electric guitar / bass
Super Luminum is an improvised electric and bass guitar duo based in Melbourne, Australia. Members Cat Hope (Decibel, Candied Limbs, HzHzHz) and Lisa MacKinney (Taipan Tiger Girls, Hospital Pass, Mystic Eyes) met in Perth over ten years ago and have collaborated since then on a variety of projects. Their influences are wide-ranging, but this project is particularly informed by MacKinney’s work with Rhys Chatham (most recently as section leader for his 2018 Sydney Festival performances) and Hope’s rich collaborations with Eliane Radigue. These two very different composers share a musical aesthetic characterised by an unhurried approach to the gradual unfolding of ideas and the constructive employment of stasis as a compositional philosophy. In Super Luminum, MacKinney and Hope apply this approach to improvisation, creating loud, euphoric, swirling textures that feature exploratory playing techniques and incorporate feedback, noise and experimental tonalities. This produces an immersive musical experience that is hypnotic and thrilling.