Extremely prolific wellington experimental sound-artist who also records his given name of Campbell Kneale, and as a founding member of such varied performance outfits as Lugosi, hataitai bowling club etc. Kneale has been making music since the mid 90s, accumulating a vast amount of (usually) limited edition CD-r releases and building a name for himself overseas, were he receives a considerably higher profile (though due to the nature of his music – quite abstract, this popularity is limited to an appreciative cult following).
Though primarily the alias of Kneale, Birchville Cat Motel recordings often featured like-minded improvisational musicians, such as the superb Jewelled Wings on Freedom From. An all acoustic, no overdue stew of drone and clatter driven by just about any household item imagineable (one such moment devolves into an orchestra of wind-tubes), the recording features prominent wellington artists Kieran Monaghan and Bill Wood (Surface of the Earth).
In 2002 i had the pleasure of conducting an email interview with Kneale, before i was really too familiar with his work. Kneale was candid and satirical, which lead to a rather entertaining interview, that can be read here. Kneale has since gone on to establish quite a name for himself in underground circles, with Wellingtons improvisation scene being touted as something of a second-coming for New Zealand outsider music.
picks in bold
- ‘white alpha matte’/’white beta matte’ 7″ lathe-cut [celebrate psi phenomenon]
- ‘invisable’ 7″ lathe-cut [celebrate psi phenomenon]
- ‘grey wolves gather’/’blue jewel drift’ 7″ lathe-cut [secret safari / celebrate psi phenomenon]
- ‘fountain and the love of tokyo’/’ghost robot carcass’ 7″ lathe-cut [animal kingdom records]
- a tiny attic of throbbing circles [root don lonie for cash rdl050]
- glamourpuss cassette [celebrate psi phenomenon]
- cyclops super trike cassette [celebrate psi phenomenon]
- wet crimson eternity cassette [celebrate psi phenomenon]
- holy mother of god cassette [celebrate psi phenomenon]
- split cassette [w/ small blue torch celebrate psi phenomenon]
- split cassette [w/ 010010 celebrate psi phenomenon]
- split cassette [w/ cowcatcher celebrate psi phenomenon]
- split lathe-cut 7″ / cassette [w/ eso steel celebrate psi phenomenon]
- split cassette [w/ lugosi celebrate psi phenomenon]
- untitled split cd [w/ bruce russell celebrate psi phenomenon]
- zenkoji cd-r [celebrate psi phenomenon]
- birchville cat motel [1997 insample / celebrate psi phenomenon IN004]
- china slope cassette [w/ small blue torch