two disparate elements were not gelling – it almost seemed like two parallel sets that were competing for the audience’s
attention. At other times it all managed to fall into place, but these moments tended to make the more awkward parts even more frustrating. Ric’s is also often not the best location for a show like this – as great as it is for a sweaty rock show, the chatter from the mall (and in the room itself) tends to distract when there’s more subtle music coming from the stage.

CAMERON SMITH

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TIME OFF: Wednesday November 8, 2006

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE, LOST DOMAIN, ANONYMEYE
The Zoo: 03.11.06

A rainy night, a room full of curious individuals and a bunch of folk pulling their music out of thin air – that’s this evening’s menu. Anonymeye is one Andrew Tuttle, cradling an acoustic guitar and feeding sounds into and out of a laptop. His glitchy indie-tronica fills the room in waves of relaxed sound that despite its continued layering and rushes of noise seems to not quite connect with tonight’s wandering sightseers.

JO HILL

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RAVE: Tuesday November 7, 2006

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE, LOST DOMAIN, ANONYMEYE
The Zoo: 03.11.06

Anonymeye, his laptop and his guitar crack things open with tripped out electronic country production. He taps into this modernised suburban soundscape that stretches and reduces languid guitar riffs against spaced abstract beats.

THE SOCKMONKEY

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FASTERLOUDER.COM.AU

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE, LOST DOMAIN, ANONYMEYE

The Zoo: 03.11.06

Experimental folk musician Anonymeye starts the night off with an interesting droney electronic brand of country music. Despite his creation of some enjoyable sounds, the audience doesn’t pay much attention.

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RAVE: Wednesday June 28, 2006
http://www.ravemagazine.com.au/content/view/672/82/

ANONYMEYE, QUA, KES, SECRET BIRDS
The Troubadour: 21.06.08

Lastly, juggling a laptop and his guitar Anonymeye took to the stage to launch his new CD Anonymeye Motel, combining recordings/samples, mellow vocals and charming country guitar to describe Australia’s highways and byways. Anonymeye’s musical depiction of shitty motels and long, hot drives down the M1 lost nothing in its live translation and left everyone with a warm, pleasant buzz, akin to that rendered by a litre of cheap roadside coffee.

CAMILLA JONES

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Time Off: Wednesday December 15, 2004

ED KUEPPER & JEFFREY WEGENER, ANONYMEYE
PESTORIUS SWEENEY HOUSE: 11.12.04

An art gallery nestled in the hills of Hamilton is perhaps the last place you’d expect to see avant country via local duo Anonymeye. Andrew Tuttle’s twanging guitar work interweaves with a range of samples, blips and beeps to provide a soundscape channelling the distinctly different sounds of John Fahey and Matmos. Partner in crime Tara Pattenden provides stark rural imagery through a range of visuals to compliment the sounds, finding the niche where noise meets the prairie. Their set displays a depth of talent in a promising young group.

DONAT TAHIRAJ

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LIVEJOURNAL: December 2004
ED KUEPPER & JEFFREY WEGENER, ANONYMEYE

PESTORIUS SWEENEY HOUSE: 11.12.04

Sole support act Anonymeye started things up with laptop cut-ups set to their own film work. Bits of their performance had quite a rural feel to it (in a non-country music way), which made for a somewhat relaxing warm-up for the main thing. It also had a slightly unnerving quality deep underneath making it quite intriguing at times.

GRAEME
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