Tinnitus Profile

Michael Canning
18 Dec 2013

Pioneers of New Zealand’s electronic and experimental music scenes, Tinnitus emerged from Christchurch in 1986. They were innovators in modern multimedia art and context-specific music and sound sculpture.

They released a series of recordings and videos and performed around 40 times across the country between 1986 and 1993, provoking delight from stunned punters.

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Rotate Your State Zoo Noise poster
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Ringing In Your Ear tape poster, 1988
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Tinnitus live in Christchurch, New Year's Eve 1986/7
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Subjective Experience poster, Madras St, Christchurch, March 1988
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Firepower! poster, 1990
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Ambient Image - 1988 Tinnitus
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Rotate Your State, Dunedin 1993
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August 1987 poster for the Alive show at Manawa, broadcast on UFM
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Auckland live poster, 1988
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Noise Detonation, Palmerston North 1993
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Fire Power - 1989
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Subjective Experience Tape 9 poster
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Firepower! video poster, 1990
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Angus McNaughton playing percussion frame,  Ashley Turner playing trombone, live in Christchurch, New Year's Eve 1986/7
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Poster for the live Spiritualistic Function show, Madras St, Christchurch, March 1987
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New Years Eve, Christchurch 1986
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Rotate Your State, Auckland, June 1992
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Wellington tapes poster, 1989
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Live Shadow Show 1987
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Central Delivery cassette single poster, available at Galaxy Records, Christchurch, 1987
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Telephonic - Live 1989
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Rotate Your State, Christchurch 1991
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Gary Stevenson in the Symonds Street studio, Auckland, 1988
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Rotate Your State, Dunedin, April 1993
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Firepower! cassette poster, 1990
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Mirror of Easter show poster, Christchurch 1987
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State of Tension - 1991
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Tinnitus live in Christchurch, New Year's Eve 1986/7
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Firepower! red tape poster, 1990
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Ashley Turner, Rotate Your State, Auckland 1991
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Untamed tape poster, 1987
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The poster for Tinnitus' first cassette, 1985
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Live to air from Incubator, March 13, 1989
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Tinnitus live in Christchurch, New Year's Eve 1986/7
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Angus McNaughton's home and studio in Madras Street, Christchurch, 1987
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The foyer of Madras Street, Christchurch, 1987
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Ashley Turner at the Tinnitus performance in Christchurch, New Year's Eve 1986/7
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Tinnitus in Bristol House Studio, Auckland 1988
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Necessary Tension - 1990
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X-Spiritualistic Function 23 tape poster, 1987
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Dogs Blood Rising sculpture, 1987
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Poster for the first Tinnitus live show, 1986
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Gary Stevenson in the studio, Auckland 1992
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Mike Hodgson at Rotate Your State, 1991
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Trivia:

Once while creating an experimental film with mirrors in a car, the Tinnitus crew were confronted by security guards of a shopping centre who thought they were videoing the site to case it for a robbery. They demanded to view the footage, which was created with mirrors, and commented, “That’s pretty weird.”

In the beginning Tinnitus was an ingenious low-tech operation with McNaughton constructing a homemade eight channel mixing desk made from a biscuit tin as well as making fuzz boxes and ring modulators.

Gary Stevenson appeared on Firepower (Tape 10), Shaun Collins was on Affliction Addiction (Tape 11). Both appeared on Tin-EYE-tis Alive & Studio 1986-91 (Tape 12) & Futures Past (Flying Nun CD).

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Members:

Angus McNaughton - sequencer, percussion, mixing, visuals

Ashley Turner - brass, percussion, noise, visuals

Mike Hodgson - guitar, percussion, visuals

Shaun Collins - samples, programming.

Gary Stevenson - samples, programming.