Annie Morrad and Ian McArthur live at opposite ends of the planet. Morrad (London) and McArthur (Sydney) began working together in 2014 exploring their interest in sound art, rhythm in the urban environment, improvisation, jazz, crowds and the city.
They compose and play collaborative sound work and live performances through telematic online performance, installations and experimental broadcasts. For live events McArthur broadcasts electronic sounds, field recordings and live mixing. Morrad plays live improvised alto and tenor saxophone against these. McArthur and Morrad first met in Shanghai in 2001. Both had been involved in music projects dating back to the punk era. This experience and DIY spirit is reflected in their mellifluous yet often noisy post-punk/outjazz sound and the fundamentally self-released nature of their ouevre. Hitting upon the core concept of remote or telematic collaboration as a foundational component of their approach the pair have developed a theory of collaborative improvisation they have called "The Digital Unique". This is shaped time delays, glitches, feedback and distortion - problematic sonic artifacts and unpredictable ‘accidents’ are all utilised. Morrad+McArthur have a monthly radio broadcast "Itinerant Mind" every third Saturday morning each month on Wave Farm WGXC90.7FM at: https://wavefarm.org/wgxc/schedule/y1e2ta