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November 2014 news

Welcome to onmusic.com. This site provides information and music on Sydney based guitarist and composer Luke O’Neill.

Today I’ve been listening to new music by two young musicians from the Southern Hoghlands of N.S.W.

Thomas Zachary is a great cellist and ambient music composer. He’s been working on several new music-scapes including

‘Threnody for Robin Williams’. Highly evocative recordings that feature Thomas overdubbing himself as he plays a range of instruments including:

cello, tabla, guitar, electric bass, piano and voice.

Joe Murray is a captivating guitarist, singer and songwriter. His original songs feature lyrics full of neo-psychadelic imagery. The dreaminess of his music’s atmosphere is emphasized through his high, moody vocals whlist being grounded by his well-crafted acoustic guitar playing.

June 2014

Welcome to the website of Sydney based musician Luke O’Neill.

At the moment doing some recording with guitarist Mike Caen (see photo). We’re discussing guitar duet ideas for live work. A real pleasure to play with Mike.

April 2014 news

Welcome to the website of sydney based guitarist Luke O’Neill.

Performed with guitarist Guiseppe Zangari and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra from April 3 to 5th.

The concert was the ‘Gladiator’ film featuring the live soundtrack written by Hans Zimmer and

Lisa Gerrard. Wonderfully conducted by L.A. based Justin Freer.

Mid March 2014

Welcome to the website of Sydney based musician Luke ONeill.

Performed a set a blues and jazz tunes with South african singer Trude Aspeling on Sunday afternoon (23/3/14). The concert was put on by Leichardt City Council and was held in Lilyfield War Memorial Park. A great community music event. Other acts were Wendy Matthews and her band.

March 2014

Whilst in Chile we visited the Andean mountains around Pucon, close to the Argentinian border. Here we are with the Volcano el Lanin in the background.

January 2014

Welcome to the website for Australian guitarist and composer Luke O’Neill.

Last year was a big one. One of the highlights being graduating with my Creative Arts Research Masters degree.

Lots of words and sounds about numbers and the music ideas of percussionist Greg Sheehan. I will post the thesis and audio tracks here very soon.

July 2013

Hi , welcome to onmusic.com  the site for Australian guitarist Luke O’Neill.

I have been taking some time to read some interviews from a pile of ‘downbeat’ music magazines from the 70′s;

master drummers like Philly Joe Jones and Tony Williams, bassist Alfonso Johnson, conga player Mongo Santamaria…Guitarists: Santana and Phil Manzanera. Philly Joe had some interesting things to say on touring overseas and eeking out an existence as a jazz player in the U.S…how in Europe there were great gigs and appreciation but he was at home in the U.S.; this is where he chose to work even if that meant it wasn’t as easy financially.

Professional artistic people have to make these decisions all the time.

April 2013

We have chosen where to live…made a commitment! And I handed in my Masters thesis yesterday! It’s all come together.

August 2012 news

August, 2012 update for onmusic.com the website of Australian musician Luke O’Neill.

Hello all,

Here is an artwork by Picton artist Ruby Little-Clarke. Definitely makes me miss those Picton hills!

Lately I’ve been enjoying working on film soundtrack composition and sound design as part of my teaching at the Centre for Digital Media and Design at Wollongong Tafe. The facilities, staff and the students there are great. Sadly the newly introduced budgetary cut backs by TAFE NSW means the CDMD section will only have our invaluable technical officer Colin Coakes 1.5 days a week rather than full-time. A real blow to the sections ability to function at full steam. In the recording studio I’ve had some fun with ‘Two trains through Treetops’, a soundscape scored for four electric guitars and 4 bowed cymbals. It is my sonic take on the the ugly and amazing sounds two coal trains make as they intersect each other near my home in Stanwell Park. With the help of my friend Ricky Zalewski an mp3 will be up soon…actually try this  (it starts very gradually, so be patient): Two Trains 64kb (Wind-GTR and Wave-Bowed Cymbals)

April 2012 news

Just back from a 10 day travel through the South Island of N.Z. Did some research into the music scene and there seems to be potential for touring next year to festivals in Cardona, Dunedin and Queenstown.

Here in Oz, we have a Mutual Acquaintances gig on this Saturday (the 21st) in Wollongong at the Illawarra Folk Club (www.illawarrafolkclub.org.au)

In the ‘New Music’ area I’ve recently visited Kraig Grady, a Wollongong based Californian composer, to discuss ideas on a piece I’ve started work on that will need

a ‘Just Intonation’ approach. Kraig and his partner Terumi Narushima are composers who create much of their work with this tuning system. For more on Kraig’s music go to www.anaphoria.com

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