Michael J Hex Profile

aka Michael J Brasell
Michael Canning
10 Feb 2017

Michael J. Hex started his musical career in Christchurch in the late 1980s. He formed Squirm with Brett Lupton in 1991 and they released several recordings. In the mid 1990s he began releasing his solo work on Noseflute, a DIY label that he co-founded. His work includes beautiful, affecting love songs as well as instrumental soundscapes via loops and processed/found sounds. He was a prolific artist with an uncompromising vision who created a body of work that was energetic, provocative, and emotionally complex.

By the time he released his fourth album, 66, in 2002, he was at the height of his powers, and creating music that was like a spiritual descendant of Snapper and The Clean. It was a great shock to all who knew him when he died suddenly in Dunedin in early 2004. The appraisal of his work went from initial critical acclaim in New Zealand to appreciative audiences in Europe and the USA from the late 1990s to the present day.

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Brasell, Engine, Noseflute 2002
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Michael J Hex, Are You Hexperienced, Noseflute Records 1999
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Michael J Hex, Christchurch 2004
Photo credit: Roslyn Njenhuis
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Canhex - Sentient Seas (Ghostjogger, 2002)
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Noseflute Records logo, 1998
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Lupton, Brasell, Meier, 1992
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Michael J Hex, The Hiss Explosion, Noseflute 1998
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Arc Cafe, Dunedin 4/01: Ghostjogger
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Hiss Explosion 66, Arclife 2002
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Arc Cafe, Dunedin 4/01: Ghostjogger
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Good Things Squirm gig poster, Failsafe 1994
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Arc Cafe, Dunedin 4/01: Ghostjogger
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Lupton, Brasell, Kirk, 1994
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Peter Mitchell, She's Real still from vid promo by Campbell Taylor, 1995
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Michael J Hex, Johnny Horse, Noseflute 1996
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Michael J Hex, Dunedin 4/01
Photo credit: Michael Canning
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Canhex: Brasell with hand drum, Arc Cafe, Dunedin 4/01, Ghostjogger
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Brasell mid 90s
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Labels:

Ghostjogger


Arclife


Noseflute Records


Failsafe

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